We all look forward to summer vacations and days spent lounging by the pool, but there is a downside to all that fun in the sun. UV rays are damaging to your hair, and if you have hair extensions they can suffer even greater damage from excessive sun exposure. We have put together a few hot weather hair care tips to keep your extensions looking great in spite of what summer throws at it.
Don’t Over Shampoo
Shampooing too often is harmful to your hair and your extensions. Shampoo strips the natural oils from your hair, and because your extensions don’t directly receive those natural oils, frequent shampooing is especially drying for them. Washing 2-3 times per week with a high-quality moisturizing shampoo free of sulfates is plenty. Apply shampoo to the roots only. As you rinse the shampoo that runs over the ends is enough to get them clean. Condition each time you wash and add a deep conditioning treatment to your routine every 1-2 weeks, depending on your Von Anthony stylist’s recommendations.
Fragile When Wet
Both your hair and extension bonds are most fragile when wet. Swimming is fine, you just need to take a few precautions. Drench your hair with fresh water and apply a leave-in conditioner before a swim. When your hair is already saturated it can’t absorb as many harmful chemicals from the pool. A quick rinse with cool water after swimming will remove anything on the surface. Wearing your hair in a loose bun or braid is the best way to prevent tangles. For the ultimate protection, wear a swim cap.
Shield from UV Damage
Hair extensions are vulnerable to UV damage. The best way to shield them is to wear a wide-brimmed hat outdoors. You can also apply hair protectant spray that contains UV filters, much like your sunscreen, but formulated for your hair. Wearing your hair up will minimize the amount of hair that gets sun exposure to further lessen the damage.
For the most part, extensions can be treated just like your natural hair and with just a little bit of special care, you can keep them in perfect condition, even through the harsh summer months. Ask your Von Anthony Salon stylist for even more extension-saving hair care tips to get the most life out of your extensions. Call us at 972-731-7600 or use our free mobile app from iTunes or Google Play to schedule a consultation to get started on your way to the thick, long, luscious locks you’ve always dreamed of. We’ll see you soon at 7004 Lebanon Road, Suite 102 in Frisco, Texas.