Summer Hair Tips
Summer can be tough on our locks. The sun, baking our heads at 100*, sand and salt and let’s not forget chlorine! We have it all here in Santa Barbara, sea, sand, wind, humidity and desert dryness (love those sun downers). How can we protect our hair from the harshness of summer? What are some things you can do to keep your color fresh, even in the hot weather? What can you do to rehabilitate dry, damaged hair?
Every story about hair starts in the shower. What are you using as your cleanser? What are you using as your conditioner? I like to recommend to my clients that they shampoo for the hair you would like to have and condition for the hair you currently have.
- If you are struggling with dry hair and you’d like to have smooth hair, start with an anti-frizz shampoo and use a moisturizing conditioner.
- If your challenge is breakage and would like healthy hair, shampoo with a smoothing shampoo and finish with a protein infused conditioner.
- Your hair color is fading and you’d like to keep in vibrant longer, wear a hat! Seriously, it’s the best way to protect your head, but if you just don’t have a hat head, I understand, start with a mild cleanser and finish with a sulfate free (possibly color enhancing) conditioner.
If you only have one concern, color for example, double up and shampoo and condition to protect your color longer. You get the idea.
Summer Hair Products
The products you use in the summer time should be few and light. Choose products that will achieve the style you want. Sleek, smooth, curly, wavy, you do you! Here are a couple of ideas.
- Beachy waves need a texturizing spray and a styling balm.
- A french braid is easy with just a leave in conditioner (with sunscreen!) and a light oil.
- Want a simple pony? Either of the above would work well, but you could also try smoothing cream to tame the fly-aways or curling cream to get some bounce.
Protective Hair Styles
The way you wear you hair in the summer can affect the overall condition. If you’re a pony tail person, a great protective style, try to place your pony in various elevations on your head. If you always put your elastic in the same spot you’ll eventually get breakage in that area. You can also switch it up by opting for a braid without the elastic on top.
- Try tucking your hair through the hole in the back of a baseball cap rather than tying it up.
- There are so many decorative combs and headbands available now, just remember to stick them in different spots to avoid breakage.
- Scarves and head wraps can evoke an island vibe.
- Classic big straw hat.
Repair your hair
Sometimes you can do everything right and still you have damaged your hair. The best thing to do first is not panic. i have deep conditioning treatments that can help restore resilience to your locks. I also have products available for you to take home to manage your summer hair.
Thanks for reading.