Summer hair needs are distinctly different than other seasons. The hot days between June and September can make hair dry and brittle. Adding in an assault of pool chlorine or new time zones and hair can get not only stressed out but also increase breakage and leave hair listless. During the summer
season, our hair requires special care and attention due to increased exposure to sunlight, heat, humidity, and other environmental factors. Here are some of the needs of summer hair:
- Protection from UV rays: The sun's UV rays can damage our hair, leading to dryness, frizz, and color fading. It's important to protect hair by minimizing unprotected sun exposure, wearing a hat or scarf, or avoiding excessive sun exposure.
- Hydration: Summer heat and humidity can cause our hair to become dry and dehydrated. It's crucial to maintain adequate moisture levels by using natural and gentle shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks. Look for products with ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, or coconut oil, which help retain moisture and avoid those with Sulfates and parabens.
- Frizz control: Increased humidity can cause frizz and unruly hair. To combat this, use anti-frizz products like natural oils, or leave-in conditioners. These products help to smooth the hair cuticle and prevent frizz formation.
Cleansing and detoxification: Sweating more during summer can lead to scalp buildup and oily hair. Regularly cleanse your hair with a gentle clarifying shampoo to remove excess oils, sweat, and product residue. However, avoid over-washing, as it can strip the hair of its natural oils. A simple at home vinegar or lemon rinse can help reset hair and clarify the scalp.
- Protection from chlorine and saltwater: If you plan to swim in pools or the ocean, protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine and saltwater. Wet your hair with clean water before swimming to reduce its absorption of these chemicals. Additionally, wearing a swimming cap or applying a protective leave-in conditioner can help minimize damage.
- Gentle styling: Excessive use of heated styling tools, such as curling irons or straighteners, can cause additional damage to your hair during summer. Embrace natural hairstyles or opt for heatless styling methods, such as braids or buns, to minimize heat damage.
- Regular trims: Sun exposure, saltwater, and chlorine can make the hair more prone to split ends and breakage. Regular trims, every 6-8 weeks, help prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and maintain healthy-looking hair.
Remember, every individual's hair is unique, so it's important to adapt these needs to your hair type and specific concerns. If you would like our suggestions for your specific hair type make sure to check out our Hair Care Advisor to help select the natural solid hair care we offer.