Yesterday I came to the shockingly wonderful realization that the official start of summer is less than one week away, and judging by the rising temps and lack of rain in the 10-day forecast, it looks like the weather has finally gotten with the program.
Ah, summer… Such great memories, but when I think back to the summers of my youth, I’m surprised I remember them at all. There were no far-flung adventures backpacking through Europe or sailing trips around the world. Nope, my childhood summers were much more mundane. I spent most of them hanging out at the local Thrifty drugstore, where you could get a free ice cream for returning a shopping cart to the store, and watching videos on MTV (back when MTV actually played videos). For the most part, I spent my summers doing absolutely nothing.
Gawd, I miss those days!
Despite doing very little over those summers, I still managed to learn a few things, like these important lessons about hair…
1. Don’t make rash, heat-induced decisions
If the heat is getting to you and the sweat is trickling down from your scalp into your eyes, you might feel like your only relief is to cut off all or most of your hair, but resist the urge.
You don’t want to regret it later. Start by putting your hair up into a bun or ponytail, and give yourself a couple weeks to think it over.
One summer heatwave I showed up at my BFF Jen’s house to find her previously waist-length hair suddenly sitting at her shoulders. In an overheated state, she had cut her long locks herself, and it ended up looking like it had been cut by a three-year old wearing a blindfold.
We laugh about it now, but she felt pretty crappy at the time.
The lesson? No matter how hot it gets, step away from the scissors! Take time to think it over first.
2. Pat sunscreen in your part
If you plan to be out in the sun but don’t have a hat to cover your head, dab a bit of sunscreen at the roots where your hair parts.
On a camping trip when I was 17, I got an awful sunburn right smack dab down the middle of the part in my hair. It was miserable. It hurt so much I thought I’d lose my hair. Oh, and later it peeled, which was like the icing on the cake.
3. Ditch your blowdryer (at least for a little while)
Like heat styling with blowdryers and flat irons, sun, chlorine and saltwater also exact their revenge on hair.
I would blow dry my hair straight daily when I was in my 20s, and then one summer I joined a gym with a pool and started swimming to get in shape. The chlorine coupled with the regular blow drying pretty much fried my locks beyond repair. By August, I had a head of dry, brittle straw that looked and felt like haaay.
This summer, consider putting your blowdryer away (at least for a little while), or ditching it completely if you can. Your lovely hair will thank you.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,