From swimming to sunbathing to tight hairstyles designed to keep your hair off your neck and out of your face, summertime can wreak havoc on your hair. Those shiny, beautiful strands you loved to show off last spring can quickly become dull, dry, and damaged.
Want to rock popular summer styles like beachy waves or long mermaid locks? You’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to protect your strands and still show them off. Keep reading to learn 7 summer hair care tips you need to try this season.
Start the Season with a Trim
Whether you’re working on growing your hair out, love your current length, or want to lighten things up for the warmer weather, start this season with a trim. Trimming your hair frequently helps to get rid of split ends. It also keeps your locks growing healthy and strong.
As a general rule, you should aim to trim your hair a minimum of once every three months. This is true even if you are trying to grow your hair out. Just be sure to tell your stylist that you don’t want to lose a lot of length.
If you’re looking to stay cool this summer, this season is also a great time to try out a new length. Go bold with a pixie cut, or keep things classic with a bob. Not only are these looks perfect for summer, but they can also help you avoid the temptation of pulling your hair back when it gets hot, which means less damage to your strands.
Skip the Heated Styling Tools
From exposure to the sun to tight ponytails and other hairstyles to chlorine from the pool, your hair is under some added stress during the summertime. Add in heated styling tools like blow-drying or straightening and your locks can sustain some serious damage.
During the summer months, take advantage of trendy, casual hairstyles. This helps give your head a break from the heated styling tools at least a couple of days a week. Rather than reaching for your curling iron in the morning, go to bed with your hair in a bun on the top of your head or in long braids. Add some gel or hair spray in the morning, and you’ll have a fun, beachy look that doesn’t require any heat.
Embrace Your Natural Texture
Along the same lines as skipping the heated styling tools, summer is the perfect time to embrace your natural texture. It’s time to let your strands go free and wild.
In addition to skipping your usual styling routine, this is also a great time to treat yourself to a hair treatment that can help you embrace your beautiful natural texture. Our Tea Tree Scalp Treatment will help you reverse the effects of build-up and dead skin on your scalp so that your lovely locks can shine through without the added weight or oily look.
Opt for Low-Impact Extensions to Achieve That Mermaid Style
Long mermaid-inspired hair is a summer staple. But traditional extensions put pressure on your natural strands. This can lead to split ends and damaged locks.
If you’re dreaming of that perfect mermaid look this summer, opt for low-impact extensions. Beautify hand-tied extensions are the perfect alternative to other hair extension options which pull on your natural hair and on your scalp, causing damage.
With a low-impact alternative, you can achieve that perfect summer look without worrying about dealing with broken or damaged hair when the season is over and you’re ready to try out a new look.
Give Your Locks Some Love Before You Dive In
It’s no secret that chlorine can wreak havoc on your hair. The chemicals in your summer resort’s pool water will quickly strip your hair of its natural oils. This in turn will leave your hair dull and dry, even after you’ve washed it again.
Luckily, there are several ways to combat the effects of chlorine without having to forgo a refreshing dip this summer.
One of the simplest things that you can do to protect your locks is to rinse them with fresh water before you dive in. Your strands are only able to absorb so much water. When they are already saturated with freshwater, they won’t absorb as much chlorinated pool water.
This helps to reduce the effects. When you’re done swimming, immediately rinse your hair again with fresh water. This will help to get rid of any lingering chlorine before it can further dry and damage your hair.
Do you suffer from chronically dry or damaged hair in the summer? If so, you can also take this tip one step further. Apply a hair mask or leave-in conditioner before you dive in. The moisturizing benefits of these products will help to combat the drying effect of chlorine. And, your coated locks won’t absorb as much pool water.
While you’re caring for your hair, don’t forget that chlorine has a similar effect on your skin. Sunscreen not only helps block UV rays, but can also keep your skin hydrated while you’re swimming. Just don’t forget to opt for waterproof sunscreen, and reapply frequently throughout the day!
Smooth with a Keratin Treatment
If all that sunshine and swimming has your hair frazzled and dry, it’s time to schedule an appointment for a Keratin Treatment. Ideal for dry, frizzy, and sun-damaged hair, this treatment features an Awapuhi Wild Ginger conditioning formula.
This is a unique blend of proteins that treat damage and tame frizz. You’ll enjoy smooth, beautiful locks, even if you just spent several months diving into your backyard pool or soaking in the sun on the beach!
In between treatments, be sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that features smoothing and moisturizing properties during the summer months.
If you find yourself rinsing and washing your hair more frequently to offset the effects of summer, use a purifying anti-residue shampoo at least once a week to help get rid of build-up.
Shield Your Strands
While it isn’t talked about as often as the threat that UV rays pose to our skin, the sun can actually damage your hair as well. Long-term exposure to UVA and UVB rays can damage your hair’s cuticle, which is the outer coating of each strand.
This can not only leave your hair dry and brittle but can also cause discoloration. This is true for those with natural hair, though the damage may be worse for color-treated strands.
Besides wearing a hat to cover your hair and protect it from the sun’s rays, you can also use hair products that are specifically designed to lock out UVA and UVB rays, just like your sunscreen protects your skin.
Caring for Your Hair All Year Long
Alongside the fun hairstyles popular in the summertime, this season also brings some unique threats to your hair that can leave it dry and damaged.
Luckily, with a little extra work and a few special treatments, you can protect your locks and enjoy beautiful, moisturized, healthy hair all summer long!
If you’re ready to start caring for your locks, check out our Beautify treatment options to find the right one for your strands!
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