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