Saturday, May 14, 2005

FINALLY...The weekly hair segment will commence!

Finally I'm getting around to doing this. Things as you all know have been a bit hectic around here, but since there was some interest in weekly hair tips, today is the start of it. Today we're going to talk about summer hair care.

A few facts you should know:

Your hair actually does grow faster in the summer. It's not the heat that does it, it's the longer daylight hours. We are living things, and as with all living things, we respond to light. So if you think your hair grows faster certain times of the year, it does! Summer is also the time for some major sun damage, even if you don't have color or perm in your hair. It's important to take care of you hair or by the end of the summer you're going to resemble a brillo pad! Another fact, many people go tanning, and because the exposure you get in their is a filtered one, you tend to not burn like you would in the sun. But did you know that the UVB rays that are in all tanning beds are actually the ones that cause damage in the hair? So if you tan in tanning beds, COVER YOUR HAIR!! When at the beach or even just out on a sunny day, you should use products that have sunscreen in them. They not only protect your scalp, but they protect your hair. There are tons of them out in the stores, and your local hair salons should have them too. Always use a leave-in conditioner on your hair in the summer too, it's just that more added protection for it. If you swim in chlorine, always always use a shampoo for swimmers. The chlorine in pools is actually more damaging than some color services for you hair. The same goes for salt water, as salt water can cause dryness and fading. Bring a leave in conditioner with you to the beach. Preferably one with sunscreen in it, and spray it on your hair periodically to keep your hair looking its best all summer long.
Many people say well that's all well and good, but I don't have the time/money/patience to do all that. Look at it this way. If you buy good lingerie, or even delicate clothing, you wash it by hand and use detergent specifically for those clothes. You wax your car so the finish always looks good and doesn't get dull from the elements. You protect your skin with creams to keep the wrinkles away. Why would you NOT take care of your hair? It's exposed more to the elements and heat drying than either your fine washables or your skin. Treat it well and it will treat you well too!!!
Hope that was helpful, next week we will discuss salon color vs at home color and how to best do both. Have a great weekend!

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