Summer is here and it's time to let those tresses loose even if it may be the most dreaded time for your mane. When we say dreaded, we're talking about the extreme heat, sweat-inducing humidity and damaged hair from chlorine infused pools. And hey we're so over, this whole worry game! This summer, the only thing you need to be worrying about is finding that perfect destination for a vacation and leave the worrying to us.
If you're just like us, you'd know the common struggles faced during the summer months. This time, we want you to be prepared and saddle up for a summer vacation that's void of stress. Just imagine yourself in that bathing suit, sipping on some iced tea and watching the waves crash on to the shore. If that excites you, then we urge you to spoil yourself silly, this summer. Forget about those temporary hair problems that you're facing and take a look at our summer hair guide where we've highlighted some of the most common hair care problems one faces as well as a few ways to combat these. We promise you won't be disappointed and might actually pick up some useful tricks to use this summer!
Hair Problem #1 - Sweaty & Greasy Scalp
This has to be one of the most basic problems faced by one. There can be nothing worse than dealing with a sweaty body and scalp during the summers. Even though sweating can be good for the body, it may make the scalp and hair sticky, uncomfortable and sweaty. Another disadvantage is the added oiliness on the scalp that leads to us obsessively washing our hair. If you're the one to deal with a sweaty scalp, here are a few ways to take care of your hair:
Solution #1 - Reduce Styling
One way to stop your hair from getting greasy and oily is to prevent the use of heat on hair as it may trigger oil build up on the scalp. Use of heat may include styling tools use such as a hair straightener, curler or a blow dryer. Use of these may not only lead to the chemical build up but can also leave one with clogged pores that may accelerate an itchy scalp and the production of dandruff or grease.
Hair Problem #2 - Damaged and Brittle Hair
During the peak of summer, where the suns scorching rays are the hottest, damage can be caused not only to the skin but also to hair. Just like how we take care of our skin with our gazillion skin products, it's quite key to do the same for your hair. If not, your hair will look dull and damaged during the summer months where the days are to be spent letting your hair loose and highlights gleam in the midst of daylight. Damaged hair can further aggravate and lead to split ends which are incredibly difficult to deal with it. Hence it is advisable to take precautionary measures while you can.
Solution #2 - Use Hats & Appropriate Hair-care
The easiest way to prevent hair damage is to literally have something stopping the UV rays getting to your hair strands. Wearing hats, bandanas or headscarves are great solutions and act as a protector for your hair. We also suggest using appropriate hair-care to fix those damaged strands and protect your strands from the heat of the UV rays. If you're still confused and don't know what to pick. Do take a look at the hair-care solutions we offer at Freewill. All our products are non-toxic and are curated using natural extracts. What more do you need?
Hair Problem #3 - Excessive Frizz
Frizz is one of the most common enemies of one during the summers. Especially for women with thick and curly hair. At times, frizz can become difficult to deal with if you don't have the right strategy to tame it. For those who don't know what frizz is, it is the messy tangle of hair that sits upon your head from time to time. Frizz is usually caused due to a raised cuticle layer. Usually, curly haired women tend to have more frizz compared to women with straight hair the reason being dehydration. Frizz can also stem from the way the hair is styled. Although the good part is, it can be contained.
Solution #3 - Shampoos/Conditioners With Natural Oils
In order to tame frizz, one needs to start using shampoos and conditioners that may be infused with rich anti-oxidant rich hair oils for eg - Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil, etc which may be their ticket to frizz-free hair. After using an oil-enriched shampoo and conditioner, this can be followed up with a serum to tame away any remaining frizz. If you're graced with any of these frizzy moments, do ensure keeping a bottle of your serum handy to tackle them right away and you'll be all ready for summer. Hair experts also suggest avoiding hair brushes which aggravate frizz and instead suggest using wide toothed combs to minimize frizz and maintain healthy and naturally beautiful hair.
Hair Problem #4 - Chlorinated and Salty Water
While we're aware that when the sun is out, all of us want to head to the beaches, strip down and get crazy or dive right into a refreshing pool on a hot summer day. We don't know how much damage the chlorinated water in swimming pools or salty sea water can cause to our mane. Saltwater, in fact, causes one's hair to dry out & chlorine causes dryness which can ultimately turn your dyed hair green in color. While this is shocking, it's true. Therefore we urge you to be cautious. Have fun, but take a few steps to ensure that your luscious locks may not suffer down the line.
Solution #4 - Wash Your Hair Before & After
When it comes to salty or chlorinated water, the key is to wash your hair before you dive into a pool or the sea and rinse thoroughly once done with your swim. While washing your hair after the dive, make sure to use a good shampoo that will thoroughly remove all the harmful toxins and ensure your hair is clean and fresh. If you're a beach baby, don't forget the added conditioning your hair will require. Use a good hydrating conditioner to lock the moisture back into your hair. Take FreeWill's quiz now to find the perfect hair care routine if you're struggling to manage dry damaged hair due to your spontaneous swim escapades.
Hair Problem #5 - Damaged Hair As A Result of Hair Dye
While most of us choose to lighten our hair during the summer months so we can let those tresses loose and flash our highlights in the face of passersby. It is in fact not a great idea. While lighter hair does make you look amazing when it's sunny the chemicals from the dye can cause your hair to be prone to damage. As long as you're ready to take necessary steps to protect your hair from drying out we say go for it!
Solution #5 - Look for Color Treated Hair Products
While hair care is a tedious process and difficult for most. It is an absolute necessity for those who have color treated hair. Colored and chemically treated hair needs extra hydration and protection from the sun to prevent damage and loss of nutrients to the hair. Hence it makes it essential to look for products that will provide that added moisture and keep your hair smooth and hydrated. Go for hair care that is natural and toxic free such as Freewill that will keep your hair healthy and free from damage.
Everybody loves a bit of the sun and a little tan looks great. But we all know that too much, isn't good. So over the summer months, if you're out and about a lot and find yourself diving into the sea often without appropriate hair protection. Your hair can become weak and brittle. This summer, head out smartly. Acknowledge the need to protect your hair from the rigors of summer heat and sun. Invest in good hair care that will leave your locks looking nourished and beautiful. And if you don't know how to do that? Then we're here for you and at your service. Take the Freewill Quiz to find a uniquely crafted hair shampoo or conditioner that will match perfectly with your hair type. And the best part is that its hair-care made especially for you! Bonus - You also get your name engraved on it for free!
So go on now and stop procrastinating. It will take time but the effort is worth it. It's your hair that we're talking about after all! All you really need to do now is find the right tools and products that work with your hair type and put a little time into taking your hair game a little seriously. And we kid you not, that's going to make all the difference!