Summertime is an exciting season full of long days spent with friends and family outdoors, by the pool, on the beach, or simply relaxing and barbecuing in the backyard. For many people, though, hotter temps and muggier humidity causes them to worry about one of the things they sometimes have the least control over—your hair! While it’s good to be concerned about the health of your hair, there are a number of ways you can take care of your hair. In today’s blog, our scalp care experts will offer their advice to help you protect and manage your hair all summer long.
Between extra hours spent baking in the sun by the pool and increased outdoor activity, it’s crucial to stay hydrated this summer. Drinking enough water is key to maintaining healthy skin and hair while fighting heat exhaustion, dehydration, and fatigue. Staying hydrated helps carry nutrients to your cells, improving body function, circulation, and overall wellness. When dehydration sets in, the water you drink to dehydrate your body replenishes your vital organs first, meaning that your hair tends to get very little hydration, which leads to brittle, frizzy, and dry hair. Additionally, dehydration is one of the causes of hair loss, dry scalp, and dandruff.
The remedy? Make sure to get your fill of water on a daily basis. Health experts recommend consuming at least eight to ten glasses of water daily, but depending on your physical activity and the hours you spend playing in the hot sun, you’ll likely want to increase your water intake to make up for the water you sweat out. Add a few slices of refreshing fruit or cucumber to your water for additional taste and nutrients. Also, try our Pro|Gen Comfort, which provides hydration and nourishment to your hair and scalp.
Maintain a Healthy, Protein-Rich Diet
A healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients does wonders for your hair and scalp, especially one that is rich in proteins because your hair is protein! Because each strand of your hair is made up of protein, your hair needs protein to grow strong and healthy. Eating protein-rich foods such as fish, chicken, eggs, spinach, nuts, grapefruits, and blueberries helps you get your fill of all the healthy goodness that stimulates hair growth and maintains healthy hair and scalp.
Make healthy choices with your summer meals to ensure that you’re getting optimum nutritional value that contributes to voluminous, beautiful hair. Also, try our Pro|Gen Active product line that encourages a healthy scalp, stimulates hair growth, while making your hair look fuller and thicker.
Minimize Excessive Oil
Unfortunately, scorching summer temperatures and humidity attribute to excessive oils forming on the scalp. These increased temperatures stimulate sebum production; in other words, sebum is the oil emitted from your sebaceous glands that is meant to protect and moisturize your skin and hair. However, your skin can overproduce sebum, especially during the hotter months, causing your hair to appear greasy and oily. Not to mention that during the summer people are more active, spending more time outdoors, exercising, or gardening. Heating up, sweating, and cooling down definitely impacts our sweat patterns. Likewise, excessive sweating contributes to oily hair and skin. You’ll also want to avoid oil-based hair products.
Try using our line of Pro|Gen Balance products to help combat excessive oils in the hair and scalp. And once again, staying hydrated will also help manage your oily scalp.
Protect Your Hair from the Elements
Protecting your hair from the elements can make for a healthier scalp and hair this summer. While it’s difficult to avoid the sun and wind completely, there are simple ways you can protect your hair and scalp. The most damaging aspect of the sun is exposure to dangerous ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB rays) that can damage hair cuticles (outer layer of the hair strand). Sun damage causes dryness, brittleness, and frizziness that makes your hair susceptible to breakage.
Be mindful of your time spent in the sun. While sunshine provides vitamin D that is wonderful for your health, be sure to load up on sunscreen before heading outdoors. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, provides broad spectrum coverage, and is sweat and water resistant. To stay protected throughout the day, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours for the best protection against harmful ultraviolet rays. Also wear a hat or scarf for extra protection during long hours spent in the sun.
Give our Pro|Gen Frequence line a try to help relieve, purify, and hydrate the scalp.
Protect Your Hair at the Pool
One of the best things about summer is relaxing poolside. According to one study, swimming at the pool is the fourth most popular sporting activity. This study also notes that 89 million people swim in public pools during the summer months. While swimming is a great way to get some exercise and have fun in the sun, chlorine in combination with powerful sun rays has damaging effects on our skin and hair. Although chlorine is a sanitizer meant to disinfect pool water and protect us from germs, it is also quite harmful, as it strips the hair and skin of natural oils, increasing dryness and porosity.
Try coating your wet hair with coconut oil or serum to work as a protectant before getting into the pool. Also, wearing a swimming cap will offer excellent protection against chlorine and the sun. To give your hair and scalp some relief after the pool, apply our Pro|Gen Comfort products to help reduce irritation and discomfort caused by chlorine.
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We hope you have found our tips helpful for maintaining and protecting a healthy scalp and hair this summer. From hydrating shampoo to scalp nourishing serum, our diverse variety of Pro|Gen products can be easily implemented into your daily hair care routine to fit your hair and scalp health struggles and needs. Please check out our Pro|Gen line today to help you nourish your hair and scalp.