Just like your skin, if you want healthy hair all year round, you need to protect it all year round.
However, if you’re like me and pay as little attention to your hair as possible, you might need to give it some extra TLC ahead of frazzling season!
So, here are my tips to looking after your luscious locks this summer…
If you want to look after your hair without the help of products, there are several easy steps you can take.
My hair is generally in good condition, and I think this is because I leave it be. Typically my hair is always pinned up, but even when I wear it down I rarely use any heating instruments because it has a natural wave that doesn’t need much tweaking. I can’t even remember the last time I used a hair dryer. Actually, I don’t even know if I own one anymore.
If you want to keep your hair in great condition, try allowing your hair to dry naturally – especially if you wash your hair frequently. Heat protection sprays can only do so much, and eventually the constant heat from your hair dryer is going to damage your flowing locks.
Up-dos are perfect as they prevent you from using straighteners, curling irons or other heated instruments, AND, they always look fab – they don’t even have to be that fancy. Try a loose plait, top knot or the classic pony tail. Also, up-dos generally keep your hair fresher for longer so you don’t have to wash it as often.
Learn to love your natural hair. I realise how cringey and motheresque that sounds, but do it! I have really thick, wavy, Hagrid hair that I used to hate having to deal with, and just wanted glamorous celebrity style waves. Now, I know it needs a couple of days, untouched, following a wash to get a bit gritty before it plays ball. The sooner you accept your weave in all its glory, the sooner you will understand how to work with it.
Affordable, Must Have Hair Masks
Although cutting down on the heat your hair receives will help keep it healthier, conditioning treatments are a great solution to frazzled, damaged and sad hair.
At the moment my hair has bleach in it, so I try to incorporate a special treatment into my routine once a week.
Here are my three favourites at the moment, and a definite solution to sorry looking locks:
1. My Little Beauty Repairing Hair Mask
I subscribe to My Little Box, a monthly delivery of beauty, fashion and lifestyle goodies and treats. And in May’s ‘My Little Dream Box’, I received the brand’s very own hair repairing mask – Masque Reparateur.
This is a great treatment for dry hair and split ends. With shea butter and walnut oil, your hair not only feels silky soft, but it smells amazing for days!
After you have shampooed, work a little through the ends of your hair and leave for as long as possible. I tend to do all my other shower duties and then rinse it out so it has a good amount of time to treat my mane. I also rinse it with cold water instead of warm as this helps seal the moisture to each individual strand of hair.
2. Bleach London Reincarnation Mask
You’ve probably seen Bleach London’s Reincarnation Mask once or twice in the blogmosphere.
I love this, and it is perfect for any level of bleached hair. After I use it my hair feels so much thicker and has such a healthy glow.
One thing I would say is, if like me you have warmer blonde in your hair, try and use the mask once every two weeks. I’ve noticed that it is has a similar effect as blue shampoo; brightening the blonde. If you have more ashy tones then you will get away with using this more often.
3. DIY Conditioning Treatment
I love a homemade beauty treatment!
I think it’s because I have control and know exactly what’s going into the mix, so I can guarantee great and safe results.
As I mentioned with my homemade face masks, you know it’s good for you when you want to eat it! Enter my Banana and Honey DIY hair mask.
Although it sounds like breakfast, it has so many benefits for your hair:
- Bananas heal dry, damaged hair whilst strengthening individual follicles and maintaining a healthy scalp
- Honey is extremely moisturising and nourishes damaged hair with its restorative properties
- Coconut oil is the key to every DIY mask as it restores and protects your hair
To make, simply mash two bananas until there are no lumps left. To this, add 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil and 1 tablespoon pure honey and mix thoroughly. Add this to the ends of your hair and leave for around 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and use a comb to remove any left over mask.
This is enough for the ends of my long, thick hair, so if you have short hair adjust the amount you make accordingly.
How do you look after your hair in summer?