Summer can be a great time to relax, soak up some sun, and enjoy the great outdoors. However, it can also be a challenging time for your hair. The heat, humidity, and increased exposure to the sun can all take a toll on your locks, leaving them dry, frizzy, and damaged. To help keep your hair looking and feeling its best all summer long, here are some tips for how to look after your hair in summer.

1. Protect your hair from the sun

Just like your skin, your hair can be damaged by the sun’s rays. The UV rays can cause the cuticle layer of the hair to open up, resulting in dryness, brittleness, and breakage. To protect your hair from the sun, wear a hat when you are outside. You can also use hair products that contain UV filters, which can help shield your hair from the harmful effects of the sun. (see our favourite summer products below.)

2. Stay hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is important for your overall health, but it can also benefit your hair. When you are dehydrated, your hair can become dry and brittle, making it more susceptible to damage. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day, and consider using a leave-in conditioner to help keep your hair hydrated.

3. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner

In the summer, your hair can become oily and sweaty more quickly than usual. This can lead to a buildup of dirt and oil on your scalp, which can clog your hair follicles and prevent your hair from growing. To keep your hair clean and healthy, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your hair type. Avoid using too hot water to wash your hair, as this can strip your hair of its natural oils.

4. Avoid using heat styling tools

Heat styling tools, such as straighteners and curling tongs/wands, can damage your hair by drying it out and making it more prone to breakage. During the summer months, try to avoid using these tools as much as possible. Instead, embrace your natural hair texture and use styling products that can help enhance your hair’s natural beauty. 

5. Protect your hair when swimming

Swimming is a great way to cool off in the summer, but the chlorine and saltwater can be harsh on your hair. To protect your hair when swimming, wet your hair with clean water before you get in the pool or ocean. This can help prevent your hair from absorbing as much chlorine or saltwater. You can also use a leave-in conditioner or oil to help protect your hair from the drying effects of chlorine and saltwater.

6. Trim your hair regularly

Regular trims can help keep your hair looking healthy and prevent split ends. In the summer, the heat and humidity can cause your hair to become frizzy and damaged, making it more prone to split ends. To prevent this, make sure to trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to remove any damaged ends.

In conclusion, taking care of your hair in the summer requires a little extra effort, but it is worth it to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy. By following these tips, you can help protect your hair from the sun, keep it hydrated, and prevent damage from heat styling tools and swimming. Remember to stay consistent with your hair care routine and to use products that are designed for your hair type to ensure the best results.

Our favourite summer products:

  1. Soleil by Kerastase the entire range is targeted at protecting your hair in the sun.
  2. Argan oil serum by beauty works helps to rehydrate and feeds the hair needs.
    Other oils include:
    – Mythic Oil by L’Oreal
    – Elixir Oil by Kerastase
    – Moroccan Oil by Moroccan Oil.
  3. Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner by Paul Mitchell for hair that needs to be cleansed from a build up of chlorine or other product build up such as sun cream or fake tan.
  4. Swim Cap water-resistant mask by Phillip Kingsley great for day times on holiday shielding against the damage that can appear through chlorine, salt water and uv rays.
  5. Protein spray by Label.M uv protector, light leave-in conditioner that acts as a great detangler can be used before and after sun exposure. 

When looking for hair care products for summer always check for heat and uv protectors, if in doubt please ask one of our hair artists.

An award winning hair studio based in White Hart Lane in Barnes.
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