9 Tricks to Save Your Hair from Summer
Because fading, breaking and bleaching are not pretty
We’re so into our skin-care and makeup routine, sometimes we forget to take care of our crowning glory. Which--during the active summer season of hillside hikes, beach going and pool swimming--means we’re risking serious hair damage, from breakage to ruined expensive color.
Check out these little tricks (and products) right away, so you can keep your hair looking its best.
Before you get into a pool, wet your hair so that your cuticles can soak up non-chlorinated water instead of the harsh, chemically-treated pool water.
Don’t pull fragile wet hair into a tight ponytail or bun or you’ll risk breakage. Just go through it with a wide-toothed comb and loosely braid it or let it flow free.
Porous, color-treated hair can get especially dried out after sun and salt-water exposure. Protect it by applying a leave-in conditioner to wet hair. If you have fine locks, brush in Miracle Leave-In Lite ($36); if your hair is thicker or has a tendency to frizz, opt for Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner ($29).
HAIR NEEDS SPF, TOO
UV filters are the ’80s styling mousse of hair care today. Run a handful of SachaJuan Hair in the Sun balm ($32) through short hair before you go out in the sun (it doubles as a styling gel). Or for an SPF that’ll make your hair glossy and citrus scented, mist Frederic Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist ($20) generously through your hair.
Notice your brown hair turning brassy? Mix a tablespoon of Joico Color-Balance Blue Shampoo ($16) into your usual shampoo to tone down the warmth without getting too ashy. For blondes who notice a greenish tinge (thanks, chlorine), mix a tablespoon of baking soda into shampoo.
PROTECT YOUR SCALP
The combination of dry, air-conditioned air and environmental stresses makes for an irritated scalp. Rub protein- and essential oil-rich Cake Anti-aging Growth Serum ($72) into your scalp before drying to soothe the delicate skin and stimulate hair growth.
MASK THE PROBLEM
After a day in the water and sun, reintroduce moisture into the hair shaft with a post-washing mask. Apply coconut oil or Davines’ Minu Hair Mask ($32) to hair, then cover your head in plastic wrap or a shower cap for 15 minutes. After you rinse, your locks will feel super-soft.
FAKE SURFER HAIR
It’s counterintuitive, but the best way to get sexy, beachy waves is to steer clear of the sand and instead use a surf-and-sand spray such as the shine-inducing Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($39) or the thickening and texturizing R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray ($25).
EMBRACE THE CRUSHABLE HAT
Protect hair and skin with a stylish wide-brim hat that can be rolled up and stashed inside your carryall. The Lola First Aid ($215) is made of basket-woven raffia, and its ribbon can be tied to fit your head perfectly (watch the video).