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Summer is a season filled with sunshine, beach trips, and outdoor adventures. However, while we enjoy the warmer weather, our hair often faces a host of challenges. From frizz to sun damage, summer can wreak havoc on our locks. But fear not! Today, we’re going to explore five common summer hair concerns and provide you with effective solutions to keep your hair looking fabulous all season long.
The humidity that accompanies the summer months can lead to frizzy hair nightmares. To combat this, start by using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner, such as Nine Yards Moisture Duo to keep your hair hydrated. After washing, gently towel-dry your hair and apply a frizz-control serum or oil, focusing on the ends. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair instead of a brush, as brushes can cause more frizz. Opt for hairstyles that embrace your natural texture, such as loose braids or messy buns. And for an extra defence against frizz, use a lightweight hairspray or anti-frizz spray, like GHD Straight and Smooth Spray, to set your style.
Just like our skin, our hair is susceptible to sun damage. UV rays can cause dryness, discoloration, and brittleness. Shield your hair from the sun by wearing a hat or scarf when you’re outside for extended periods. Additionally, invest in a leave-in conditioner with UV protection to nourish and safeguard your strands. Deep-conditioning treatments once a week can also help repair any damage caused by the sun. If you notice your hair colour fading, use colour-protecting products specifically formulated to maintain vibrancy and prevent fading, such as L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Vitamino Colour Radiance Masque.
Chlorine and Saltwater Effects
Frequent dips in the pool or the ocean can take a toll on your hair. Chlorine and saltwater can strip away natural oils, leaving your hair feeling dry and brittle. Before swimming, wet your hair with clean water to minimise its absorption of chlorine or salt. Afterward, rinse your hair thoroughly with fresh water to remove any residual chemicals. Use Olaplex No.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo once a week to eliminate buildup and restore balance. To replenish moisture, apply a deep-conditioning mask or treatment such as Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner regularly. You should also consider wearing a swimming cap to provide an extra layer of protection if you’re an avid swimmer.
The combination of sweat, heat, and excess oil production can leave your scalp feeling greasy and your hair looking limp during summer. Combat this issue by washing your hair every other day with a clarifying shampoo to remove excess oil and sweat. Avoid using heavy conditioners or styling products near the roots, as they can weigh down your hair. Dry shampoo is your best friend when it comes to combating greasy roots on the days you skip washing. It helps absorb excess oil, giving your hair a fresh and voluminous appearance. We recommend Olaplex No.4D Clean Volume Detox Shampoo, which is a vegan and cruelty free dry shampoo from Olaplex. It’s been formulated with an innovative, scalp detoxing formula to dry cleanse and absorb oil without buildup, dryness or dullness.
Heat Styling Damage
With the rise in temperature, it’s tempting to use heat styling tools to tame frizz or create sleek hairstyles. However, excessive heat can lead to dryness, breakage, and split ends. Embrace heat-free hairstyles whenever possible, such as natural waves or updos. When you do use heat styling tools, always apply a heat protectant spray or serum beforehand to shield your hair from damage, like GHD Bodyguard-Heat Protect Spray. Lower the heat setting on your tools and limit usage to a few times a week. Regular trims every six to eight weeks will also help prevent split ends and maintain healthy-looking hair.