The very elements we love about summer—sun, heat, water—also wreak havoc on unprotected tresses. We round up four hair rescue tips from celebrity hair stylist Patrick Melville for summer hair TLC.
Before that signature dried-out and frizzy mane becomes the unintentional main attraction of your beachside lounging this season, plan for a summer hair care intervention. While hanging by a pool is the best summer stress relief, environmental factors such as humidity, UV rays and the heat during summer months dehydrate and damage already dry and colour-treated hair. What’s worse? “In the summer, we tend to wash our hair more which in turn strips the moisture from your hair,” says celebrity hair stylist Patrick Melville, who helped formulate the paraben and sulfate-free Aveeno Pure Renewal shampoo and conditioner to tend to summer locks.
Melville rounds up the top environmental factors that can harm our tresses this summer and gives us his best tips for restoring hair to a healthy, UV-protected shine.
Summer sun damage factor #1: UV rays
Expert hair breakdown: “As we head into spring/summer, remember to protect your strands like you protect your skin. The sun can cause your hair to look fried and even cause your scalp to burn!”
The hair rescue: “Apply conditioner throughout your hair to protect your locks from UV rays. Your hair will feel healthier, stronger and softer.” Take extra care after a day spent lounging poolside: “When coming out of the pool, make sure to rinse hair well with fresh water.”
Summer sun damage factor #2: The elements
Expert hair breakdown: “Chlorine, sun, salt water, and humidity are major dampers on your hair, whether they be harmful or just a pain on your styling regiment,” warns Melville. The harmful effects of sun damage to exposed tresses? “Stripped colour, extreme loss of moisture balance and breakage as well as frizzy and uncontrollable hair.”
The hair rescue: “If you have dry, frizzy, weak hair, deep conditioning your hair should be a must! Many things cause these effects to the hair such as overuse of hair tools or chemicals in your products. Deep conditioning will help restore the hair and bring back some of the natural shine,” says Melville, who recommends using a deep conditioner mask in the shower once a week to maintain smooth locks all summer long. “If you have a full day ahead in the sun, always bring a hat or scarf to cover your tresses!”
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