Summer is here, which can mean many things for your hair: sun exposure, humidity, frizziness, oiliness… the struggle is real! If you’re anything like me with coloured hair, I try to wash it once every 4 days or so, which has been so difficult to keep up with this very hot summer and in between gym visits. When I style my hair, the style usually lasts for about 2 days before it gets run down and flat. After that, it gets a bit ratchet and ugly looking, but I’ll tell you my tricks and tips on how to deal with this.
First, let’s address 2 questions:
How often should I wash my hair?
There is no strict rule as to how often you should wash your hair, it all comes down to personal preference and other factors such as your hair type, scalp texture and how oily your hair gets. Some may experience as a result of washing hair too frequently that it can cause a bit of damage to your hair and cause your scalp to be dry and itchy. If you have coloured your hair, hairdressers would normally recommend you reduce the number of times you wash your hair, so you can maintain the hair colour and it keeps it looking fresh out of the salon.
How does overwashing damage my hair?
Shampoos clean your hair with chemicals called surfactants which removes all the dirt and debris from your hair and scalp. Many shampoos on the market contain sulfate, though they leave your hair looking clean, can also strip too many of the hair’s natural oils and damage the hair. It is important to have some of your hair’s oils intact to keep your hair healthy. This is why many people opt for sulfate-free shampoos or moisturising shampoos, or vote to ditch shampoo altogether.
MY HOT TIPS
If you have coloured hair, try to reduce washing time – I aim for every 4 days, but this can be tricky depending on how your hair upholds. Here are some tips and products I would recommend for you to upkeep your hair during the summer:
Blonde or Coloured Hair
If you are a blondie looking to protect your hair this summer, make sure you use a blonde toning shampoo to keep your blonde intact. Your hair colour may fade as a result of sun exposure so you need to keep it toned and tidy. If your hair is more on the verge of yellow, then hit up the 18 in 1 Violet Shampoo and Mask to eliminate those unwanted yellow tones. If it more towards the Orange side, go for the 18 in 1 Blue Shampoo and Mask. The reason why I recommend 18 in 1 is because it is a sulfate-free and salt-free formula, making it less drying on the hair. 18 in 1 also acts a shield from harmful UV rays.
Please read my previous blog on colour depositing shampoos for more advice on how to maintain other hair colours and for more information.
If your hair is frizzy, then the humidity tends to make it 10 x worse. I know the feeling! Use a frizz free shampoo and conditioner that is lightweight with high moisturising content. Natural Look has a fantastic range of static and frizz free range enriched with Vitamin B5, E and lanolin to help tame that mane.
If your hair gets oily, go for a rebalancing shampoo that will neutralise your sebum production. Your hair and scalp can get particularly oily in summer because you get sweaty from the sun and from exercise if you have an active lifestyle. At the same time, your hair is getting dry from the sun, so the scalp is trying to produce oils to keep your hair hydrated. With this combination of sweat and oils, your hair can be a bit more greasy than usual. Inebrya’s Balance Shampoo is an effective cleanser that regulates excessive sebum production to help combat that oily hair.
If you are out in the sun, your hair can also become sun damaged just like your skin from exposure to UV rays. I would recommend using sun protection just like you do with your hair.
Fanola Oro Therapy 24k Sun Protecting Oil enriched with Argan Oil is a great formula you can apply to help filter harmful UV rays and protect the hair from environmental agents like sea salt, chlorine, wind and smog. Another option is Oro Therapy Diamante for sensitive and stressed hair that also protects from thermal stress created by flat irons and blow drying as well as environmental factors.
This brings me to my next point – always use thermal protectant on your hair to minimise damage from hot styling tools and external heat. Heat in any form can change the colour and the condition of your hair, so it is important to use a thermal protectant to ensure your hair is nice and protected. My favourite is the 18 in 1 Smoothing Cream because it smells delicious, protecting the hair from thermal heat as well as environmental factors. It has frizz control and moisturising properties enriched with Argan Oil, Keratin, Panthenol and Vitamin E.
Reaching day 3
Okay, so Day 1 and 2 were looking and feeling fantastic, but hitting day 3 and feeling a bit flat, hey? No problem-o! Here are some ways to jazz your hair up and make it day 1 all over again!
Your flat oily hair of day 3 can be quickly fixed by applying some dry shampoo between washes to alleviate oily hair.
Why not add a bit of salt? Rockstar hair has some amazing texturizing products to add to the hair and give it instant volume again. Instant Rockstar Beach Rock is great for creating your beachy waves.
To add a bit of volume, my favourite Rockstar product is the Rockstar Matte powder. It simply adds a bit of body and texture while removing excess oils and moisture from the hair.
The final day – Day 4!
So day 4 has arrived and you want to hold onto your hair for one more day before a wash. My simple solution – braids! This is actually my favourite day of the week because I get to wear my hair in a fancy braid and be like Lara Croft for the day. This also means that I don’t have to worry about my hair looking or feeling gross. Have it tied back and out of the way!
So there you have it, some summer hair hacks to keep your hair safe and healthy this summer.