It’s the unofficial start to summer. That means plenty of time at the beach, taking a dip in the pool to cool off and other activities that can actually damage your hair.
Ricky Pennisi, a leading stylist and founder of RI CI, wants to make sure that your hair doesn’t get dry and fried this summer season (and beyond). Many people don’t realize that their “fun in the sun”can cause damage and stress to your hair from the exposure to the sun, salt water and chlorine.
Here are Ricky’s top tips on how to prevent damage to your hair.
Dry, frizzy hair won’t hold a curl or style, and can even take longer to dry. Prevent dry hair by using sulfate-free shampoo and conditions. Many shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which can strip the hair of its natural oils leaving it dry and frizzy. Just like your body, your hair craves moisture. Think of your hair as a sponge. It can only hold a certain amount of water in it. Products that are water-based hydrate your hair. If you fill your hair with hydrating products, you satisfy your hair’s thirst and prevent it from getting it outside.
Invest in a great conditioner, like the RI CI Drench which can be used as a leave-in conditioner when added to a water in a spray bottle. This step seals your hair’s moisture. The bottle is also great to bring with you to the pool and beach to give your hair that extra bit of love.
Eliminate the heat. Heat causes your hair cuticle to split open, which creates frizz. If you must blow dry or use a diffusor, set it to a medium setting. It might take a little longer, but it’s better for your hair.
Always apply your styling products immediately after you wash your hair. Once hair starts to dry without products, frizz begins to set in. Dry hair is most fragile to frizz. Use a brush/comb only on wet hair and if you’re blowing out, limit to 2x week.
It is important to touch your hair as little as possible while wet. Over manipulation of wet hair that’s curly or naturally wavy will lead to frizz. Once your hair is completely dry, feel free to manipulate your hair freely.
Your scalp and hair are two separate entities. Never put conditioner above your crown line. The oils in the conditioner are too heavy for your scalp and can leave you feeling greasy.
Do you have any additional hair care tips for the summer that you would like to add? Feel free to leave a comment and tell me more about them.
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