Six Tips for Luscious Locks All Summer Long
Summer means more time outdoors in the sun, at the beach, and by the pool. And while that’s great for making memories and soaking up vitamin D, it’s bad news for your hair. Exposure to sun, salt, and chlorine leaves hair dry and damaged and can leach the color out of your lovely locks. But not to worry! By adding a few extra steps to your beauty routine, you can keep hair looking salon-fresh all summer long.
- Use conditioner regularly.
Hair needs moisture just like your body needs water. Rehydrate your hair using a quality conditioner to counteract the drying effects of the sun.
- Decrease frequency of styling with heat tools.
Summer styles are perfect for air-drying, and your hair will thank you when you take a break from drying, curling, and straightening using heat tools. Heat dries out your hair and can even singe it if the tool is too hot, leaving you with broken, frizzy-looking strands. If your hairstyle requires a blow dryer, use a diffuser nozzle to reduce heat damage.
- Look for natural ingredients in hair products like shampoo and hairspray.
Surfactants (the ingredient in shampoo that creates a lather) can fade color and leave your scalp dry. Consider a lather-free shampoo made from essential oils that won’t strip your hair. Hairspray is another common culprit of dried-out summer hair, since it often contains alcohol that sucks moisture from tired tresses. Skip the hairspray this summer, or choose one that contains natural ingredients.
- Prep your hair before heading to the beach.
Protect your hair from sun and salt damage by applying an SPF deep conditioner before hitting the beach. If you’re not swimming, a floppy hat will also protect your hair from the drying effects of the sun.
- Care for hair before and after a pool party.
Chlorine will dry your hair out, leach out color, and can even turn salon color green after too much exposure. Minimize damage by rinsing hair with tap water before diving in. Dry hair acts like a sponge; if it’s already wet, it won’t soak up as much chlorine in the pool. After a swim, rinse or wash hair to remove chlorine before heading on to your next activity.
- Give your hair a styling break.
All-natural styles are trendy this summer, and that’s great news for your hair. Letting hair air dry and giving it a break from products and styling tools will keep each strand healthy and strong. Try pulling long locks back in a fishtail braid or up into a messy bun rather than styling with a blow dryer.
Summer time doesn’t have to mean dry, damaged, frizzy hair. With just a little extra effort, you can have luscious locks and brilliant color all summer long, no matter where your summer travels take you.