You might love summer, but your hair probably doesn’t. Your locks may not react so well to the heat and humidity, not to mention salt water if you’re spending any time in the ocean. These factors may cause your hair to be extra dry and frizzy during the warmer months, but there are always preventative measures you can take.
Don’t wash hair as often
Though shampoo cleans hair, it also has a tendency to strip the scalp of its natural oils, making it dryer. Try adding an extra day in between washes. You can still rinse your hair with water to freshen it up. If you’re worried about your hair looking oily, there’s always dry shampoo. For a more natural solution, try witch hazel.
Avoid extra exposure to heat
The air is already hot, so give your hair a break. Try to minimize your use of hair dryers and flat irons, or put them to a lower heat setting. If your hair takes a long time to dry, consider buying a special microfiber hair turban that speeds up drying time more than a regular towel.
Cover your hair
Wear a hat or tie your hair up with a scarf. In addition to helping your hair retain its moisture, you’ll be protecting your scalp from the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Condition and moisturize
Never forget conditioner during the summer months, and feel free to go above and beyond with deep conditioning treatments or hair masks. You can easily make your own treatments at home with ingredients like coconut oil, aloe vera, avocado oil, argan oil, and olive oil. Once a week should be sufficient.
Be kind to your hair
Wear loose hairstyles that won’t pull your hair too much. Also try switching to a comb or brush with wider bristles/combs that are more gentle when they detangle strands.
If you feel like switching up your hair color for the summer, try and do it at the beginning of the season before it gets too hot. Also be careful if you like swimming in pools - they have harsh chemicals that can easily strip hair of its moisture. There’s a reason professional swimmers wear caps! Don’t worry, you can still enjoy the pool. Just don’t shampoo your hair beforehand, and maybe put in some leave-in conditioner while you’re at the pool.
Stay on top of your haircut schedule
Make sure you’re visiting your stylist regularly to trim off dead ends. You might even want to do a big cut at the start of the season.
Use UV protection
Sunscreen isn’t just for your skin. You can buy shampoos and leave-in conditioners with SPF, or just run your fingers through your hair after applying sunscreen to your body.