Yes, summer is our favourite season… but it does come with its own haircare tribulations.
Just as the sun can harm unprotected skin, the same is true for your hair. Chlorine, sand and saltwater also take their toll, not to mention changeable levels of humidity. What were once smooth, manageable and glossy strands are now dry, lacklustre and hopelessly mutinous.
Fear not; our trichologist is here with just seven simple yet so effective summer haircare tips to protect hair’s condition on holiday and at home, ensuring well-behaved, visibly healthy condition all season long.
Prepare and protect
Whether your hair is coloured or not, strong UV rays will cause it undue stress, drying out each strand and leaving them looking parched, faded or brassy.
Help shield your hair and scalp from the sun by reaching for a wide-brimmed hat, chic headscarf or even applying a little of your favourite Chāmpo conditioner to hair (whether it’s already dry and styled or you’re planning to let it air-dry) before you step outside. While our formulas don’t contain UV filters, they will help protect hair from the drying effects of heat and lock in much-needed moisture.
Drench before (and after) you dip
Chlorine can strip your hair of its natural protective oils, while the high salt content of seawater can leave strands dehydrated. Avoid hair absorbing chemicals and help protect it from becoming parched by first soaking strands with cool, fresh, clean water. If this isn’t available, reach again for your trusty Chāmpo conditioner and gently comb it through strands.
The same applies afterwards; be sure to rinse away chemical or saltwater residue with fresh, clean water as soon as possible.
Maybe you’re finding yourself washing your hair more frequently to overcome the build-up of sweat, sand or suncream. Or perhaps the drying heat of warmer climates is having an effect on your hair’s normally good condition. Either way, consider stepping up your shampoo and conditioner to a more moisturising formula this season. The concentrated blend of King Coconut, Amla Fruit and Macadamia Seed Oil in our Vata hydrating care system packs a remarkably effective punch from first use; gently yet effectively cleansing away chemicals or build-up while transforming dry, difficult or damaged strands into intensely nourished, smooth and lustrous hair.
For those of you venturing outdoors a lot more than usual, a weekly conditioning mask will restore any lost moisture or lustre you’re encountering. Simply leave your usual Chāmpo conditioner on hair for 20 minutes or overnight, then rinse and style as normal.
Fend off frizz
Healthy, freshly trimmed hair is your first and best defence against flyaway strands. Not helped at all by the changeable levels of humidity we experience throughout this season however, keep your hair smooth, resilient and conditioned by opting for haircare formulas rich in antioxidants. Our Vata blends are enriched with Amla Fruit, Pitta with Haritaki Fruit and Kapha with Turmeric Root; all potent antioxidants that help protect against environmental stressors. Keep one of our Discovery sizes in your handbag or beach bag and you’ll be perfectly prepared for every eventuality.
Take a break from blow-drying
The high heat of your hair dryer or heat styler will further compromise already dry, dehydrated or damaged hair. Give your hair one or two rest days per week and you’ll soon see the rewards in its shine and condition. In fact, the summer months are the ideal time to go heatless altogether, with tousled waves being our favourite seasonal look.
Stay hydrated, inside and out
Conditioning and caring for your hair also comes from within… so make sure you stay well hydrated all day, every day by drinking around two or three litres of water.
Finish with a trim
Hair tends to grow faster in the summer months, so refresh your style with a seasonal trim and you’ll also eliminate any lingering dry, split ends while promoting healthy hair growth.
Stay travel savvy
Ideal for your cabin bag, reach for your favourite Chāmpo care system in our delectable Discovery pack size. Formulated with the same highly concentrated blend of actives, our little ones will comfortably last at least a fortnight, ensuring you continue enjoying exceptional condition, shine and control wherever your travels take you.
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