Your Guide to Healthy Summer Hair
It’s summer time and while we’re slathering on sunscreen and moisturizer, it’s easy to forget about protecting our hair. The sun’s heat and UV rays damage and dry out our hair like it can with skin. We spoke with professional NYC hairstylist, Lucy Garcia Planck, from the John Barrett Salon to find out her top tips to keeping our locks healthy and glowing this season.
Moisturizing is key
Keeping your hair moisturized will help with help with all this season’s heat and humility. Summer air can quickly dry out your hair, so try not to wash your hair too often. If you have dry hair, try washing it 1-2 times a week max. If your hair is oily - every other day.
Take care of yourself Inside-Out:
Your diet affects your hair just like it does with your skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet with ingredients like fish, nuts and egg to keep your hair’s shine and lessen split ends. Biotin supplements also help! Biotin is a natural supplement that many don’t get enough of - low levels of biotin can lead to dry, brittle hair. Stylist Garcia recommends Vitafusion’s Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails - a gummy multivitamin with 12 key nutrients including Biotin and Vitamins C and E.
Your hair care routine doesn’t need to be expensive - try looking in your pantry first! 1-2 times a week, mix 1 full egg with coconut or avocado oil to make a hair mask and leave it on for 20-30 minutes with a shower cap. The oils have a ton of Omega 3 to help your hair grow thicker. You can also eat the inside of an aloe leaf to for the rich vitamins or mix it with avocado oil in a blender and use that as a 30 minute hair mask.
Well, after mentioning hair masks it’s no surprise that they’re crucial in keeping your hair hydrated. Try working 1 tsp of coconut oil directly on the ends of your hair up towards your scalp. Leave it in for 30-60 min and then rinse it - this should lock in your hair’s natural oils and keep it shiny.