Summer can really take a toll on our hair. UV rays from the sun can damage hair in the same way it can damage our skin. Combine that with chlorine and salt water from pool parties and days at the beach and our hair can end up dry and frizzy. Those of us who color our hair can find that summer has a greater effect on our locks, leaving our vibrant hair color faded and brassy.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. By taking the right precautions to protect our hair, we can get out and enjoy the summer whilst also keeping our hair in top condition.
Get regular trims
A great way to kick summer off is with a trim. This will get your hair in the best condition, getting rid of any split ends so you’re sleek and refreshed for the summer months. With fewer split ends, you’ll also find it much easier to manage your hair, so it will be less tangled and have less breakage. Make sure to schedule regular trims as and when they’re needed throughout the summer to keep your hair free of split ends and frizz.
Cover your hair
When you go out in the sun you should try to cover your hair as much as possible. This will keep it protected from the harmful UV rays and heat from the sun. This is the perfect opportunity to wear that new hat or hair scarf to match your summer outfits! If you’re worried about hats causing breakage, cover your hair with a silk scarf first. Covering your hair in the sun will also help if you dye your hair, as it will prevent the sun from fading the color.
Use a hair gloss treatment
Using a hair gloss treatment will add another layer of protection to your hair. Deep conditioning will penetrate the hair cuticle to add extra moisture and keep your hair soft and shiny. Our Super Gloss is enriched with Babassu Oil to nourish hair, plus it’s free of parabens, sulfates, silicones, and ammonia, so your hair stays protected. Plus, with our shade range, you can boost the vibrancy of your hair color in between salon visits as our conditioning treatment also acts as a color depositing mask. It’s perfect for the summer months when the sun can cause our color to fade quicker.
Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
As well as using a regular hair gloss treatment, you should also swap out your usual shampoo and conditioner for products that will hydrate and moisturize your hair. This will help to get your hair looking sleek and glossy even after a few days in the heat. You could also add a small amount of hair oil or serum to add even more moisture to your hair, and always gently dry your hair with a microfiber towel to prevent frizz and breakage.
Wash your hair less often
Even once you’ve changed up your hair care products for ones with more hydration, you should avoid washing your hair too often. This will strip your hair of its natural oils and cause it to dry out, which can add to the damage caused by the sun and heat. It might be tempting to wash your hair every day in the summer, especially if the heat ramps up. However, you should try to only wash your hair two to three times a week at the most. Instead, you could rinse your hair with water to help you feel more refreshed after a warm day.
Protect hair from chlorine and salt water
It’s important to protect your hair from both chlorine and salt water, as both can dry hair out and leave it straw-like. But you don’t have to avoid swimming altogether to keep your hair protected. Before you swim, saturate your hair with fresh water – this will prevent the damaging chlorine and salt water from penetrating your hair strands. You could also add an extra protective layer by using a hair mask that’s designed for swimming. Make sure to rinse your hair after swimming in freshwater too, to prevent any chemicals or salt water from sitting on your hair.
Avoid using heat tools
Summer is hot enough, so you should avoid adding more heat to your hair through styling tools. Instead of using a hair dryer, gently blot your hair dry with a microfiber towel. This will prevent frizz and in the summer heat, it shouldn’t take too long for your hair to finish air drying. You should also avoid using straighteners or curling iron, as these will damage your hair. To get a beach summer do, just add some sea-salt spray for textured waves or smooth your hair with a serum.
Wear your hair in loose styles
Wearing your hair up in loose, comfortable styles, like a braid or messy bun, can help to protect it from the sun. This will limit its exposure to harmful UV rays and can also help you to keep cool by pulling the hair up off your neck and shoulders. A loose up do will help to keep frizz and breakages at bay. Have fun and experiment with different styles!