Summer is here! As you enjoy the long, sunny days and beautiful weather of the summer months, you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors. While you do, you’ll want to protect your hair from the sweat, sun exposure, heat, humidity, and chlorine damage that can wreak havoc on your strands. To keep your hair healthy, shiny and luminous all summer long, read on for our 3 tips on how best to safeguard your tresses while you enjoy everything that summer has to offer.
- Beat the Heat and Humidity
Once the summer heat hits, you’ll want to go light on the heat styling as much as possible. When blow-drying you hair, use a good leave-in conditioner like our Blow Out Solution to control frizz and fly-aways all day long. Consider using a brush with a natural bristle or a vented brush that allows the air to flow freely, letting heat dissipate as you dry your hair. Avoid metal brushes, which absorb heat and can singe your strands. And finally, if you like to style your hair with a hot tool like a flat iron, consider using a good protectant spray to guard against thermal damage and keep your hair shiny.
Hair can suddenly get frizzy and poufy once the humidity level rises. Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do to avoid that frequent problem. If you typically towel-dry your hair, try a light, simple cotton t-shirt instead to cut down on the friction that often leads to unwanted frizz. You can also protect your hair by wrapping it up in a chic hairstyle such as a bun or a beautiful braid. Check out this great collection of summer hairstyles from PopSUGAR for some easy, pretty styles you can quickly put together.
- Stay Hydrated and Conditioned
Hydration is always essential to proper hair care, even more so in the summer months. Nourish your body and your hair by drinking plenty of water every day. It’s also a good idea to deep condition your hair at least one night a week, either with a restorative mask or a leave-in conditioner. These two simple steps will help your strands stay supple, enabling your hair to fend off the effects of heat, sunlight and wind while you’re out having fun.
- Protect Your Hair from Chlorine and Salt Water Damage
If you plan to take a dip at the pool or the beach this summer, then you should take a few additional measures to protect your hair from the harmful effects of chlorine and salt water. Before you jump in the water, either rinse your hair or add conditioner to it to keep your strands from absorbing the chlorine or salt water. Also make sure to wash your hair carefully right after you get out of the water; that’s your best opportunity for getting chlorine and ocean salt out of your hair before it has a chance to do any damage.
When detangling your hair, try using a wide tooth detangling comb instead of a brush to reduce the chance of breakage. A good detangling complex will make the process even easier. If you’re a regular swimmer, consider using a swim cap. It may not be the height of fashion, but it will protect your hair from repeated exposure to chlorine that can discolor and damage your strands. You can even take your protection regimen up a notch by adding conditioner to your hair before putting on the cap to revitalize your hair while you’re out for a swim.
That’s it! We hope you’ve found this advice helpful. As always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to us on one of our social media profiles listed below. Enjoy your summer!
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