Sun Protection for Hair and Skin
In spring it is fun again to spend time outdoors. But you should not underestimate the power of this early sun. The increased UV rays not only penetrate the skin; they can also damage the hair. Especially colored or chemically treated hair is very sensitive, but also natural hair can suffer from strong solar exposure and can quickly become stressed, dry and lose its shine. The right protection is therefore very important. You should not only protect your skin with a good sunscreen but also apply some UV protection on your hair. The easiest way is to use specific styling products, e.g. the Hydro Style line from wellaflex. These work until the hair is washed again and protect the hair from UV rays and loss of moisture and at the same time they provide reliable and flexible hold to your styling. It is important to apply the products evenly from the roots to the tips to make sure that the hair is really protected all around. Make sure to have a distance of at least 20cm when misting on hairspray, to distribute it evenly. This way the hair is well prepared for a day outdoors.
When it gets really hot in summer I mostly stay in the shade to not catch too much sun. But I still always use a sunscreen and UV protection for my hair. Even in the shade you are not a hundred percent protected from UV rays. Another thing that is never missing in my beach bag is a small spray bottle with water that I can mist over my face for quick refreshment. For my hair I always carry the Hydro Style blow drying spray by wellaflex. It makes it easy to freshen up my style and it also helps to protect my hair from UV rays.
The Right Styling Tools
In summer many women stop blow drying their hair and prefer to air dry it. That is, of course, practical, but moist hair is especially sensitive and is getting stressed through friction and other effects. To prepare the hair for a summer day without accidentally damaging it, I suggest to protect it with special products and to use a high quality blow dryer to dry it with mild heat. A good blow dryer should have a strong airflow, a cold button and adjustable temperature. A diffuser attachment makes the process even gentler. Before anything else, make sure to work some mousse or blow drying lotion into the towel dry hair, to protect it from the dryer’s heat and the loss of moisture. The new Hydro Style blow drying spray from wella is ideal for this: it applies as easy as pie and helps to provide the hair with moisture. In addition it also protects from environmental influences until you wash your hair again. Besides the right blow dryer you should pay attention to having the best combs and brushes and work through moist hair very carefully. The best tools are a wooden comb or a brush with natural bristles, because they preserve the structure of the hair.
Salt and Chlorine in the Water
Jumping into cold water is still the best refreshment on a hot day. As an athlete I was in the water every day. That’s how I know how strongly the salts and chlorine can dry out the hair. My SOS tip: I always carry a bottle of fresh water with me to the pool or the beach. I use this to rinse my hair as a first measure and then I distribute a little Hydro Style blow drying spray evenly through my hair. This gives great moisture and protects from UV rays. In the evening I use a shampoo for sun stressed hair to remove all residue from the salt or chlorine and finish up with a moisturizing conditioner. This way my hair is fit for the next day.