Summertime is all about spending care-free days outdoors enjoying the warm weather. But with that come a whole host of elements that can wreak havoc on your hair.
That’s why adopting a summer hair care routine is so important to the health of your strands and in keeping the style you love.
But when you’re battling heat and humidity and swimming pool chemicals, how do you know which treatments are best for you? And is there anything you can do to prevent damage from happening to begin with?
Fortunately, there are several tricks and products you can use to beat the heat damage on your hair this season. Read on to discover the top 8 summer hair care tips to keep your style from fizzling out this summer.
CONDITIONING IS KEY
Your hair gets just as thirsty in the hot summertime as you do. So why not treat it to a little moisture-rich refreshment?
Switching your shampoo and conditioner to moisturizing formulas and using hair oil or serum on the ends will help restore parched locks. For added treatment, conditioning masks and live-in conditioners will give a deeper level of moisture.
Need even more help? Salons can give you a professional deep conditioning treatment that will restore the silkiness and leave even the most damaged hair looking healthy.
SUNSCREEN FOR YOUR HAIR
Yes, hair sunscreen is an actual thing. Your skin isn’t the only one that absorbs damaging UV rays from the sun, so you need to protect your hair as well.
Shop for summer hair care products that include the right amount of sunscreen. There’s a wide assortment of shampoos, conditioners, sprays, oils, and masks to choose from. It all depends on which one works best for your hair type and lifestyle.
By doing a little research, you can pick one that works with your daily routine and gives you the treatment and protection your hair needs.
AVOID EXCESSIVE HEAT
There’s enough heat outside as there is in the summer, you don’t need to add to the problem by using more heat to style your hair. Tis the season to ditch the hair appliances!
Your hair dryer is the first culprit. Leave it in the drawer and instead use a microfiber towel to blot your hair dry. This will help avoid frizz and absorb as much water as possible. Next, opt to air dry while you finish the rest of your morning routine.
And while you’re at it, leave your curling iron and straightener in the drawer as well. Embrace your natural texture or add in a sea-salt spray to give your hair that summer care-free style.
WASH LESS OFTEN
As the days get hotter and the conditions get sweatier, it’s tempting to wash your hair every day. However, by doing just that, you are stripping your scalp and hair of much needed natural oils… and nobody wants that.
Extend the time between washings by using a dry shampoo. Sprinkling the powder onto your scalp and working it in with your fingers will absorb grease and give your hair body and texture at the same time.
However, if you have the type of oily hair that can’t go long without washing, switch to a mild shampoo instead. Suds up just your scalp and let the soap run through the rest of your hair. This will help keep the drying out to a minimum.
SAY GOODBYE TO SWIMMER’S HAIR
If you’re a blond, you likely know the frustration of having your hair turn green after a swim in a chlorinated pool. Or how many of us have taken a dip in the ocean only to be gifted with hair that feels like straw later on?
Your hair naturally absorbs water, so when you’re swimming in chlorine or salt water, your hair will suffer the drying out consequences.
Minimize damage by rising your water with cool, fresh water before taking a swim. You can even add a protective summer hair care mask designed just for swimming if you want an added layer. The more your hair absorbs the fresh water and protective mask, the less salt, and chemicals can get in.
PROTECT YOUR COLOR
You love your color. And your color loves you. What neither of you will love is what the damaging, fading effects the sun can do to your color.
Cover your hair as much as possible when out in the sun. You’ve always wanted to pair that funky hat or pretty scarf with your summer outfits, and now you have the perfect excuse to do so.
Also, make sure you use hair care products that are specifically formulated with color-protecting ingredients. They will protect your hair from the sun’s damaging effect and help keep it from fading. And when you use those products, always rinse with cool water. Hot water is drying and can fade the color.
The cool water not only protects, it will help make your hair shine.
WEAR LOOSE STYLES
Summer humidity can be brutal, something those who suffer from frizzy hair know all too well. So fight the frizz with fun, loose hairstyles!
It’s the perfect time of year to experiment with loose, care-free styles. That’s what summer is all about! You can try messy buns, high ponytails, big braids… the sky is the limit. Not only will it help keep the frizz at bay, you will feel cooler by keeping your hair off your neck.
You’ll look good and feel good – what’s not to love about that?
DON’T SKIP A TRIM
When your hair dries out, your ends will be more likely to split. And splits ends make your style look ragged and frizzy.
Scheduling regular trims will help keep your hair healthier and looking it’s best. This will also keep your hair less tangled and prone to breakage.
SUMMER HAIR CARE CAN BE EASY
So by-all-means, go out and enjoy yourself this summer. But now you know how to beat the heat and keep your hair looking healthy and its absolute best all season long.