5 Hair Care Hacks to Maintain Healthy Locks
Written by Dr. Griffin
Intense sunlight is rough on your hair and skin, but UV rays shouldn’t be the only concern for people enjoying warmer weather. Exposure to extra humidity, extreme heat, wind, chlorine, saltwater, dirt, debris, and everything else you get from being outdoors can also harm your hair. You need to do what you can to keep your hair guarded against these factors—especially if it’s long. If you’re not careful, your once rich, manageable locks can end up dry, tired, and bleached. Want to keep your hair happy and healthy, even when you’re often taking it on outdoor adventures? The team at Griffin Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia provides surgical and non-surgical hair replacement therapy for Philadelphia-area patients. Here’s what we recommend to keep your hair in good condition:
1. Soak Your Hair Before Swimming
Get your hair completely saturated with clean, fresh water and add some leave-in conditioner before you go into the pool or ocean. This will block your hair from absorbing as much salt, chlorine, or other chemicals.
2. Use a Cleansing Conditioner
If you’re constantly swimming during the day, ditch the shampoo and use just water and conditioner to avoid drying it out.
3. Get a Haircut
Give your hair a trim to get rid of any dead or split ends. This will be like a detox for your hair. Studies have shown that our hair does grow slightly faster during the summer compared to the winter months. Not to mention, you’ll probably prefer a more lightweight cut when it’s hot and humid, and it will be easier to manage.
4. Try a Hair Mask
For nourishment and recovery after a vacation, try applying a hair mask once a week at home.
5. Clean Your Hair to Remove Oil
Our hair tends to get greasier in the warmer months, so it’s important to wash it regularly on the same schedule you normally would, even if you’re camping or traveling. If you don’t have access to shampoo, you can brush a small amount of baby powder or cornstarch through your hair to keep it clean. Alternatively, you can just rinse it out with plain water.