THE SUN, SWIMMING IN THE SEA AND DIVING IN THE POOL CAN RUIN OUR HAIR.
But in addition to these beneficial aspects of the warm season, it is also important to consider the often underestimated impact of sunlight on our hair and our style.
To live fully and without anxiety summer is useful to have in mind some tricks that will make us arrive at the autumn season with our hair still in excellent condition.
In fact, UV rays, together with sea salt or chlorine from swimming pools, can damage our hair by ruining its structure and color.
The password must be “protection” against atmospheric and chemical agents with which our hair can come into direct contact. It is for this reason that the choice of solar must be weighted and follow some tricks that I will report below.
I remember that one of the main results due to the combination of humidity – saltiness – heat is dehydration and the unsightly “frizz” effect. Wet hair, in fact, increases the diameter of the stem because the scales lose their perfect cohesion and swell. The sun’s rays and sea salt do the rest: they dehydrate the hair from the inside penetrating into the interstices left open by the cuticles.
WHAT PRODUCTS TO USE TO PROTECT OUR SUMMER HAIR.
Natural oils can counteract this process by filming the hair from the outside and preventing the scales from opening. The first choice is certainly oils of vegetable origin, which must, however, be suitably stabilized to prevent the UV from degrading their structure, producing that unpleasant rancid odor. A good alternative is mineral oils, based on vaseline or paraffin, chemically more stable, but with a worse texture (they are in fact more fat than natural oils).
Another suggestion is to apply a capillary wrap to hold for 5 to 10 minutes.
Check that the product contains glycerin, a vegetable substance that has the tendency to absorb water vapor from the outside and give it to the dehydrated substrate (hair or skin), and cationic substances (polyquaternium and quaternary ammonium salts) which, by balancing the negative charges of the keratin, avoid the “fly away” effect.
Also, the pH of the mask is important: we must close the scales and we will do it with a product with an acid pH (3.5 – 4.0).
Now let’s see what causes chlorine, normally used as a disinfectant agent.
Chlorine is a strong oxidant and in combination with copper residues, naturally present in swimming pools, it can deposit a greyish-green hue on the blond/bleached hair.
To counteract this phenomenon it is advisable to use a shampoo rich in natural antioxidants (vitamin E, polyphenols, alpha-hydroxy acids in fruit).
The choice of solar is a necessity, but also the choice of treatments during this time of the year is no less. No to acid permanents, bleaching or temporary colors, yes in semi-permanent colors and “sunbathing” and why not short and asymmetrical cuts to combine fashionable comfort of the moment, but I always recommend myself with … head!