Sure, summer carries the promise of pool-side days, margarita mixers and tan lines, but the same sun-drenched months we look forward to all year tend to test the mettle of our hair-care routines; too much sun and you’re left with a head that feels a little like a bail of farm animal feed.

The brittle straw-like texture our hair takes on after one too many beachside days is called sun damage, and while there are a few easy ways to prevent hair from reaching barnyard status, the “cure” for sun-damaged hair is even simpler—there really isn’t one.

So, before the next backyard barbecue or beach blanket binger, get some hair knowledge under your belt and then try these three easy ways to protect yourself from the dryness of summer sun damage. You might disappoint a couple of horses, but, we promise you, your hair will thank you all year long.

How the Sun Damages Hair

Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays work to break down the outer layer of the hair—the cuticle. Damage to the cuticle can cause a loss of both pigment (colour) and keratin, a naturally occurring protein responsible for strong, smooth, healthy hair. As a result, sun damaged hair is like hair that has been damaged by chemical lighteners—it becomes dry, brittle and more prone to frizziness and split ends.

Melanin, the same pigment that protects our skin from the sun’s radiation, does the same for our hair. Fairer skinned men and women have less melanin to protect their skin, and tend to burn faster and more easily during prolonged periods in the sun. Those with lighter hair colors are most prone to sun damaged hair for the same reason.

Hair type and texture can also play roles in how our hair reacts to the sun. Those with natural curl, for example, have a more delicate hair structure. This leaves them more prone to cuticle damage and keratin loss, whatever their natural hair colour.

Moral of the story? Blondes don’t always have more fun. Those gorgeous curls are sometimes more harm than help and bleaching your hair to get that sun kissed glow is going to cause you more problems than it’s worth, if you aren’t careful. Remember, once it’s straw, there’s no spinning it back into gold.

Avoid the split ends and frizz by starting early and prevent the barnyard up-do before it even begins.

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Protect to prevent

An easy way to protect hair from UVA and UVB rays is to physically block them by wearing a hat or headscarf. Simple fix, right? Except, if it’s already hot enough to don a swimsuit, what are the chances anyone really wants to add a heat retaining hat to the day’s ensemble? Slim to none.

Instead, try looking for products that do the job of a hat, without all the extra layers. Products like milk_shake’s Sun & More contain filters that, like sunscreen, work to block the harmful UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the hair shaft. Apply evenly and regularly to achieve a full layer of sun protection for your hair, without all the sweat producing heat retention of a full-blown head covering.

Cleanse gently, and often

The sun isn’t the only culprit to blame for your summer hair debacle—chlorine, sweat, and saltwater can all play a part in contributing to poor hair health. Chemicals and salt help to suck moisture out of the hair, removing essential oils, the hair’s natural layers of defense, and leaving your hair primed for the damage caused by overexposure to the sun.

By cleansing thoroughly with a gentle, nourishing shampoo, you can avoid the build-up of harmful substances on the hair and replenish some of its natural moisture defense.

Milk_shake’s All-over shampoo was designed to do exactly that. With added UV filters and quinoa protein for infused strength, not only will it remove potentially harmful chemicals and restore moisture, it’ll be your first line of defense against the sun’s radiation.

Nourish frequently

Used properly, certain products can replenish the moisture that the sun’s rays take away. Perhaps counter to what we know about using oil on our skin before spending time in the sun, applying a hair oil before heading outdoors can actively hydrate the hair and protect from heat damage.

Incorporate a nourishing mask with a focus on hydration more frequently into your care routine. Milk_shake’s Beauty Mask has built-in UV ray protection that helps to retain moisture and reinforce the hair’s protein structure while deep conditioning to counteract damage caused by the heat and sun.

Prevention really is the most effective form of treatment when it comes to sun damaged hair. Be sure to check your care and styling products for UV filters and incorporate additional moisturizers into your routine. If nothing else, covering up your hair when you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors is a sure-fire means of preventing damage because, yes, hat-hair is better than hay-hair.

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Thinning hair can be devastating. It affects the way people see you and the way you see yourself. You might even feel less attractive and less confident. Today, it’s widely known that an estimated 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. will experience thinning hair at some point in their lives.

Statistics show that a whole range of factors, including stress, hormonal changes, over styling, poor nutrition, age, menopause, post-pregnancy, and medication can impact the health of the hair and hair growth.

z.one concept offers a new beauty solution. Specific products that energize thin, weak and fragile hair. Organic botanical extract-based treatments and essential oils enhance hair growth giving more density to the hair thanks to their stimulating features.

milk_shake energizing blend is the product line specifically studied to stimulate the hair bulb, encouraging a better scalp’s micro-circulation and giving hair a visible densifying effect. Shampoo, conditioner and scalp treatment for thicker, fuller looking hair. Thanks to the naturally derived active ingredients with stimulating features and a proper scalp massage, milk shake energizing blend products enhance hair growth giving more density to the hair.

