Summer is upon us! For many, this means hours of outdoor time. From lazy days in the garden to brisk strolls through the park, it’s likely that you’ll be spending plenty of time soaking up the sun. But while there is certainly nothing wrong with a healthy dose of vitamin D, too much exposure to the heat can be harmful.
For example, it’s not uncommon for your hair and skin to feel dry, limp, and lifeless during the summer months. These symptoms are a result of the increased heat, humidity, and the sun’s dangerous UV rays.
The good news is that you do not have to shy away from the sun to look and feel great. Find out how to take care of natural hair in the summer.
Here Are Our 10 Tips on How You Can Nourish Yourself and Your Hair for the Summer
1. Cover Up!
A wide-brimmed hat is a wonderful thing. Not only will it leave you looking suave and fashionable, but it’s one of the easiest ways to protect your hair and your face from penetrating UV rays. A hat can also help your scalp to retain moisture, helping to keep your hair quenched and lively.
To add – hats (and scarves) are the perfect accessories to use when it comes to protecting your loose tresses from the wind.
They can stop your locks from tangling and knotting, thus reducing the chances of breakage.
So, start shopping for this year’s trendiest hats and scarves!
2. Loosen Up Protective Hairstyle
Tight hairstyles can damage your hair, especially when it starts to dry from the summer heat. So, why not loosen things up a little? A soft messy braid is a perfect way to keep your hair in control while minimising its exposure to the sun. It will also prevent your locks from tangling and knotting while you take a dip in the pool or ocean.
3. SPF Is Your Friend
Protecting your skin from the sun is easy. There are so many great SPF products on the market that can help it to stay moisturised and perfectly sun-kissed.
Ensuring that your hair is safeguarded from direct exposure to UV rays, well that’s a different story. While there are shampoo brands that boast UV protection, most of them are chemical-laden, conventional shampoos that could be just as harmful to your locks.
Your best bet, in this regard, is to invest in a salon-quality hair oil – such as Brillante Oil by Rossano Ferretti, for example. This oil puts moisture back into your strands while using natural ingredients and work as a UV filter to protect your hair shaft. It’s blissfully indulgent!
4. Use a Wide-Tooth Comb
If you enjoy a good swim, then your hair is likely to get wet in summer more than any other season. So, now may be a good time to invest in a wide-tooth comb.
If you brush your hair when it’s wet, then it’s more susceptible to breaking. However, a wide-tooth comb is very gentle when used to untangle hair (it won’t tear and snag your strands like a regular brush would).
5. Wash your Hair Less Often
We suggest to only wash your hair every two or three days to help avoiding stripping your scalp of its natural oils, since when you remove the natural oils this stimulates the scalp to produce more oil and it is best to avoid this happening excessively as it can leave your hair feeling dirty and sticky.
We suggest you alternate your hair wash with using a dry shampoo in between the days you don’t wash your hair. In this way, your natural oils can keep your hair cleansed without building up and making you feel greasy.
Try our Vivace Dry Shampoo Crème as the perfect solution.
6. Spritz and Seal
Keep a spritzer on hand to spritz your skin and hair whenever you need a bit of added moisture. A mixture of water, aloe vera juice, and avocado oil is great for your skin. And then Rossano Ferretti has an amazing Prodigio Regenerating Oil, that’s perfect for keeping your hair nourished during the hot summer months.
7. Reduce the Heat
Blow-waved locks do look fabulous, but if you can, try to stay away from the hairdryer as often as you can, and if you can’t, then reduce the heat or use a protective heat spray. The same goes for your flat-iron. The heat from these styling tools can dry out your hair, making it brittle, fragile, and more susceptible to sun damage.
8. Condition – Always!
If your hair is soft and healthy to start, then it’s less likely to be further damaged by the summer’s penetrating sun rays. This means frequent conditioning. But remember, conditioning is more than just keeping your hair moisturised. A good conditioner will help repair split ends and heat-damaged and over-processed hair so that it’s ultimately nourished. For this, you may want to try Rossano Ferretti’award winning hair masks.
The same applies to your skin. Soft and supple skin will be less prone to damage from the sun, so be sure to apply a well-formulated skin conditioner or moisturiser to your skin regularly.
9. Improve Your Diet
Sometimes, the best way to nourish your entire body is from the inside out. This means that you need to adapt your lifestyle so that you maintain a healthy diet that will do wonders for your skin, hair, and overall well-being.
Here’s a list of foods that are great for nourishing skin, hair, and even your nails:
- Protein-rich foods – such as white meat, nut, eggs, quinoa, beans, and Greek yogurt
- Healthy fats – such as nuts, avocados, coconut milk, full-fat dairy
- Fruits and vegetables – at least 5 portions a day!
Taking a daily multivitamin or supplement may also be a good idea.
10. Relax and Unwind
A relaxed body is generally a healthier one. Take time this summer to relax and unwind so that your body can heal from the stressors of life and nourish itself naturally. When you are stressed, your and skin and hair can take a turn for the worse – so, do your best to enjoy your summer and take a well-deserved breather!