10 essential tips for summer hair care

The summer sun can cause havoc on our hair, so follow these tips to keep your hair in tip top condition all summer long...

1. Cover up!

Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects colour-treated hair.

2. Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles

A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control in the summer and minimising exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging, as they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat. This look works well with beach waves, so get braiding on the beach.

3. Wash your hair less often

Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Try just rinsing in the shower with cold water after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid of some extra oil.

4. Reduce the heat

Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will air-dry quickly, so give the blow dryer a break and go au natural if you can. Avoid straighteners as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more in summer.

5. Condition always

Use some coconut oil to smooth, de-frizz, and moisturise your locks after washing. The oil will give some shine and, if you have wavy hair, create natural, air-dried curls. Try a natural deep conditioning treatment once a week to get that extra bit of moisture into your hair, which is lost during the summer months.

6. No more swimmer’s hair

If you’re a blonde who has the fear of turning green after a dip in the pool, try rinsing out your wet hair with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water to get rid of discolouration and dullness. It helps to get your hair wet before entering the water because then it won't absorb as much chlorine.

7. Add some sunscreen

Our skin is not the only thing that needs sunscreen, we always needs to protect our hair, which people usually forget about. One quick way to add some protection is to run your hands lightly through your hair after applying sunscreen to your body.

8. Try a hot oil rinse

Coconut, olive, and avocado oils are good at penetrating the hair shaft. Shampoo hair as usual, and then work in oil from ends to roots. Rinse, and then condition as usual. Your hair should feel moisturised afterwards, but not greasy.

9. Fake the beach look

Use a sea salt spray to get beach wave hair. Spray and scrunch to get that desirable wavy beach look and add a little plait for the ultimate summer-chic style.

10. Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush

Avoid pulling anything through your hair when it’s wet, as that’s when it’s most susceptible to breaking. Wide-tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair, as brushes can pull and tear when they snag strands.

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Tags: Summer, Beauty, Hair