I LOVE SUMMER! There is something about summer that makes people so much happier, me included! Here in the Northwest, where summer begins July 5th, those 2 months of sunshine are like gold. Here are 7 of the many reasons why I love summer!
- Fresh dewy glow of make-up free skin!
- It’s bathing suit and shorts season for the kids which dramatically cuts down on laundry!
- COVID homeschooling is done, hopefully for good!
- Run into the back of someone with a cart at the grocery store and they turn and SMILE at you!
- Kids can eat ice cream for dinner and no one calls you a bad parent!
- Those stretched out days where it stays light past 9pm!
- And who does not love a day at the beach?
Okay, but summer time is not all fun and games. Something very close to you is not necessarily fond of summer and that something is your hair. But it does not have to be that way! First, let’s set the level straight on one thing, and that is, "we regret to inform you that your hair is dead". Dead. Those commercials that speak to bringing your hair back to life? Not true, for unlike the Phoenix your hair will not rise again. At least not alive.
Most of your hair is made of keratin which is also the main component of your skin and nails. Inside the hair follicle is a bulb where living hair is formed. Blood vessels bring nutrients to the cells inside the hair follicles, hair cells then grow out of the hair follicles which become the hair you see on your skin and scalp. The hair follicles continue to push old dead cells out and create new ones; your hair roots in your scalp and your skin which becomes the hair you see.
This is the reason why treatments for hair growth focuses on your scalp and hair follicles versus the hair (non-living cells) on your head.
So back to summer! Hair-loss and scalp irritation are common hair problems during the summer. Humidity, heat, increased activity, etc., trigger sweating and along with oils produced on the scalp are a great base for pollution and dirt to stick to. In addition, salt in your sweat comes to the surface of the scalp weakening the hair roots and adding to hair loss. Adding to this, accumulation of sweat on the scalp promotes bacteria and fungai growth leading to smelly hair. Protecting your hair from this sweaty, dirty, smelly, salty mix is critical for hair health, particularly during the warmer months.
Keeping your scalp & hair clean & dry can help you get rid of this problem. In addition, here are three great products from Aveda that I use to help maintain healthy summer hair.
AVEDA sun care hair and body cleanser is a product that you might find really beneficial this time of year. It is derived from a color-safe formula that gently and effectively removes chlorine, salt, and product build-up; all while helping to maintain moisture balance. Here is how it works.
- A corn-derived chelator helps remove minerals found in chlorinated pool water which can cause discoloration. (Chelating agents are small molecules that grab atoms or smaller molecules out of a solution and hold onto them.)
- A babassu-derived cleansing system helps remove chlorine and salt.
- Plant oils help moisturize and condition.
- It is scented with a light tropical aroma.
- It contains natural sun filters.
- This product works for all hair types.
Even if you do not find yourself doing a lot of swimming, it is still great for removing that build-up from product. If you are finding that your hair is a little limp, this can be a great product for you. It is also color safe and does not remove tone.
It is super easy to use. Just apply it like you would a regular shampoo and if you are going to use it on your body, put it directly on your skin or use a wash cloth, loofah, etc., and remove that build-up that is there. This product is really amazing! The chelating properties act as a magnet to pull impurities out of your hair while leaving your hair nice and conditioned and refined without that build-up of materials that can leave your hair dry and damaged.
This next product, AVEDA sun care protective hair veil, is a great product if you are spending any time outdoors.
- AVEDA sun care protective hair veil is a lightweight, water-resistant UV defense mist.
- It has UVA/UVB filters derived from wintergreen and cinnamon bark oils to help protect hair from the drying effects of the sun.
- This product works for all hair types.
Like AVEDA sun care hair and body cleanser, it is simple to use. Just take a couple of sprays and let that fine mist settle. It has mango and shea butter in it which acts as a smoothing agent. This will help lay down any of your "flyaways" and one really cool part is that it has cinnamon and wintergreen which are natural sun filters.
Sun care protective hair veil will help protect hair from any of the free radicals*, UV damage, and environmental factors that will increase the likelihood of your color fading when you are out enjoying the sunshine. A little tip; I even have some guests spray it on if their hair is thinning a little bit to get a little scalp protection. (*If you want to get scientific; free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. The uneven number allows them to easily react with other molecules and can cause large chain chemical reactions in your body because they react so easily with other molecules. Surplus oxygen reacts with existing natural hair pigments to produce a slight lifting effect.)
The third product I want to talk about is AVEDA sun care after-sun hair mask.
- AVEDA sun care after-sun hair masque is an intensive cream masque that moisturizes to restore the look and feel of sun-exposed hair.
- Protein helps restore weakened hair.
- Plant oils help moisturize and condition hair.
- This product should be used weekly or whenever hair is exposed to sun, salt and chlorine.
The great thing about this product is that it is going to help restore moisture and protein back in your hair that can be lost from uv damage, sun exposure, and many other environmental factors. All you need to do to use this product is to shampoo your hair like you normally would, wring it out really well, put some in the palm of your hand, rake it through your hair and leave it in. It’s simple!
Once you have massaged it in, you want to leave it in for 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing with luke-warm water and it is going to help restore your hair's condition from the time you spent outside in the elements. It also provides great protection for color treatments. Whether you were traveling, hiking, swimming, or doing other things that can impact the damage to your hair through fun in the sun, this is the product for you.
So three great AVEDA products from the AVEDA sun care family: AVEDA sun care hair and body cleanser, AVEDA sun care protective hair veil, and AVEDA sun care after-sun hair mask are three keys in summer-proofing your hair and making this summer one your hair will love as much as you do!
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