BY: Lively Staff

May 22, 2014

Summer Hair: Keeping It Healthy

Your hair can get damaged by the sun and environment through the summer. You’re outside a lot more with the sun, dirt, and air. There are steps you can take to achieve healthy summer hair all season long.

External Care for Summer Hair

Wash – Swimming during the summer is a given. The chlorine from pools or natural salts and minerals in bodies of water can have damaging effect on your hair. Keep your hair washed after your swim to prevent the build up of these effects.

Condition – Your hair needs moisture just like your body. Using conditioner can help replenish your hair keep it hydrated.

Wear your hair naturally – Keeping your hair in braids or tails can lead to more damage then if just keeping your hair down.

Fitness – Exercising can lead to reduced stress, which can have a negative effect on hair. It also promotes quality sleep.

Internal Hair Care

Water – Staying hydrated on the inside is essential for the body, including hair.

Diet – Balance your diet with whole based nutrition. Having a nice background of different vitamins and nutrients can help keep your body well maintained.

Collagen for Hair

The amino acids in collagen can help to promote healthy summer hair.

Arginine is one of the most important amino acids for hair growth. It can help immune function, reducing hair loss from disease. Where arginine shines is it’s role in producing nitric oxide, a compund which helps improve blood circulation and the supply of nutrients to, you guessed it, the hair follicles themselves. Arginine can help improve the very first stages of hair growth.

Lysine can help inhibit 5 alpha reductase, an enzyme shown be a prominent factor in male pattern baldness. It can also provide a better absorption of iron, of which the deficiency of has been linked to excessive hair shedding and hair loss.

Glycine has a calming effect on the brain, which can help with quality sleep and may be able to reduce stress.

Using collagen supplements can have a positive effect on how hair grows. Taking them at the recommended serving size is simple. They can easily be mixed into smoothies, juice and even water.

Taking these preventative steps can ensure you keep your hair in good health during these warmer summer months.

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