As summer wears on, you may notice your hair getting drier and drier. You may also experience an increase in those undesirable split ends. What can you do about it?
Here’s a Top 10 list of suggestions, courtesy of Jenna Forrester, a veteran hairdresser. Working in hot, dry central California, Jenna gives the following advice to her clients often.
10. Moisturize. Soft, supple hair is a lot less likely to split and break than dry, brittle hair. Products that contain natural ingredients such as olive oil, avocado oil and almond oil are popular and effective.
9. Protect hair from the elements. Sun, heat and wind can suck the moisture right out of your locks. Keep a supply of hats and scarves at hand and grab one when you leave the house. You can also station a couple of choices in your car.
8. Take care when swimming. It goes without saying that you should rinse your hair after a swim, whether you’re enjoying a pool, a lake or the ocean. But you may also want to help your hair defend against chemicals, salt and other substances by using a leave-in conditioner or oil before you swim.
7. Limit styling. Summer is the perfect time to wear your hair up, pulled back with a headband or swept back into a ponytail. The more often you leave styling equipment in the drawer, the less damage you’ll inflict on your hair.
6. Choose tools wisely. Selecting ponytail holders? Be sure to choose some that won’t catch and break your hair. Soft scrunchies are usually the most gentle. Selecting a comb? Consider your hair’s texture. If you have very thick, coarse hair, implements with wide teeth will cause less pulling and tugging.
5. Wash hair carefully. Most of us automatically pile our hair on top of our heads and scrub away. If your hair is not extremely oily, consider washing just the part nearest the scalp and letting the suds and water flow down over the older hair below.
4. Dry hair carefully. Towel your hair gently after washing. Use the lowest heat setting on your hairdryer, keep it a good distance from your hair and try a diffuser to limit close contact.