Solve 7 hair problems in summer.
If there is a post-vacation regret, your hair knows what it is: leaving the care with the wires aside and just remembering them on the way, home brings a lot of problems. Greenish tonality, dryness, dandruff and even hair losses are some of the effects brought about by inattention to beauty. The salt and sand on the beach, besides the chlorine in the swimming pool and the most frequent washes do away with the wires. If you are looking for a recipe to reverse the havoc of days away from home, take advantage of tips from hairdressers and dermatologists and enjoy yourself without a crisis the rest of the season.
The greenish appearance of the strands is typical of those who spend their summer in the pool. The risk increases even more when the hair is dry – more porous, it absorbs the chemicals present in the water. Maria Aldenir from Nuance Beauty Salon recommends shampoos and conditioners with violet pigment that neutralize the greenish and protect the wires from oxidation. “It is also important to make hydrations every ten days, to mitigate the effect,” he says. And abandon the idea of dying your hair to hide the green. “The dye does not remove the chemicals that have damaged the hair. It will only dry out even more. Hydration remains the best solution.”
A tip from the colorist Juha Antero, from MG Hair Salon, in São Paulo, is to wet his hair in the shower just before entering the pool, without applying any type of product. “That way, your hair will already be saturated with water when you enter the pool, reducing the absorption of water and chlorine and making the effects less harmful.”
Just like the skin, the scalp suffers from sun exposure and becomes red, sore and may even peel. Although it is more common in bald people, the incident also happens with those who have very little hair or very thin strands. The dermatologist Cristiane Dal Magro, of the Renova Clinic, reinforces the need for hats or caps, as well as capillary products with sunscreen. “If the skin is already damaged and peeling, products based on calamine, a soothing and refreshing substance can be used,” he says. In more severe cases, with very intense redness or blistering, the best thing to do is to seek a dermatologist.
Waste sand, salt and chlorine
You’ve probably had trouble combing your hair after spending a lot of time on the sea or in the pool. This is because the wires absorb the typical waste of summer – such as pool chlorine, beach sand and sea salt.
Before anything else, you need to wash your hair with fresh water as soon as you get out of the water, taking as much waste out and leaving the lavage during the bath easier – you can take a bottle of fresh water from the house for this or use the shower’s community policies.
According to the hairdresser Maria Aldenir, the anti-solid shampoo is indicated for weekly use in these cases. “You can also use a specific post-sun shampoo, which eliminates chlorine and sodium chloride residues, balances the hair’s natural pH and protects the color and lightness of the hair,” says the hairdresser. It approves the daily use with the product.
Although the sea water also leaves the wires dry, the pool is the biggest cause of this effect, because of the chemistry used for the treatment of water. Constant contact with chlorine and other compounds in the pool weakens the hair, leaving them dry and even brittle.
Dermatologist Carolina Ferolla of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology says that the ideal hair protection is to hydrate with silicone-based products before the season into the pool, forming a film that protects the hair against chlorine damage.
“The use of leave-in, with UV factor and active moisturizing, prevents hair dryness during the summer,” says hairdresser Maria Aldenir. However, if they are already dry, make a weekly moisturizing program in the salon or at home and apply non-rinse cream after bathing.
Sweating increases during the summer and with it may appear seborrhea and dandruff. Hair damp for longer and waste products left in the threads also contribute – a lot! – for that table. According to Maria Aldenir, good hygiene prevents and helps in treatment. “Exfoliation of the scalp and massage with ampoules of vitamins, which renew and strengthen the region, eliminates dandruff, redness and itching,” says the hairdresser.
She also says that these treatments return the natural defenses of the strands and strengthen the hair bulb, avoiding the fall. Just avoid doing it at home, at the risk of further damaging your hair – talk to your hairdresser and visit a dermatologist if the problem persists.
The hair loses its structure when it is wet, making the wires more malleable. “This is why binding the wet wires ends up marking the region where the elastic band or the bandage passes. If this happens several times in the same place, the hair tends to break,” says the hairdresser. Another negative effect of holding on to damp hair is lacked of glow – when they get stuck dry, they look dull, lifeless. Furthermore, avoid locking the hair right after the brush – it is over-extended and may break more easily.
Wind, heat and humidity are common summer situations and are the biggest cause of frizz, especially in curly or curly hair. Maria Aldenir says that the recipe to avoid this drama is simple: keep the wires hydrated and do not let go of the leave-in, which protects the hair against sun damage and moisture.