Tips For Shiny Summer Hair

Now that the Summer months are here, it is imperative to take extra care in protecting our hair from damage. I normally have dry damaged hair that easily gets tangled, so I am always on the lookout for something that can ease my suffering. If you color your hair you need to be extra careful in choosing your products as you don't want to strip the color and add to the damage. Keywords to look for are "Sulfate-Free", "Phthalate-Free", "No Silicone" and "No Synthetic Ingredients".  We want hair care that nourishes your strands with rich oils and yummy nut butter like shea and cacao! 
1. Cover Up + Hair Style Tips
If you will be spending a considerable amount of time in the sun, consider covering it up with a hat or scarf. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. Or consider wearing your hair in a loose braided hairstyle. I have recently traded in my fancy rubber bands for hair clips to keep my hair up and I have noticed less hair breakage. 
2. Condition, Condition, Condition!!
I am obsessed with luscious oils and can be seen constantly applying it to the ends of my hair. Before I shampoo my hair, I like to apply hair oil to my scalp and throughout my hair while giving my scalp a quick massage and leave it in for a few hours. Before I jump into the shower, I put on a shower cap and blast it on high heat with a hairdryer for a few seconds. It will open up the hair follicles and allow the oils to penetrate the hair shaft. After shampoo + conditioner, place a few drops of oil in hand and gently scrunch into hair. Let it air dry and let those luscious curls come alive! Add a few more drops to your hair once it is completely dried to tame the frizzies. 
At the moment, I am loving everything by Oribe. It is vegan and cruelty-free as well!!
3. Shampoo with Care
In the Summer months, I tend not to shampoo as often, instead, I have been brushing my hair more often with a soft nylon bristle brush to help distribute the natural oils from my scalp to the ends of my hair. I feel that this has helped me a lot in strengthening my hair. I also sometimes just rinse my hair with water then condition the ends. When I do shampoo, I use products that are gentle and uses a lot of natural ingredients, especially essential oils. I don't want to strip the natural oils from my hair, instead, I want to add more oils back in for extra protection and nourishment.
4. Got Hard Water?
I have not experienced the effect of hard water until moving to Los Angeles. It is reported that 80% of the U.S has hard water. For so long I couldn't understand why my skin was so dry and itchy and why my hair was so frizzy and straw-like! It wasn't until I stumbled upon a Chelating Shampoo that I realized all of my hair woes has been because of something so simple as hard water! 
So what is hard water? Hard water has a higher mineral content, particularly Magnesium Carbonates, and Calcium than soft water. That white film in your bathtub? Yup, that is hard water. Although it is not considered harmful to your health, it will cause major problems to your hair and skin. Over time, the mineral deposit will buildup and prevent moisture from penetrating the hair shaft, which will result in straw-like, tangle, and dull hair. It can also build up on the scalp and causes your hair to become itchy and develop dandruff. Because minerals pull moisture out, the skin will become dry, flaky, itchy, prone to clogged-pores and wrinkles. 
So what can we do about it? 
For a long-term solution, we can change out our shower filters. They don't need to be expensive. This is what Suzanna uses and let me tell you, she has gorgeous soft hair. 
A short-term solution, after your shower, do a final rinse with distilled water.

5. Detox your hair
Use a chelating shampoo. Chelating shampoos are designed to remove the mineral buildup in your hair and scalp. Some companies also use the words "Clarifying", and "Neutralizing". Because chelating shampoos are designed to strip mineral deposits from the hair, do not use more than once a week. After shampooing, use an intensive conditioning treatment. 
A little DIY beauty tip for you all. Make a vinegar rinse! The acidity in vinegar works to remove buildup from your hair, and also make your hair feeling soft and shiny! Just like the chelating shampoo, do not use more than once a week - perhaps alternating weeks with your chelating shampoo. 
Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 quart of distilled water. Shampoo your hair and rinse well. Apply vinegar rinse to hair. Leave on for a few seconds, and rinse. You don't need to condition afterward but I do like extra conditioning on my ends.
#6 DIY Wavy Beach Look
 I love Summer months since I can get away with air drying. I let my hair down and saturate my hair with natural curl enhancers. There are a lot of great products out there to choose from. If you are the type of person that enjoys DIY projects, you can easily make this spray!
Just mix 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp coconut oil, mixed with distilled water in a small spray bottle. Spray and scrunch to get that desirable wavy beach look. 
#7 The Most Important Tip 
The most important tip to remember is to enjoy the Summer months. This is the time to relax with family and friends! Be safe and have fun creating memories!

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