4 Ways to Safer Summer Hair

No matter how much of a summer girl I might be, there’s always this one thing annoying me during that time: my hair. It’s getting too hot and sweaty and most of all it dries out. Over the past couple of years I taught myself some ways to save my hair from getting damaged by the sun, chlorine and more summer side effects. I figured to do a blog post about my tricks, because I am pretty sure that I’m not the only one suffering from bad summer hair.

Sunscreen

My first trick to prevent summer hair damages is to protect your hair with a sunscreen. Try to put one a hat, a cute bandana or a snapback to hide your hair from the damaging sun rays. Also, I discovered a new L’Oreal UV protect spray which is great if you don’t want to put on any kind of hat (I also mentioned that spray in my last Loving Lately Post). Just apply the spray all over your head to keep your hair protected.

On a side note, summer sun rays can also have a good side. When I was still dyeing my hair blonde and therefore always have been on a constant struggle to go lighter and lighter, I used to get my roots out in the sun as much as possible to help them lighten naturally. So if you’re getting blonde highlights at the salon try to skip your sessions in the summertime and simply use the sun rays to lighten the roots naturally. A little trick: If you apply a bit of lemon juice all over your hair or your roots and go out in the sun, the juice will help the hair to get even lighter.

Chlorine

Ever since I’ve been a small child I’ve been a total pool junkie. I would literally spend my whole summertime swimming and playing in the pool – great times! But as I grew older and my interests in all things beauty grew, I got very careful when it comes to swimming, just because I learned how bad the chlorine in swimming pools can be for your hair. The chlorine will not only dry your hair out, it will also turn any dyed hair into some crazy shades like green. To prevent that, I recommend washing the chlorine out of your hair immediately once you get out of the pool. Just hop under a shower, rinse your hair with clean water and you’re good to go.

Braid Away

A little first world problem coming your way: There’s nothing worse that having long hair in the summertime. It’s getting everywhere and all you want to do is put it in a huge, tight messy bun just to get it away. I know the struggle. But as summer hair is so weak due to constant aggressions of chlorine, sun and more, putting it in a tight bun or ponytail will make it even more likely to break.

Instead of buns, try to do different braids, as those are way healthier for your hair. Plus: you get super cute, beachy waves when you unravel the braids. Lately I’ve been going for all type of braided crowns or french braids as I can tuck those under the hair and pin them there to get rid of them.

Leave in Treatments

My go to hair savior in the summertime is a good leave in treatment. Whether it’s a good hair oil, hair milk or a leave in conditioner. I always have one of those options on hand. My hair gets really dry in the summertime so any conditioning treatment helps with that. I like to apply those products throughout the day whenever any ends are getting too dry just to nourish them a bit. My current favorite leave in treatments are the L’Oreal oil magique: a mixture of some good oils like Argan Oil and more, the Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat leave in conditioner and my DIY leave in conditioner, which I will show you how to do it in my next blog post.

I hope my little tricks helped you a bit. Let me know if you have any other ideas or tips you might use yourself to protect your hair in the summer.

Love,

Annie

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Vegan Virgin Colada Smoothie

Lately I’ve been  into all kinds of smoothies and experimenting with different fruits, but the smoothie I always go back to is this vegan virgin colada smoothie. I decided to try out a vegan and daytime appropriate version of my all time favourite cocktail, the piña colada, and this is what I came up with.

 

You’ll need:

– half a pinapple, the sweeter the better

– a banana for sweetness

– 1 cup of coconut milk

– 1/2 cup of orange juice

– coconut flakes

– optional: protein powder, ice cubes / crushed ice

(makes about 3 servings)

 

Step 1

Start off by cutting off the leaves and the botton of the pineapple.

Next, with a big knife, cut off the sides of the pineapple.

Lastly, with a small knife, poke it underneath the small brown spots on the pineapple, twist the knife a bit and pull out the brown spots.

When using a fresh pineapple, the cutting probably is the most time consuming step, so if you’re in a hurry I suggest to find a pre cut pineapple or even frozen pineapple pieces.

 

Step 2

Now cut around the center of the pineapple with the larger knife to get the fruit off from the hard center part. Then cut the fruit in small pieces.

When done, seal half of the cut pineapple in a box to save it up and put the other half in your blender.

 

Step 3

Now cut up your banana into small pieces and throw it in your blender as well.

 

Step 4

Now pour one cup of coconut milk and half a cup of orange juice into your blender. If you drink your smoothie instead of eating breakfast, or want to enjoy it as a snack you can also add some scoops of protein powder (I like the ones with vanilla flavor) or some coconut flakes. If you want to enjoy your smoothie ice cold, either throw some ice cubes in the blender or serve it on crushed ice.

 

Step 5

Blend your ingredients with your blender on maximum power (or the smoothie function if your blender has one) together until you’re left with smoooth and creamy texture.

 

Step 6

Pour your smoothie in some glasses and add some coconut flakes for decoration.

 

Enjoy ♥