There’s no denying the fact that our favorite season of the year is pretty hard on the hair.
Between pool days, ocean water, sand, and sun, summer can seriously stress out your strands. Chlorine and salt water can cause build up, dryness, and exacerbate damage. And, too much sun can fade your shade and burn your scalp. And don’t even get us started on the frizz – whether you live in a dry climate or a humid one, summer flyaways are always a thing.
That’s why we put together the ultimate guide to summer hair protection. Fight the elements with the below six steps.
Step 1: Sun Protection
Sun protection is a summer must. And yes that means adding spf to your haircare routine. The beauty market is absolutely brimming with sunscreens for your scalp skin. From Sun Bum’s spf scalp spray to Supergoop’s beloved mineral part powder, you can protect the sensitive skin around your hairline and part with a powerful product.
Step 2: Rinse
A pre-pool and pre-ocean rinse is a must. Allowing your hair to soak up a little water (and, if you want, a little deep conditioner) stops the cuticle from absorbing so much chlorine, salt, and other debris. So definitely plump up those strands before hitting a sunny day on the shore.
Step 3: Style
Braids or buns – take your pick! Keep your strands snarl-free with a tightly-wrapped updo. Avoiding wind and waves will protect your mane from summer damage.
Step 4: Clarifying Shampoo
Remember all of that salt and chlorine we were talking about earlier? Yeah, you’re going to want to get rid of that. A scalp scrub or a clarifying shampoo, like Virtue’s famed Purifying Shampoo, is just the thing to remove impurities, mineral residue, and environmental build up post-pool.
Step 5: Deep Condition
The elements can definitely dry out your strands, so a deep conditioner is a must after a long day outdoors. Especially if you have color-treated hair. Seal in a little extra moisture with a leave-in cream or a hydrating mask, like Olaplex’s new No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, after having your summer fun. For strands that look as soft as they feel.
Step 6: Airdry
You should NOT hit your hair with a hotstyling tool after swimming and sunning. Treat your strands to a heatless airdry to avoid further styling-imposed damage.