The heat waves are coming! While it’s an exciting time of year—sun, pools, the beach—all those great summer elements can wreak havoc on your hair. Les Harvey, Artistic Director of FHI Heat, tells us how to keep our locks luscious and fabulous!
-Shampoo with hydrating, color safe, sulfate-free shampoos. "I recommend sulfate free shampoos because they use natural cleansers to clean the hair without using the harsh sulfate detergents that are responsible for degrading the color or lowlights you spent your hard earned money on. I would also recommend an acidifying conditioner. Acidifying conditioners help seal the cuticle around the color molecules on the hair shaft and allow for the color to last longer!"
– Wash hair with tepid or lukewarm water. "Washing with too hot water can actually open the cuticle removing the hair’s natural moisture and further dry out the hair. It also contributes to color loss. Try using a natural bristle brush and brush the hair from scalp to ends allowing the natural oils or sebum to cover the hair.
– Very IMPORTANT, make sure you shampoo immediately following swimming in the pool! The chlorine can strip hair and discolor it. In the summer, the sun can amplify these chemicals increasing the stress to the hair, leaving it very brittle. Add the sun’s solar energy into the mix and you will start to see the bleaching effect on hair, the sun is like a bleach factory. At the very least, one should rinse the hair off with tepid fresh water after pool and ocean swims."
-Conditioning hair in the summer months is very important. "I stay stick with the acidifying type for daily use if you have color and highlights. The acid helps keep the cuticle closed while holding onto the hair color. I would also try a hydrating conditioner once every two weeks to maintain the softness and condition of the hair. For extremely dry and brittle hair keep a comb in the shower. After applying the conditioner to the hairs ends and mid strand, comb the conditioner through the hair. This makes sure that the hair, which needs the most help, absorbs it."
-Style hair with alcohol free and silicone-free products. "Nowadays we have such a great selection of natural hair sprays, shampoos and conditioners that work fantastic. For styling products, I recommend serums that contain no drying silicone, but instead natural moisturizers, such as FHI Heat’s Hot Sauce which contains jojoba crystals. Silicone leads to brittle hair, and when heat is applied, the silicone melts and embeds itself into the hair shaft, causing color not to stick to hair!
-Finish hair with UV enriched sprays. "Use a spray or pomade that has a UV protectant and use just enough to get the desired look."
At-home tip for summer beach hair and skin spray:
– Boil 2 cups of bottled water
– Add 4 tablespoons of SPF 40 or higher sunscreen (lotion or cream works best)
– Stir until well emulsified
– Let cool
– Put into a clean spray bottle with sprayer nozzle.
"I use this on my hair at the beach and also my skin for a recharge in battling the suns harmful UV rays…it also gives my hair that nice shiny look!"
– Use gentle heat styling tools featuring far-infrared heat (gentle, healthy heat). Blowers, flat irons, curling irons, all hair tools that utilize ceramic, tourmaline, and far-infrared heat can help prevent heat damage.
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"The last thing piece of advice: stay out of the sun whenever possible or at least wear a hat when prolonged outdoor exposure is in the forecast."
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