Summer means long sunny days, warm nights, and lots of water activities. Should you switch up your hair care routine during the sunshine season? There are a few things you can do to prep your hair for the extra sun exposure and water. We’re here to help you get started!
How to Prep Your Hair for Summer Weather
1. Get a Trim
Many hair experts suggest getting a trim every three to four months. The start of summer in July is the perfect time to head to your local salon for a trim. Help your hair grow thicker and quicker with regular trims. Plus, healthier ends can better withstand all the fun you’ll be having in the sun in the coming weeks.
2. Wear Your Hair Natural When You Can
We always recommend keeping hot tool use to a minimum on your natural hair. During the summertime, you may consider giving your hair a break from the usual hot tools. You may also choose to explore protective hair styles during the summer to help you stay hands-free on your hair. Braids, real hair extensions, and other styles can give you a bit more freedom in styling, prevent any worries about humidity, and maintain a sleek-looking style all season.
3. Give Your Hair Extra Moisture
Whether you’re dealing with regular seasonal humidity or you plan to spend times in pools, at beaches, or sweating it out outdoors, you may find yourself dealing with dry hair during the summer. Add extra moisture to your regular hair care routine with deep conditioners, moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, and moisturizing styling products.
4. Use Sun Protection
Sun protection isn’t just for your face and skin. UV rays can cause dryness and zap the color from processed hair. If you plan to spend extra time outdoors, wear a hat to keep your hair and scalp protected.
5. Protect Your Hair From Saltwater and Chlorine
Prevention is the best medicine for seasonal hair damage. Before you take a dip into the pool or the ocean, be sure to prep your hair. Apply leave-in conditioner or soak your hair in clean water before you dive in. This will help prevent your hair from soaking in chemicals or salt that can be damaging.
6. Try an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
If you have exposed your hair to saltwater or pool chlorine, skip the clarifying shampoo and get a thorough cleanse with apple cider vinegar. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water in a spray bottle and spray onto wet hair. Let sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cool, clean water. This will help rebalance the ph of your scalp and remove buildup. Yet, it’s more gentle than using stripping shampoos.