Post Summer Hair Care Tips
Why does our hair get more damaged in the summer months?
In the summertime, our hair can be damaged by the sun and sea as well as the all-year round causes such as heat styling and friction. All these actions and factors damage and break protein, which leads to the tell tale signs of split ends and hair prone to breakage, dryness and dullness and unmanageable locks - flyaway, frizziness and tangled.
What ingredients should I avoid in hair care?
The most common ingredient in haircare products to watch out for is sodium lauryl or laureth sulphate. This chemical is a harsh detergent and known irritant to skin and eyes. It may hamper healthy hair growth and has also been shown to cause cattaracts via absorption through the skin – even with no contact of the actual eyes. Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol and two more ingredients to watch out for, both of which cause premature ageing of the skin. The latter also coats the skin and hair, it suffocates the skin and strips the hair of its natural oils and the scalp of sebum.
For extremely damaged hair try adding 12-14 drops of John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor to your conditioner, wrapping in a hot towel, and leaving for 15-20 minutes. For a mask straight out of the jar, try protein based Aubrey Blue Green Algae Conditioning Mask to help fortify both hair and scalp.
Oils are also a good option for hair repair, particularly jojoba oil as its protein structure is very similar to our hair’s and this means it can penetrate the hair shaft more easily. We love Intelligent Nutrients Hair Oil, which is a fusion of hair-loving oils including the main ingredient jojoba oil.