Ahhh, okay friends, so I know we’re in the month of love, and I just flew out of a winter ice storm in the north. Arriving home to sunshine and humid double-digits though had me thinking about summer, and there’s no time like the present to prep those strands for epic summer hair.
From the dry heat we blast or the bitter cold of winter, to the sun, heat and sea of summer, our hair can certainly take a beating. For my long locks, which are naturally dry and curly, I’m always looking for ways to give them some extra TLC.
So, as we start to exfoliate and moisturize our skin in preparation for those long days of sunshine, it’s a great time to think about our hair too.
Even with the harsh elements like sun, salt and chlorine, there are a few ways to keep frizz and dryness away from your summer hair.
Here are 5 steps to prep for epic summer hair and de-stress those locks.
Oh, and feel free to leave a few of your own hair-care secrets in the comments.
Feed Your Hair
There aren’t many safe-ingredient natural shampoos out there, but every few months I like to mix up my routine and wanted to find something that would feed and nourish my hair without leaving behind harmful chemicals that would be absorbed through my scalp. Hair Food products are inspired by clean, simple, kitchen-crafted recipes that are full of ingredients we want to put in our hair and none of the things we don’t. Because what we put on our hair is as important as we you eat, I started using the sulfate-free and paraben-free Hair Food Nourishing Collection with coconut milk and chai spice (talk about prepping for summer hair!). It leaves my hair soft and shiny while also protecting it from future damage, and smells pretty amazing as well.
Summer Hair Protection
We use SPF on our skin, but what about our hair? Find an SPF when you’re going to be out in the sun all day. Though we can’t really slather on a creamy sunscreen, there are plenty of spray in options that will help prevent dry, lackluster summer hair damage. Another stylish protection option… wear a hat!
Prevent Summer Hair Damage
Even though we’re still weeks away from (okay, maybe not quite that far for us Floridians!) the damaging effects of summer heat, we can get our mane in shipshape right away. In fact, it’ll also help with winter’s drying effects as well.
Start by getting a trim! You guys, I had one recently after WAY too long, like it usually happens once-a-year. Yikes! So, I’m committed to a more regular trim schedule now. Follow that with a hydrating mask once a week. Hair Food also offers a great one in three of their collections (I have yet to try it, but after testing out their shampoo and conditioner, it’s on my list!).
If you’re planning on any hair treatments, namely color treatments, try to schedule those before the heat temperature rises to prevent further damage. As you can see, it’s been a long time for me in this department as well, so an appointment is going on the books!
Scalp Massage with Essential Oils
Massaging your scalp helps with blood flow and circulation which leads to a healthier scalp and promotes hair growth. Every once-in-awhile, I’ll add a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to my shampoo and massage thoroughly into my scalp, or when I’ve got a bit of extra time to let it set, I’ll use a bit of coconut oil for a scalp massage. If you’ve ever experienced postpartum hair loss, this is something that can truly help you see a difference.
Pre and Post Swim Rinse
Chlorine and salt can suck the moisture right out of your hair. Hair is like a sponge and will soak up whatever is in the water, so before and after you take a tip, give your head a quick rinse.
You can try all the Hair Food collections at Walmart and Target! Choose from Moisture, Purifying, Nourishing or Smooth Collection… which one would you choose?
And, tell me, what are you doing to nourish your hair right now? Any hair-care secrets you want to share?!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hair Food. The opinions and text are all mine.