Summer is here! Time for that vacation you saved up for all year. Get the suitcase out of storage and pack for your favorite destination. You are ready for all the great summer activities like hitting the beach, swimming, jet-skiing and hiking, rock climbing, golfing and maybe even dancing.
You are feeling your best. But…you’ve got a secret. You wear a hair system. It is virtually undetectable and looks and feels like it’s completely natural. But you are worried vacation’s summer sun, water and activities could be hard on your hair system and it won’t look good. So, what do you need to do to take care of your hair system before, during and after that great summer break? The following are some tips for maintaining your hair system.
Most hair systems today, whether for men or women, are made to wear during all activities; but you still need a maintenance routine to keep it looking its best. With a few simple tips, that come straight from National Hair Centers experienced stylists, you’ll be feeling AND looking your best, not just on vacation, but all summer long.
Harmful UV Rays from the sun can cause the hair in your hair system to turn orange or red in color. This change is called oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that affects the color hues in your hair anytime oxygen is present and the molecules are exposed to UV light. So it is a natural process and it affects both human and synthetic hair.
An easy way to prevent and manage hair system oxidation is to use UV protection hair products and to use shampoo and conditioner that is formulated for color treated hair. At National Hair Centers our most popular line of products is Pureology; especially Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner, a gentle daily hydrating system and Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo and Conditioner, formulated with Asta-Repair™ including Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant.
Although somewhat obvious, another simple solution is to wear a hat while participating in outdoor activities. Not only will that protect your hair from oxidation, it protects you from sunburn also. At NHC, we’ve also found that many of our clients opt for having another hair system on hand and ready to go when the summer is over and the damage is done. Your stylist can help you get this created.
The chlorine found in swimming pools and the salt water in the ocean combined with being out in the hot summer sun will tend to dry out your hair system. It’s almost a given you will be in the wind, water, and sun every day during your vacation, causing tangles and breakage. Make sure you wet your hair prior to swimming. It will help prevent your hair from absorbing the chlorine or salt water. For a little added protection and to stop tangling, apply a leave-in conditioner before swimming.
After your swim, shampoo and condition your hair with the products recommended by your stylist. Vacation is not the time to scrimp on travel sized generic shampoos & conditioners. Have a regular appointment scheduled with your stylist immediately upon your return. You can tell them all about your awesome vacation and have a restoration treatment that cares for your hair system at the same time.
Typically we sweat a bit more in the summer heat, so your scalp will release more oils. If you are on your regular maintenance schedule with your stylist, this is accounted for and you should not need to detach your hair system while on vacation. But occasionally the oils released by the scalp can cause itching. In an emergency, if you need to detach your hair system to stop itching or uncomfortableness, use an exfoliating shampoo to remove dead skin cells and an enzyme cleanser or spray on the scalp prior to re-attaching. Your stylist will have recommendations on what to take along with you.
The best advice for summer vacation care of a hair system is to plan ahead for it. Use recommended products and keep regular maintenance appointments with your stylist for the cleaning and coloring of your hair system. This is time well spent.
Now you are ready to get that summer vacation underway. These care and maintenance tips will help you look great, feel great and enjoy every day (and night) of vacation. And, no one will ever guess your secret.
About National Hair Centers
Established in 1975 and based in Phoenix, Arizona, National Hair Centers is internationally recognized as a leader in the hair restoration industry for men and women. National Hair Centers is the most experienced hair restoration and hair transplant center in Arizona and the largest facility of its kind anywhere. NHC is also the only company that offers every effective method of hair restoration, including hair transplants, non-surgical procedures, laser hair growth therapy and FDA cleared hair re-growth products.