Summer Hair Care Tips from Defining Moments Hair Salon
Summer may bring glorious visions of natural highlights and long windblown hair. The reality? Summer sun, hot temperatures, and related humidity may damage your hair’s cuticle resulting in dry, drab, split, brittle, frizzy hair and ragged ends. Sun exposure can be just as damaging to unprotected tresses as a super hot blow dryer. All types, textures, and conditions of hair can suffer from too much summer sun which can result in dryness, frizz, and moisture loss. Consider some of these basic tips for preventing unnecessary damage and having great summer hair.
- Give your tresses a summer shampoo break. Shampoo less often to allow tresses to absorb natural oils. Or switch to more gentle cleansing methods which won’t dry out sun exposed strands. Opt for conditioner only or diluted shampoo washes.
- Go natural. During summer months when hair tends to be moisture deprived, limit use of hair chemicals (bleach, hair color, relaxers, chemical straighteners) as much as possible. If you can’t forgo the chemicals, rest assured that our products are chosen because of their conditioning properties. Depending on hair type, texture, and condition you may also wish to consider avoiding haircare products containing known ingredients (such as some forms of alcohol) which may be drying to the hair.
- Back off heated hair styling tools. If you normally use hot styling tools, (dryers, hot irons, rollers) give you hair a rest during the summer months. Air dry whenever possible or opt for easy chic styles. Braid damp tresses to create natural waves as the hair air dries. Play with half-up/half-down styles or Boho side braids.If you’re attached to your blow dryer and can’t give it up, use a leave-in conditioner designed to protect your hair against dryer heat. When you do blow dry, dry on high heat. Why? You expose your hair to heat for a shorter period of time than you would if you used medium heat.
- Amp up rinse-out conditioning treatments. When you cleanse be sure to apply a rinse-out conditioner appropriate for your hair, type, texture, and current condition. Allow it to remain on the hair for the recommended duration. After towel drying tresses, apply a drop or two of a great leave-in product and distribute completely through your strands.
- Schedule deep conditioning treatments. Hair regularly exposed to the sun needs regular deep conditioning and moisture replenishment. Utilize hair repair products, such as our Prive Intensive Mask, once a week to keep strands healthy and moisturized. For extra deep conditioning apply conditioning product to tresses then wrap in plastic wrap or a shower cap. Allow conditioner to soak into damaged hair for an extended period or overnight for extra repair and remoisturizing benefits. Keep in mind some hair care products designed to add shine, may only add shimmer, but not necessarily add moisture. Be sure to read all ingredients on the product labels to understand what benefits the product is designed to provide.
- Treat fragile ends with TLC. Jojoba oil applied to the ends of your strands will help soften them. Jojoba oil works wonders on frizzy hair. Jojoba oil can also be utilized as a pre-shampoo treatment or applied to dry strands for protection throughout the day. Our Prive Vanishing Oil will also do the trick. This is a mixture of three nut oils that miraculously “vanish” into the hair while conditioning the hair without leaving it greasy feeling or looking. Prevent static electricity from occurring during the hot months by applying a leave-in hair conditioner which will instantly add moisture and shine back into the hair.
- Use protection. Hanging out in the sun without protection for your hair and scalp is the worst thing you can do. Use leave-in hair products with SPF protection or where a cap when you know you will be out in the sun for extended periods. If you don’t have specific leave-in or protective sun care products for your hair and scalp slather a regular SPF product on your tresses. Make sure to concentrate the product onto your scalp as well. Although not a perfect solution, it will help save your tresses from major sun damage.
- Cover up. When you find yourself out in the sun, the beach, or at the pool without pre-planning, reach for a hat to cover those delicate strands. With all the sizzling fashion options you choose these days from a sassy floppy straw hat or go with a cute baseball style cap. Remember to buy a hat which allows for proper air circulation and blood flow. If you buy a hat that doesn’t allow for air flow you will get too hot to endure keeping the hat on.
- Be religious about trims. Since summer can rob moisture from your tresses, make sure you have your ends trimmed every 4-6 weeks during the summer months. When your ends are frizzy, its a sure sign that they are either damaged, split or both. Hair can get sunburned just like the skin. The only way to deal with severely burnt hair is by trimming the damage off. Prevention is the safest plan. Frizzy hair is often the result of too much sun time.
- Block frizz. When the summer heat is hottest contain potential frizz by wearing hair up in a knot, bun, or braids. Or combine a cute side braid with a chic cap or hat to keep the hair covered. Depending on your hair type, texture, and condition you may also be able to use shine products as a quick fix to control frizzies. But remember a little goes a long way.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. While it’s important to amp up your moisturizing and conditioning duties during summer months, remember to keep your roots and hair hydrated from the inside out. Drink plenty of liquids to keep roots and strands flush with fluids. Water will also keep your skin soft and plump. While it’s tempting to drink ice cold alcoholic drinks keep in mind that they can dehydrate skin and hair. Water is always the best choice for the health of your body.
Prevention is always the best action for your tresses. Take care of your hair during summer months and you won’t have to spend the Fall and Winter working to repair you hair.
-Karen Marie Shelton & Jason Evans