A NEW INVIGORATING EXPERIENCE THAT STIMULATES THE SCALP, THE HAIR AND THE BODY

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Energizing shampoo for fine, thinning and fragile hair, cleanses deeply but gently respecting the scalp and hair. Natural powers of organic rosemary, sage and Fioravanti balm extract purifies, fortifies hair and stimulates the scalp’s micro-circulation to create an optimal environment for new hair growth. The blend of botanical extracts and special conditioners invigorates the hair stem and gives softness, panthenol gives more density to the hair, essential oils and eucalyptus instill a pleasant energizing feeling, leaving the scalp refreshed.

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Conditioner for fine, thinning and fragile hair, hydrates, detangles and gives softness without weighing the hair down. Natural powers of organic rosemary, sage and Fioravanti balm extract purifies, fortifies hair and stimulates the scalp’s micro-circulation to create an optimal environment for new hair growth. The blend of botanical extracts and special conditioners invigorates the hair stem and gives softness, panthenol gives more density to the hair, essential oils and eucalyptus instill a pleasant energizing feeling, leaving the scalp refreshed.

 energizing blend hair thickener scalp treatment

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An energizing and fortifying lotion to restore fullness, thickness, and luster to fine, thinning and fragile hair. Natural powers of organic rosemary, sage and Fioravanti balm extract purifies, fortifies hair and stimulates the scalp’s micro-circulation to create an optimal environment for new hair growth. The blend of botanical extracts and special conditioners invigorates the hair stem and gives softness, panthenol gives more density to the hair, essential oils and eucalyptus instill a pleasant energizing feeling, leaving the scalp refreshed.

Learn about all the naturally derived active ingredients of milk_shake Energizing Blend

Natural powers of organic rosemary, sage and Fioravanti balm extract purifies, fortifies hair and stimulates the scalp’s micro-circulation to create an optimal environment for new hair growth. The blend of botanical extracts and special conditioners invigorates the hair stem and gives softness, panthenol gives more density to the hair, essential oils and eucalyptus instill a pleasant energizing feeling, leaving the scalp refreshed.

The innovative formula of milk_shake energizing blend contains:

  • organic rosemary, known for its energizing properties, stimulates follicles helping natural growth of hair, promotes the oxygenation of tissues, has a tonic, antiseptic and purifying effect
  • organic sage has an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and deodorizing function
  • fioravanti balm is a potion obtained from 10 different plants which all have unique refreshing, stimulating and toning properties
  • naturally derived glycerine has a moisturizing, hydrating and volumizing action mix of 11 essential oils gives natural scent and has energizing, stimulating and purifying properties
  • sls/sles and paraben free formula

ASK YOUR HAIRDRESSER FOR ADVICE

It’s important to intervene against hair loss with an efficient program created by z.one concept researchers in order to restore the hair’s natural growth cycle. It’s important to put yourself in the hands of a specialist. Talk to a trusted professional who works with hair everyday. Ask your hairdresser.

7 best foods for your hair

With the right foods, your hair and your skin can be its healthiest. Eating right can help make your hair shine. And luckily, lots of the picks are good for your body’s health and good choices for your hair. Read on to find the best and tastiest hair care tips.

1. WILD SALMON (if not farm-raised) is full of protein, which is the main component of hair. Oily fish like salmon contains beneficial Omega 3 fatty acid that can help prevent a dry scalp, as well as vitamin B-12 and iron. You won’t have a problem adding salmon to your diet since there are hundreds of ways to enjoy this beauty superfood. Try it grilled, baked, in your pasta, with a salad or in sushi.

2. BROCCOLI, spinach and chard. Dark green leafy veggies are full of vitamins A and C. Your body uses these foods to produce sebum, the oily secretion on your scalp that works like conditioner. These veggies also pack iron and calcium. Trade your lettuce for spinach and sauté broccoli for a quick and healthy side.

3. MILK, yogurt and cheese. Dairy products are plentiful of calcium and protein. Choose low-fat or fat-free versions so your waistline and hair can both benefit. Mix it with fruit or granola for a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.

4. EGGS are another food that’s rich in protein. Eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron. Iron is especially important because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in woman.

5. POULTRY, this everyday entrée is extraordinary when it comes to protein, as well as hair healthy zinc, iron and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Because hair is nearly all protein, foods rich in protein are giving you the building blocks for hair.

6. OLIVE OIL no one wants dry, lackluster hair. But if your diet is too low in fat, that’s what could happen. This healthy oil contains beneficial vitamin E, so use it for your sautés as well your salads. About a teaspoon a day will do the trick.

7. BLUEBERRIES this low profitable berry was ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the US Department of Agriculture compared to 40 common fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging, so add a cup to your yogurt or cereal every day.

Water. Drink plenty of water to keep your hair and your body well hydrated.

A balanced diet that’s heavy on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy foods is a great choice for the health of your body and your hair. Choose a mix of the foods on this list to ensure a healthy head of hair.