Tips for Beautiful Summer Hair

It’s here – summer has officially hit Australia. Although we’re dreaming of days at the beach, gelati, breezy weather and comparing tans, sun-damage is always at the forefront of our minds.

It’s easy to forget how damaging the harsh Australian sun can be. Ultraviolet radiation is a great source of vitamin D, but can also do killer damage to your skin. And whilst Australian’s are becoming more conscious of sun-protection (slip, slop, slap!) not many are conscious of how damaging the sun can be to their hair.

The sun’s UV rays are intense, able to penetrate deep into the hair and cause damage to colour pigments and cuticle scales. The sun can also cause severe damage to your hair cortex, leaving hair brittle and coarse. Extreme sun damage can fry your hair and leave it susceptible to breakage, completely void of strength and elasticity.  Plus, your scalp is just as susceptible to sunburn as the rest of your body and can lead to dandruff, ageing and hair loss.

Every year when December hits, we hear horror stories from clients who have distressed their hair through sun-exposure. We don’t want you to have to trade in your dream summer locks for dry sun-ravaged hair, so we’ve compiled an emergency summer hair guide. Say goodbye to split ends and hello to luscious hair.

Acquaint yourself with products

If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun, there’s no way of reversing damage without giving your hair some extra TLC. Conditioners are the easiest way to add life back to damaged hair. Our pick? Kevin.Murphy Angel.Rinse is enriched with grapefruit extract, camomile and olive oil, making it perfect to nourish fine, damaged hair. Mango butter, olive oil and citrus peel protects hair against sun damage. Geranium oil helps shine and manageability, cocoa butter adds back moisture and increases elasticity – and it smells AMAZING.

For a bit of extra love, Kevin.Murphy Staying.Alive is a leave in conditioning treatment, containing olive leaf extract, honey, coconut and rose hip oil. It provides an antioxidant boost to protect and soften hair. Consider this paraben free frizz-smoother your hair SOS. Or, indulge your hair with Kevin.Murphy Young.Again, to intensely revive, condition and smooth your hair. Work it through freshly washed hair 30 minutes before sun-exposure, like sunscreen for your tresses

Eat well 

Upping your vitamin intake will provide nutrients to your body and help keep your hair healthy and strong. Make sure you’re consuming enough fresh fruit and vegetables and add a vitamin boost with fresh, organic juices. Carrots, pawpaw and mangoes are full of Vitamin A, which is a hair superfood. Blueberries and kiwi fruit are a great source of Vitamin C to combat hair breakage.

Invest in a hat 

We know that when your hair looks amazing it can feel self-defeating to hide it under a hat. But the benefits of sun protection far outweigh covering up for a few hours during the brightest parts of the day. Your hair will look healthier in the long run and you can show off your gorgeous blow-dry in the late afternoon, until the early hours of the morning. You can always visit Yots Hair, and get your favourite stylist to fix up your hat hair with a blow-dry 😉

Remember to look after your skin too and invest in some sunblock!

xox The Yots Team