Summer can wreak havoc on hair. From the drying effects of the sun, saltwater, and chlorine, your hair is likely to be a fried mess come August. But it doesn’t have to be; there are simple ways to keep it healthy all summer long, no matter how much time you spend outdoors. Follow these tips for healthy, strong, great-looking hair all summer long.
Keep a travel-sized dry shampoo in your purse for those moments when you get caught without AC or you’re sweating your face off. Your hair will fall flat and lose its style instantly in these sticky situations, but dry shampoo can bring it back to life. This Batiste Mini Dry Shampoo Set is kind of genius and completely purse-friendly.
Preserve your color with a UV protectant spray. These mists, which can be used daily and won’t make hair look greasy, create a UV-blocking shield to keep color intact longer and resist fading. Also prevents blondes from turning brassy. I like Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($27). In addition to daily use, it’s a must-have for the beach.
Get a brush that’s easy on wet hair and keep it in your beach bag. After a dip in the ocean or pool, detangle with The Wet Brush ($14), which has soft, flexible bristles that won’t tug or yank wet hair.
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Go sulfate-free. The detergents in standard (aka non-sulfate-free) shampoos are extra drying to hair — something you don’t need in these months when your hair is already drier than usual. Go sulfate-free to cut down on further damage and brittleness. L’Oreal EverPure Moisture Shampoo ($7) and Smooth Conditioner ($7) are gentle, hydrating, color-preserving, suitable for all hair types, and wallet-friendly.
Get a good anti-frizz serum. No matter what type of hair you have, chances are the humidity will turn it into a puffy, frizzy mess if you spend more than one minute outside. Applying an anti-frizz serum to clean, damp hair can help combat frizzies and flyaways and keep hair looking somewhat styled instead of frazzled. I think most ant-frizz serums are pretty much the same, so a drugstore version like Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum ($6) should work just fine.
Do a weekly treatment to combat dryness. Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque ($40) is a great pick. Concentrate on ends, and let it soak in for 30 minutes or so. Wrap hair in a warm towel to help your tresses absorb the goodness.
Embrace your natural texture. Because nothing is worse than sitting under a hot dryer in 100-degree weather, fighting with hair that will just get poufy the minute you step outside. Wavy-haired ladies, use a salt spray to coax out those beachy waves. In addition to Bumble and bumble Surf Spray ($24), I like John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender ($16.50). Curly girls, bring out those beautiful curls by applying Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme ($29) when hair is damp and letting it air-dry.
A few extra tips for great summer hair:
1. Blondes, do a quick rinse with cool water before taking a dip in the pool. The cool water will close the hair cuticle, making it less susceptible to turning brassy or green from the chlorine.
2. Ladies of all hair colors can apply a coat of conditioner before swimming in the sea or pool. This provides extra protection and much-needed moisture.
3. Don’t get your highlights touched up before a beach vacation. The sun will just dry out your already-weak strands even further, and can compromise your fresh new color. Wait till you get home to hit the salon.
4. Considering bangs? Now is not the time, especially if your hair is naturally curly or wavy. The humidity will make bangs curl up, and you’ll spend all summer fighting with them. Wait till the weather cools to snip some fringe.
5. See your stylist for a trim. Chopping off damaged split ends will do wonders for your hair and make it look healthy again. Best to do this in July or August, when most of the damage is done.
What are the summer haircare tips you swear by?
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