During the warm summer months, there are a lot of things we neglect to do. Household chores, keeping up with laundry, and cleaning out our cars are all things that often get left on the back burner. In fact, a recent survey shows that about 77% of cars are currently in need of maintenance! But one thing that should definitely not get neglected in the summer heat is our hair. The hot, dry air can do some serious damage to our hair — so let’s take a look at a few simple things you can do to keep your hair healthy this summer.
Swimming is one of the best summer activities. After all, what’s a better way to cool off on a hot summer day than to float around in the pool? Or better yet, taking a trip to the beach? But while swimming be refreshing, it can also be damaging to your hair. Chlorine and saltwater can cause your hair to become extremely dry. Furthermore, it can mess up your perfectly colored hair. Dry, damaged hair can break and fall out more easily too. Already about 35 million U.S. men are experiencing hair loss. If you don’t want to join them in losing your hair, make sure you’re using conditioning products before you jump in the water. And after you’re done swimming, try to shampoo and condition your hair as quickly as possible. The longer the chlorine and salt sit in your hair, the more damaged it will become.
As challenging as it may be, it can be extremely beneficial to put down the heat styling tools in the summertime. Yes, you want the perfect curls for your day trip with the girls. But your hair is already dry, so applying direct heat is just going to make it worse. Instead, consider trying out some heatless hairstyles. There are plenty of waves to get your favorite curls and waves without heat — and they’re super easy if you utilize braids and wraps. Or you can try your hand at some cute summer updos! Braids, ponytails, and messy buns can give you that effortless hairstyle that will protect your hair and keep you cool. So as the temperature heats up, make sure you’re putting down the heat tools.
Aside from protecting your hair against chlorine, saltwater, and heat, it’s important to give your hair the nourishment it needs. Using some extra products, like leave-in conditioner, coconut oil, and de-frizz products, can make a huge difference in how healthy your hair is. Make sure you’re paying attention to your hair and keeping it cool in the heat.
So while it may be tempting to go about your normal hair routine, it may be necessary to make some changes in the summer. Giving your hair a little extra TLC and following these few simple tips will have your hair looking and feeling its best, even on those hot, miserable days.