Summer Hair: How to Maintain Your Mane This Season
Posted byMartha Garcia
Your summer hair is a disaster after all the hours you’ve enjoyed in the pool and at the beach. You want to stay cool, but your hair can’t take the abuse. What’s a girl to do? The sun, chlorine and salt water all dry your hair out, making it more susceptible to breakage and other damage.
Check out these tips to protect your hair from damage to pep up that lackluster mop that’s taken a beating this season.
The easiest way to protect your hair is to wear a hat. While guys can don a ball cap with nearly any outfit, your summer wardrobe is carefully curated. If you’re heading to the pool or beach, or simply a day in the sun, opt for a floppy bohemian hat or large sun hat.
Before jumping in the pool that is sure to damage your new color job with all that chlorine, protect your hair. Slather conditioner on your locks. This may help minimize the damage from the sun and chlorine by reducing the amount of water that will penetrate the hair. This can also help you post-swim with detangling benefits.
Another option: hop in the shower before taking a plunge. Your hair will become saturated with the clean shower water, making it less likely to soak up the chlorinated or salty water later, says Bustle.1 If you have time, shower off when you’re done for the day
If you’re planning a full day in the sun, opt for a spray with UV protection to keep sun damage at bay. A lightweight formula may help protect your tresses from damage caused by the sun and water. You can use it before you style to protect your hair and after, since it pulls double duty as an awesome detangler, too. Opt for products with UV protection, not sunscreen. While you need the sunscreen for your face, your hair does not.
Once the sun has set and you return home, take a lukewarm or cold shower, rather than hot water. This may help protect your color and reduce some of the frizz caused by damage.
No matter what your styling routine looks like, when your hair is dry be sure to apply a nourishing oil to the ends of your hair, which receive the most damage. This will help prevent breakage and protect your hair later. You may want to check out argan oil to moisturize your ends. It comes in a tiny bottle, but it packs a punch.
A few fabulous in-salon treatments work wonders for damage, frizz and shine, but they may wallop your wallet, depending on the salon. A demi-permanent conditioner is a professional treatment that offers intense repair and conditioning for dry, damaged and colored hair. The treatment uses amino acids to strengthen the damaged hair and smooths and seals the cuticle helping to lock in moisture.
Another salon treatment is a taming treatment. It is brushed on the hair and heat set for about 45 minutes before the hair is rinsed and styled as usual. It may cut down on frizz, make the hair shinier and reduce blow dry time, which is a huge plus when temperatures are pushing 100.
When All Else Fails
Maybe you haven’t done a stellar job protecting your summer hair and just want to get it out of your face. Throw it in a top knot or braids. Or, go for a big change and chop it all off! Whatever you decide, make sure that you rock it with confidence and style!
1Crawford, Annie. “Hair Care Tips For After Swimming, So Your Lovely Locks Don’t Suffer. ” Bustle. July 17, 2015. https://www.bustle.com/articles/95915-hair-care-tips-for-after-swimming-so-your-lovely-locks-dont-suffer
- Posted by Martha Garcia
- On August 16, 2017