HOW TO SUR­VIVE HEAT WAVE hair

b+ s beauty ed­i­tor Kelsey Feren­cak ex­plains how you can help your locks con­quer sweat, swim­ming and sun all sum­mer long

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - BEAUTY -

When sum­mer hits, do you switch up your skin care but leave your strands in the lurch? The truth is, the sea­sonal shift can cause just as much chaos to your mane as it does to your face. From swim­ming and sun dam­age to sweat, the hot weather can make your tresses be­have badly – and no hair type is safe.

“Ev­ery­one’s hair is unique in both tex­ture and be­hav­iour, how­ever, sum­mer af­fects each type in the same way be­cause they’re all made from the same fi­brous pro­tein – ker­atin,” ex­plains Davies. “Sum­mer dries the hair out, mak­ing it be­come por­ous, weak and brit­tle.”

But, even though we all ex­pe­ri­ence the same dam­age, the out­comes vary de­pend­ing on your hair type. Fo­cus­ing on a tai­lored ap­proach will en­sure your strands stay healthy and strong.

Thin­ner hair is likely to suf­fer more dam­age from UV rays, heat and salt wa­ter. “Thin hair is more sen­si­tive, so can’t cope as well in com­par­i­son to other hair types. Avoid a lot of ocean swim­ming and ex­po­sure to the sun,” Gar­cia ex­plains.

Thick hair is gen­er­ally drier, which can be ex­ac­er­bated in sum­mer, so add ex­tra hy­drat­ing prod­ucts to your ar­se­nal.

For curly hair, con­trol­ling frizz is your main aim. Nader ex­plains: “The more mois­ture you pro­vide, the bet­ter your hair will be­have. Af­ter show­er­ing, run cold wa­ter over your hair to seal the shaft, then blot dry – don’t rub – to help add shine and con­trol, and di­min­ish the frizz caused by de­hy­dra­tion.”

Ma­ture hair lacks mois­ture and elas­tic­ity, so pro­tect­ing against de­hy­dra­tion and sun ex­po­sure is key. “To re­vive dull, de­hy­drated hair, switch to a mois­tur­is­ing sham­poo and con­di­tioner that is low in al­co­hol to avoid fur­ther de­hy­dra­tion,” says Nader.

Gar­cia adds: “Use nour­ish­ing in­gre­di­ents and masks, and try to limit heat styling and ocean swim­ming.”

For men, re­mem­ber that your scalp is more ex­posed, so UV pro­tec­tion is es­sen­tial. Also re­mem­ber that swim­ming doesn’t count as a wash! Nader rec­om­mends us­ing a con­di­tion­ing sham­poo that both cleans and hy­drates.

LOOK OUT FOR TH­ESE MANE MEN­ACES 1 SUN­LIGHT

Yes, sun ex­po­sure causes colour-treated hair to fade, but the same goes for nat­u­ral locks. UVB rays pen­e­trate the hair cu­ti­cle and break down the pig­ment, mak­ing hair dull and matte look­ing. But your shade isn’t the only thing be­ing af­fected, UV ex­po­sure and heat cause mois­ture in your hair to evap­o­rate, dry­ing it out and caus­ing break­age. “UV ra­di­a­tion ox­i­dises and weak­ens hair in a sim­i­lar way to bleach­ing,” says Davies. “It makes hair por­ous and brit­tle, lead­ing to break­age and split ends.” Pro­tect your hair with some sun­screen for your strands as well as a hat.

2 CHLO­RINE

The chem­i­cal is in­tensely dry­ing to both your hair and scalp, and con­trib­utes to weak strands and colour fade. “It dam­ages the hair struc­ture, leav­ing it coarse and brit­tle,” ex­plains Davies. “Be­fore swim­ming, rinse your hair with wa­ter – your hair works like a sponge and if it’s al­ready wet, it will ab­sorb less chlo­rine.” An­other op­tion is to coat hair in a plant oil, such as co­conut. “It acts as a bar­rier and pro­tects hair,” says Gar­cia.

3 SALT WA­TER

Hair that’s fresh from the ocean sounds good in the­ory, but in re­al­ity you’re left with crunchy, straw-like strands. “The sea has a high salt con­tent and it’s os­motic, mean­ing it can leave hair dry, parched and brit­tle,” ex­plains Davies. As with chlo­rine, rinse your hair be­fore swim­ming or ap­ply an oil. Rinse off ex­cess salt af­ter swim­ming, too.

“Fo­cus­ing on a tai­lored ap­proach will en­sure your strands stay healthy and strong”

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