Protect Your Tresses all Summer Long: The Do’s and Don’t for Summer Hair Care
Your hair endures quite a bit of daily abuse during the summer season -in fact- it’s the harshest season for your hair! Daily exposure to scorching heat, soaring humidity, salt, sweat, oil, and chlorine all cause damage to your tresses. Once you know the do’s and don’ts for summer hair care, you can start minimizing damage now and begin protecting your hair throughout the summer season.
Do Get A Trim
Schedule regular trims, even micro-trims, throughout summer; removing dead ends strengthens hair.
Don’t Overuse Heated Styling Tools
Outdoor elements do enough damage to your hair; don’t add to it with excessive use of curling irons, flat irons, and daily blow drying. If possible, allow your hair to air-dry; if you must blow dry use a cool setting.
Do Keep Your Coiffure Natural
Keep it simple with ponytails, messy buns, loose updos, and braids. The summer season is a fantastic time to experiment and have fun with Boho hairstyles and maximize using hair accessories.
Don’t Overwash Your Hair
Try washing your hair every other day using a moisturizing shampoo. Concentrate on the scalp rather than the ends of your hair. Don’t skip a moisturizing conditioner on the ends of your hair.
Do Brush Carefully
Hair is at its weakest when wet. Avoid vigorously brushing wet hair! Instead, use a wide-tooth comb after spritzing your hair with a detangler.
Don’t Fight the Frizz
A small drop of anti-frizz oil, like Argan, will tame your tresses. Remember, healthy well-maintained hair is your best defense against frizz!
Do Use a Leave-In Conditioner
Before plunging into a chlorinated pool spritz your hair with leave-in conditioner. It will penetrate your hair and prevent it from soaking up excess chemicals. It also guards against the drying effects too! Remember, water and oil don’t mix. Rinsing hair with fresh water immediately following a swim helps dilute chemicals prone to turn blonde hair green.
Don’t Make Drastic Changes to Your Hair Mid-Season
Try to avoid dramatic color changes or chemical processes when your hair is most vulnerable to damage. If you’re unable to skip chemical treatments, do pay extra attention to moisturizing your hair.
Do Use a UV Hair Protection Product
Conditioners with built-in UV protection help protect color from fading and overall sun damage. For extra SPF, try whisking your fingers lightly through your mane after applying sun protection to your body.
Don’t Let the Sun Burn Your Scalp
Protect your scalp where your hair naturally parts by applying sunblock to that area. Sunburns of the scalp are dangerous! It can damage the hair follicles and skin which may lead to hair loss.
Do Wear a Hat
Hats are the best way to protect your hair and scalp from sun damage! Ladies- Glam up your beach fashion with a wide-brimmed sun hat with built in UV protection or opt for a chic Jackie O’ head scarf. Gents- Protect your crown by wearing a baseball cap, cowboy hat or a bandana; straw hats, no matter how fashionable they are, provide little-to-no sun protection.