Everybody loves getting out and enjoying the sun in the warm summer weather. However, we all know how harmful it might be for your skin. But did you know that hot summer weather is not good for hair too? It’s an even greater risk for you if you have undergone any hair replacement or restoration procedures.
Though we often forget to take care of our hair, it is important to remember that your hair needs almost equal consideration to your skin during summer. Therefore, these hair routines are extremely important for hair transplants and preventing complications or hair loss.
What Are The Effects of The Summer Sun On Your Hair?
The heat from the sun is one of the major reasons for hair loss during summer. Hair is extremely sensitive to heat, and hot weather makes your hair more prone to damage. In addition, heat leads to hair weakening and drying up, making it easy to break thus prone to falling out.
After the first few weeks of getting a hair replacement surgery, long exposure to the sun can affect the expected results. By continuously exposing your hair to the summer heat, you risk damaging the hair follicles after a hair replacement procedure. In addition, sunburns can damage the grafts from the procedure, affecting your new hair follicles and the expected results.
The UV rays from the sun play a major role in hair damage. UV rays penetrate the cortex layer, which leads to hair protein degradation and hair pigmentation. In addition, UV rays also reach the hair cuticles making your hair dry and brittle which increases the risk of breakage.
The summer heat makes the body susceptible to dehydration, which can be a major problem after undergoing a hair restoration procedure. Dehydration causes your scalp to dry up and become itchy. In addition, by repeatedly scratching your scalp, you continuously damage your hair follicles, which slows down the growth of your hair, and may lead to hair loss and thinning.
How to Care For Hair in the Summer
Consider the following hair care routine tips for the summer after a hair replacement therapy procedure.
1. Wear a hat or a hair mask
It is always a good choice to wear a hat or hair mask when going out in summer. They protect your hair and scalp from direct sunlight and exposure to harmful UV rays. Wearing a well-vented hat will help your head stay cool.
2. Find hair products or oils offering UV protection
If you are not keen on hats and caps, you can always find hair products that offer UV protection to your grafts. Several hair product remedies and treatments will not only protect your hair from UV damage but also encourage the growth of your new grafted follicles. Even after scalp or hair damage, these hair products can effectively work as hair treatment regimens.
Be sure to discuss the most effective and hair products that offer you protection and have minimal risk for your health with your dermatologist. Additionally, they should not damage your new hair follicles. Do not hesitate to consult with Pure Dermatology Cosmetic & Hair Center for any questions on the types of hair products to use.
3. Find the best hair conditioner
Hot weather and extreme heat in the summer can dry up your hair and scalp, making it brittle and prone to hair breakage. Therefore, you will need to restore moisture to your hair during the summer. One of the most effective ways to retain hair moisture is by finding an ideal hair conditioner.
Hair conditioners encourage better hair growth after undergoing any hair transplant procedure by smoothing out the damaged hair cuticles. They also reduce itching. Consult with a dermatologist on the hair conditioners to use after a hair restoration procedure.
4. Avoid using too much shampoo
Hot summer weather can lead to excess sweating and an oily scalp. Even though a sweaty scalp is uncomfortable, shampooing your hair too often might do more harm than good. Constantly shampooing your hair can lead to drying of your scalp and hair.
It is often recommended to shampoo your hair once a week. However, if you tend to have a sweaty or overly oily scalp, you can try mild shampooing during summer. Additionally, if you are struggling to find the right shampoo after a hair replacement procedure, Pure Dermatology Cosmetic & Hair Center can advise on the best treatments for you.
5. Avoid swimming
As tempting as it may look, you should avoid salty water and swimming pools. Chlorine, salts, and any chemicals in the water are harmful to your hair and grafts. Your hair can easily absorb these chemicals, which can lead to dehydration of the hair follicles.
In addition, your grafts might also be prone to infections or irritation, which may lead to slow hair growth. Of course, if the hot weather gets to you and you feel like taking a cool dip in the pool, then you can always follow these steps:
- Wet your hair with clean water, then apply a hair conditioner or oils before getting into the pool. It will stop your hair from absorbing too many chemicals.
- After taking your swim, always rinse your hair thoroughly with clean water.
- Deep condition your hair to retain hair moisture and prevent drying up or breakage of your hair.
6. Keep hydrating and observe a proper diet
The hot summer weather can often lead to dehydration. More often than not, you might not even realize the toll dehydration has on your hair, especially after having hair replacement therapy. Drinking more fluids is the most adequate and effective way to not only protect your hair but also keep you healthy.
A proper diet also plays a huge role in your hair restoration, recovery and promotion of hair growth. Eating vegetables and fruits provides the necessary nutrients needed for hair growth and body recovery.
In Conclusion, excessive heat in the summer can create a problem for you after a hair transplant procedure. Avoid the harsh sunlight on your hair grafts and ensure your hair retains as much moisture as possible to prevent hair damage.
Ultimately, the most important factor in promoting healthy hair is hydrating and taking the proper diet. Learn more facts about hair transplant procedures and hair loss prevention practices with Pure Dermatology Cosmetic & Hair Center.