By Sarah Ellis
HL&S Guest Blogger and handbag stylist for Handbag Heaven
We know, we know.
We can’t all make it to Maui this summer as our lovely Jolene did for our our Daily Retreat & Renew Tip today on how to bring Hawaii to your home. But if you’ve been inspired to recreate a little Hawaii pampering in your home, don’t forget about tending to your summer beach hair!
It’s no secret that the sun and surf can leave your hair absolutely fried and dried. But how do you make the most of your hair this summer? I’ll tell you how to use at-home fixes, that your wallet and your mane will thank you for.
Whether it’s heat from the sun drying it out, humidity making your hair a frizzy mess, or salt water and chlorine stripping your hair of oils, it’s a time when all of us should be taking steps to protect our hair.
But luckily, we’ve got simple hair mask recipes that can be made with ingredients found in the kitchen – no expensive salon treatment needed! Just roll up your sleeves and peek in your cabinet!
For oily hair: This technique will properly moisturize without making your hair too oily – leaving it silky smooth and happy!
Directions: Separate the yolk from the egg white and beat the egg white. Add a tablespoon of water to the yolk and beat it until creamy and then combine the two egg parts. Dampen your hair with warm water before you apply the mixture. Massage it into your hair and then rinse out the egg mixture with cold water. Repeat until the egg mixture is gone – but make sure you rinse out all the egg when you’re finished!
For dry hair: Chock full of moisture rich ingredients to make your hair shine!
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup almond oil
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup avocado oil
1-2 Tbls. warmed honey
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Dampen your hair before you apply the mixture. Smooth the mixture onto your hair and let it sit for 30-45 minutes before rinsing out. Voila! Instant conditioner!
Other healthy hair tips include:
1. Try to skip a wash if you can. Shampooing your hair strips it of essential oils, so waiting between washes can keep it extra moisturized. I have normal-to-oily hair so it’s hard for me to skip a wash and look decent, but wearing a headscarf or a hat helps you lengthen the in-between time when your hair isn’t looking its best.
2. Use conditioner. If your hair is extra dry, try one of the at-home remedy masks every one to two weeks, or anytime you’re looking for some extra shine.
3. Protect your hair from the sun! Just like your skin gets burnt, UV rays can strip your hair of color. Whether you have a dye job or natural locks, the sun will naturally bleach out your color. For some, this is welcome, for others not so much. Either way, make sure you’re protecting your hair AND scalp from burns with hair products that contain SPF.
4. Trim regularly. Depending on hair length and type you may need to get it trimmed more or less, but make sure that you’re regularly trimming split ends. Anything you can do to prevent frayed ends will keep damage to a minimum. The average hairstylist will tell you 6-8 weeks is a good time for a trim, but if I’m growing my hair out I usually shoot for 8-10. Again, it varies according to your hair type and style, but make sure you are at least trimming as needed.
Follow these simple rules and try the at home remedies for glorious glowing locks!