Summer is the time we all want to look as amazing as possible. When May comes, you should start making plans for summer hair care, since the process really differs from what you do in the winter.
How to Maintain Hair in Summer
The greatest problem the hair experiences in the summer is dehydration. It is not surprising. Hot sun and wind are your hair’s worst enemies. Summer is the time for vacations and that means salty sea or ocean water. Frequent diving is another hazard for your hair.
So, what can you do to have lively and shiny hair in the summer without cutting it short? Take a look at some compulsory tips for the hot season hair care.
#1: Hydrate your hair
Before you do anything with your hair, trim the split ends. The second rule for summer hair care is hydration. Sometimes dealing with a dry hair problem is just as easy as buying proper shampoo for the sunny season. The ingredients of such shampoo should include hydration components, such as coconut oil and aloe.
Products with citrus extracts will additionally freshen up your locks. Many people stop using hair balsam after washing, thinking that by contacting with sweat and dry wind, it will lead to a dull look. However, hydration after washing is compulsory. All you have to do is change the creamy balsam to a light freshener or a mask, which doesn’t need to be washed off.
#2: Take proper hair care products on vacation with you
Before going on vacation, make sure to purchase all the necessary hair care products. Here is a “must buy” list:
- Special shampoo and balsam
- Jojoba or grape seed oil for hydrating hair ends
- Sunscreen for your hair (mousse or cream)
All the products you are buying should have the highest sun protection factor. When the sun is heating up your hair, even its natural color changes. Imagine how damaging it is for your locks. If you are planning to take sun baths, then make sure to cover your head.
This is especially important for dyed hair. Sun will make any color fade. Some people like the way their hair gets lighter under the sun. However, it would be much less damaging to dye it than to sun-bleach it.
#3: Learn how to style your hair in the summer
When the weather is hot, the sun takes moisture out of your hair. Proper summer hair care implies simple styling, which protects the hair from dangerous ultraviolet rays. Don’t use a blow dryer and curling iron. Try to use tools, which don’t require contact with heat. You can use hair rollers or make waves by braiding hair overnight. It is very important not to use creamy products and dry your hair naturally.
If your hair is very long, try the fashionable French hairstyle. It will require minimum hair products and just a little time. Start by washing your hair and rinsing it with cool water. Letting your hair down is not the best idea in the summer, but making a tight bun is not a way out either.
The French braided hairstyle is somewhat of a middle ground. After the hair is dry, apply some special styling spray with a sun protection factor. Make a loose bun on top of your head and secure it with pins. Some strands must be let down on both sides of your face. Such “mermaid” hairstyle is very popular in the summer since it offers great protection for hair and doesn’t require too much time or hair cosmetics.
#4: Learn the DON’TS
Sometimes it is more important to learn what not to do than what should be done. Here are some important don’ts for summer hair care:
- Don’t leave your head uncovered from 11.00 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you hate hats and caps, choose some light scarfs.
- Don’t blow dry your hair. Let it dry naturally and give it volume by fluffing with your fingers.
- If you are planning a sun-filled vacation, don’t dye your hair right before you leave. Dyeing makes the hair drier. Sun and hot wind will make your dyed locks lifeless and dull
- Use a swimming cap when going swimming. If caps are not your style, try not to submerge your head into the water. Make a high bun and keep your head above water while swimming. If your hair still got wet, make sure to wash the salt water off as soon as possible.
- Don’t leave split ends. Trim your hair at the first signs of splitting.
Your hair needs special care every day of the year. Each season requires its own set of procedures. Never leave hair care for later.
If you don’t follow good advice, your hair will get its revenge on you by becoming dull and thin. Fixing damaged hair will take much more time and money than keeping it healthy. So, take some time to go over the rules and start following them as soon as possible.