Helping Your Hair Survive Summer

Summer can be rough on your strands. Heat, humidity, UV ray exposure, chlorine, and saltwater all do a number on your hair. A slight adjustment to your normal routine can make a huge difference. To get through the summer months without sporting a fried mane come fall, follow these easy tips and tricks.

Go sulfate-free.
Sticky weather + intense heat = greasy tresses. Naturally, we want to lather up more in the summer — but shampooing more frequently strips your hair of its natural oils. Then, the detergents packed into most shampoos dry out your hair even more. You’re fighting a losing battle, and will end up with straw-like locks come September. Pick a sulfate-free shampoo, which will be gentler on your hair and dry it out less. I’ve had good luck with L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo (about $7), which is made for color-treated hair. If you don’t color your hair, L’Oreal also makes other products in this sulfate-free line (EverCreme, EverSleek, & EverStrong).

Protect your color from UV rays.
Few things fade haircolor faster than the sun. To keep your beachy highlights (or platinum mane) fresher longer, mist on a UV protectant spray. I like L’Oreal Professionnel Solar Sublime Spray. And skip that visit to the salon before your vacation. Coloring your hair dries out your strands, and the effects will be intensified when you’re out the sun, as UV rays do the same. Wait until after your vacation to get your color touched up.

Carry dry shampoo…
…everywhere. It’s a savior in a number of scenarios, like when you’re drenched in sweat before you even get to work in the morning, or the humidity totally kills your style and amps up the frizz. It soaks up sweat & grease, nixes odor, and revives your style. It’s refreshment in a can/bottle, and you’ll be so happy you have it when you need it!

More tips after the break…

Embrace what nature gave you.
If you spend a huge chunk of time under the hairdryer, summer is the time to let it go (especially if you don’t have air conditioning). Embrace your natural style and texture, whether it be wavy or poker-straight. The trick is to wash your hair before bed and let it air-dry. You’ll save time, endure less aggravation, and you’ll spare your hair from the stress of heat styling. There are 2 ways to do this and still get great-looking hair:

  • To bring out natural waves, let your hair air-dry for a bit, then twist it into a braid. When you unfurl it in the morning, you’ll have gorgeous, natural waves. Give them a boost with Bumble & bumble Surf Spray ($24), which mimics the effects of saltwater on your hair, and gives you tousled, beachy waves. It’s effortlessly pretty.
  • If you have straight hair, just let it be and hit the pillow.

A Tip for Blondes
Chlorine can turn blonde hair brassy–or even worse, green. If you’re spending a lot of time at the pool this summer, use a specialty shampoo to get the chlorine out of your hair. A good pick: Aubrey Organics Swimmer’s Normalizing Shampoo for Active Lifestyles ($4-$15). And if possible, coat your hair in conditioner before taking a dip; it will act as a barrier between the chlorine and your hair.

Forgo a style change.
Humidity obviously makes hair freak out, so summer isn’t the best time to consider a style change. A few years ago, I decided to get bangs in the middle of July…huge mistake. I spent the rest of the summer wrestling with my hair, trying to get it to behave. Put off a major style switch-up until fall, when your hair returns to acting normal.

What are you summer haircare tips? Any you swear by?

Feature image via Maria Teijeiro/OJO Images; second image via travelingcolors.

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5 Responses to Helping Your Hair Survive Summer

  1. Evienereal says:

    Great list! I also find that investing in a good anti-frizz serum helps. Kerastase has this new one that’s all the rage called Elixir or some sort. I use one by Organix which helps.
    Malaysia is always humid, and my hair is frizzy all the time, and it gets epic sometimes! The heat can also trigger a greasy scalp so I use Loreal’s Nutri-Gloss Conditioning Spray. It gives my hair a bit more life and makes it smell yummy!

    • SugarSocial says:

      Thanks for the tips! It always helps to hear from ladies who are battling frizz in warm, humid climates.

  2. Jill says:

    Neil George indian gooseberry oil is my absolute go-to for an anti-frizz treatment. It’s on the pricey side ($50/bottle) but it’s definitely worth it!! Also, it looks like Bath and Body Works has a summer waves hair spritz with a “UV Absorber.” So you can get the sea salt wave treatment with UV protection at the same time. As for cleansing/conditioning, I’m very partial to Aveda products.

    • SugarSocial says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jill! I love Aveda, too, and have heard great things about Neil George’s Indian Gooseberry oil.

  3. Autumn says:

    I have used the L’oreal sulfate-free shampoo and have noticed a big difference in my hair. I have thick, poofy hair with too much body, and it tends to be dry. I tried the sulfate free shampoo and loved it the first time I used it. My hair felt smoother and didn’t feel so dry. And it has a nice light feel to it. My hair is also very wavy with a good amount of curl, and it was smoother, and the waves and curls weren’t crazy anymore. I love this shampoo and will keep on using it. I highly recommend it.

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