Summer is in full swing! Sundresses, beach days, fresh lemonade…what could be better? The warm weather, however, can bring on a few challenges to your hair. The summer heat can damage your tresses, dry out your ends, and even turn a perfect dye job a completely different color (blondes + chlorine don’t mix well!). Knowing what to do isn’t always obvious. Lulu Beauty shares 5 simple summer hair tips to keep your locks healthy and beautiful all summer long.
When spending long days under the scorching sun, make sure to apply a leave-in conditioner containing SPF. Our personal favorite is Paul Mitchell Triple Rescue Spray. This thermal protection spray offers sun protection, brilliant shine, and the perfect amount of conditioning without weighing hair down (and it smells just how you’d imagine that summer would!). Another easy way to prevent damage is reducing the amount of heat styling you do. Ditch the dryer and flat iron, and opt for easy, heatless styles (check out these braided styles that you can try!).
“Green-pool-hair” is not a myth! The secret to keeping your color from turning green is to prep your hair before diving in. Dry hair will soak up all the chemicals in pool water (and salt water!), so rinsing it with clean water beforehand will prevent your hair from absorbing as much chlorine or salt. Cleansing the hair with proper products also helps prevent the long lasting effects of chlorine. If you’re spending lots of time in the pool, using a clarifying shampoo every fourth wash will help decrease the amount of buildup that pool water leaves behind.
Hair color can easily be ruined and damaged from all the salt/chlorine water, and sun exposure. This happens when heat and sun oxidize your hair, leaving your beautiful hair dry and frizzy. Keratin Treatments can help revitalize and rehydrate your hair, bringing it back to life. Your hair is made up of keratin, so the treatment is putting the protein back into the hair, which is lost with age and chemical services. Keratin treatments also significantly reduce the amount of heat you need to style your hair. It’s the perfect way to get the wash-and-wear look, making it a great option for your summer hair routine.
Frequent washing in summer time can strips your scalp from its natural oils, stimulating an additional production of oil- making your hair extra greasy. The solution is to wash your hair less. Washing less also protects your ends from drying out even more. On break days, make sure to rinse your hair with cold water since it closes the cuticle and seals in moisture.
Water makes up almost a quarter of the weight of a hair strand. Lack of moisture results in hair becoming dry and brittle, making it even more susceptible to split ends and breakage. When you don’t get enough water, your hair may even stop growing altogether! Make sure you’re drinking enough water every day, your hair will thank you.