Summertime is a disaster for your hair, let’s just be honest. Between the humidity and the random rain storms and the chlorine and sun damage, it is mixed bag. While you can’t protect your hair from everything, there are some things that you can do to at least try to protect it so that when good hair weather comes back, you can be ready.
1. Avoid Heat Styling
When you out into the sun, you are already putting far too much heat on your head so you want to avoid adding any more. This means to skip over the blow drier, curling irons, wands, flat irons, and curlers. Wash your hair earlier so that you can air dry, go for a natural curly look, and just let your hair do what it wants. Now is not the time to fry it within an inch of its life.
2. Lots Of Fluids
When the heat is one during the summer months, you have to drink enough water. While it might seem strange, drinking water will keep your skin healthy, especially the skin on your scalp. Try to focus on drinking only water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables, which will also help with keeping your skin hydrated. If you tend to sweat, make sure to rinse your scalp and massage it so that your skin doesn’t start to cake up and grow thick.
3. Night Treatment
If you did put your hair through something extra harsh during the day, try to repair it at night with night treatments. If you don’t want to pay the price for the more expensive ones, simple apply leave-in conditioner, wrap a towel around your head, and go to sleep. When you wake up, your hair will feel better and look better too.
4. Control Frizz
If ‘frizz’ bothers you, learn to control it. If it doesn’t, you can flaunt it to the rest of the world and let it show proudly.
Still, to control your frizz you’ll have to tie your hair up or try another hairstyle. Consider learning how to French braid, pulling your hair into a pony tail, or even doing a simple French twist. Keeping the hair off the back of your neck can also reduce sweating.
5. Shampoo With Care
Even if you are sweating up a storm, you do not want to shampoo your hair every day. You will strip your hair and scalp of the natural oils that you need for shiny, strong hair. Consider using a dry shampoo to eliminate some of the oil if you can, or only focus the shampoo on your scalp.
There are many “mild” shampoos on the market today that won’t strip down your hair. For most people, a thorough rinse with cool water should be enough to eliminate the sweat, however.
6. Use Quality Conditioner
As the sun beat down on you, it dries out your hair. To put some of the moisture back in it, use a rinse-out conditioner that is thick and high quality. Go to your local beauty store and ask the employees which one to purchase based on your hair type and texture.
While there, ask about that leave-in conditioner as well. Sometimes there are systems that work really well together.
7. Protect when Swimming
During the summer, we all love to go in the pool, into the ocean, and generally into any body of water that looks somewhat clean and safe. You have to remember not to shampoo your hair the day you go into the water, or your hair won’t have the protective qualities that it needs.
DO clean your hair after you get out of the water, preferably using a shampoo that has contains ethylene tetra-acetic acid to stop the harmful effects of the chlorine. If you have blond hair, you will have to be even more careful about rinsing everything out right away, or your hair could turn green.
8. Dry Wash
Oily hair is problematic and no one wants to look like they just got out of a grease pit. Shifting to dry shampoo can keep your hair protected and clean without stripping it of its essentials. If you don’t want to pay the price, just carry baby powder with you and comb that through, it will do the same thing.
9. Avoid Too Many Products
Go easy on your hair during the summer months. Try not to color it, use an abundance of hairspray, or generally weigh it down. There is already enough “stuff” going into it, so you really shouldn’t add anything else.
10. Trim Your Hair More
If you are trying to grow your hair out, summer is a bad time. You will see many, many split ends and dry parts to your hair, which isn’t healthy. You absolutely have to get those trimmed off, if not a few inches beyond that. Talk to your hairdresser about the appropriate length, but don’t be shocked when “just a trim” doesn’t cut it.
If you can’t do any of the above, just use your common sense: wear a hat, brush your hair, and try to protect your scalp as much as possible.