We love summer: lazing in the sun, lounging at the pool, playing at the beach. With all that time spent outdoors, you know you need to use sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays. But what about protecting your hair (without hiding it under a hat)? This week, our stylists are offering up tips to help you shield your hair from the harsh effects of sun, salt, and chlorine. Here’s their advice:
1. Condition it. During the summer, you should be using conditioning treatments regularly. Spray in LANZA’s Noni Fruit Leave-In Conditioner after washing, and you’ll get smooth, manageable hair that smells great. Like all of LANZA’s styling products, this hydrating spray also includes UVA, UVB, and UVC protection – a moisture-locking sunscreen for your hair!
2. Braid it. Braids are a gorgeous look for summer – but we don’t love them just because they’re beautiful. They also keep hair off of your neck in the hot weather and help to protect your hair from the sun (when your strands are folded into a braid, they’re getting less UV exposure). Braids are also a natural way to give your hair some body. Braid your hair while it is still damp, get your beauty rest, and then take out your braids in the morning – you’ll end up with effortless, beachy waves. Another great professional tip: press a flat iron to the braid (once the hair is dry) to make waves more defined.
3. Coat it. Your hair is like a sponge. When it’s dry, it will soak up any moisture you apply to it. That’s why you should never jump into a pool with dry hair. Instead, wet it first and then coat it with LANZA’s Trauma Treatment before swimming. Hair that is already wet is less able to soak up the harsh chemicals in the pool, and the Trauma Treatment will act as an additional barrier.
4. Tame it. Summer humidity can make you hair go wild. To tame the tresses, use a curl cream for curly hair, which is most prone to frizz. For wavy or straight hair, try a smoothing serum. Our top picks are L’ANZA’s Curl Define Cream (apply to damp hair and then air dry) and L’ANZA’s Neem Plant Silk Serum (apply to damp hair before blow drying for thermal protection, then add to dry hair for shine).
And there you go – quick tips for a season of healthy hair! Enjoy!