Summer is nearly here! Temperatures are rising, the sun is shining, and the ocean, lake or pool is calling your name. But have you thought about all the extra stressors your hair is exposed to during this season?
Hot weather, UV rays, chlorine and saltwater can be incredibly damaging to hair… leaving your locks dehydrated, tangled and prone to breakage.
The good news is that a few simple changes to your hair routine can keep your mane healthy and beautiful all summer long. And you don’t have to miss out on water fun or summer adventures either!
Here’s how you can embrace the season while protecting your hair:
Tip #1: Seek Out Shade
Just like your skin, your hair can easily get dried out in the sun! So snag a shady spot during the hottest hours of the day (usually 10 am to 3 pm). Protect your hair and scalp with a silk scarf, head wrap or wide-brimmed hat.
Tip #2: Don't Forget SPF
Yes, your hair needs sunscreen too! Direct sunlight can be extremely damaging, so be sure to apply products with SPF before heading out for a day of summer fun.
Tip #3: Pick a Protective Style
Bouncy high ponytails are cool and cute for summer, but they can put a lot of tension on your hairline and even cause hair loss! Instead of a tight pony, opt for a loose messy braid or bun. These styles help to prevent tangles and minimize sun exposure.
Tip #4: Go Natural
Summer is the season to skip the heat styling and celebrate your hair’s natural texture. Your hair will air-dry faster in the hot weather, and you’ll save your strands from damage too!
Tip #5: Minimize Heat Exposure
If you want to use a heat tool to style your hair, opt for a blow dryer brush over a standard blow dryer, flat iron, or curling wand. Search for solutions that offer ION Generator and EHD Quick-Dry Technology to dry your strands faster, which means less heat damage and more time for fun in the sun!
Tip #6: Wash Your Hair Less Often
Summer hair tends to be drier, and over-washing can strip away natural oils that keep hair healthy and shiny. If you’re normally a daily washer, try switching to every other day. If you wash your hair two or three times a week, add an extra day between shampoos during the summer season.
Tip #7: Use a Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
Even oily hair needs healthy hydration– especially in the parching-hot days of summer! The right products will strengthen and moisturize strands without weighing them down.
We recommend BOLDIFY Hair Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner, which are infused with rosemary and argan oils for weightless, non-greasy hydration (plus Biotin to reduce breakage).
Tip #8: Seal in Moisture and Nourishment
Environmental stressors (hello heat!) zap moisture from our strands, which can leave them feeling dry, dull and straw-like. That’s why it’s so important to seal in moisture after EVERY wash for glossier, smoother hair.
Apply BOLDIFY Hair Thickening Serum to damp hair after shampooing to replenish moisture and deeply nourish your mane. It’s packed with hair-boosting Biotin, coconut oil, lemongrass extract and more!
Once a week, treat your tresses to a coconut oil mask or use a deep conditioner to restore moisture and hydration.
Tip #9: Give Your Hair Special Care Pre- and Post-Swim
Looking forward to a day at the water park or beach? Before diving in, get your hair wet and apply a hair mask or leave-in conditioner. This saturates your hair so it won’t absorb as much drying chlorine or salt.
Wash, condition and detangle your hair right after swimming. This is especially important for blond hair, which can turn green in chlorinated water. Finish with a serum to lock in moisture.
Tip #10: Don’t Skip Your Salon Visit
With so many exciting things to do in summertime, it’s tempting to put off routine maintenance until the fall. But try to make time in your busy schedule to see your stylist.
Getting a trim can remove damaged ends and give you a thicker, healthier look. A professional conditioning treatment is a good idea as well. Proactively addressing any damage will keep your strands strong and healthy for many seasons to come.