Hot weather, lots of sun, salty or chlorine-filled water… all these wonderful definitions of summer also can wreak havoc on your hair. These conditions, despite how humid it may feel, can seriously dry out your locks… not really the look we’re going for. Luckily, it’s fairly easy to maintain luscious, beautiful hair during the summer, and there’s no need for a bunch of expensive, chemical-filled hair products to do so, either. Let’s go the natural way!
Give the blowdryer a break.
The season is all about relaxing vibes, so let your hair relax a little, too. Put away the blowdryer and curling iron (or use them sparingly) and let your hair sit naturally. Beachy, loose waves are a great style for summer, and all they take is a bit of hair-holding spray and a night sleeping with loose braids. You can also just keep those braids in for the day… another easy, pretty style.
Keep hair at bay at night.
Speaking of nighttime rituals, if you’re not committing to one of the styles above, tie your hair up on the top of your head before you go to sleep. Getting your hair out of your face keeps the oils from rubbing on your skin throughout the night. It also prevents knots, tangles that can lead your delicate strands to tear.
Balance and rehydrate.
From the pool to the sea to the shower, your hair goes from wet to dry an awful lot during the summer months. Balance and rehydrate with rich olive, coconut, or avocado oils. These natural ingredients balance your hair’s pH levels and keep your locks looking shiny and fresh.
Prioritize the fresh water dip.
Before you jump in the pool, if you can, hop into the shower and douse your hair in the fresh stuff. Soaking your hair in fresh water down to the roots can help repel and seal out chemical chlorine, keeping your hair shinier and fuller.
Stick to the comb.
With your hair already going through turmoil this summer, you don’t want to punish it even more with a rough brush. Stick to combing wet hair slowly with a wide-tooth comb. These are gentler on strands, particularly on wet strands that tend stretch and break.
[BONUS TIP] Drink (and eat) plenty of water.
As if there aren’t enough reasons to hydrate-hydrate-hydrate! One of the key aspects of healthy, balanced, refreshed skin and hair is to drink plenty of fluids. And with a greater risk of dehydration in the summer months, this is even more vital. Don’t just stick to chugging water, though; you can eat your fluids too, simply by upping your fruit intake (watermelon, anyone?).
How do you take care of your hair in the summer? We’d love to hear your ideas!