It’s way too easy to forget about your hair while you’re busy enjoying sunshine, lazy beach days, and endless outdoor adventures!
The problem is summer is one of the hardest seasons on your hair – from extreme heat and harsh UV rays to high humidity and chlorinated swimming pools.
That means your hair is counting on you to give a little extra love and TLC to make sure it stays soft, strong, and shining – like the sun glittering across the water 🌅
So, peek through this guide for a handful of summer hair-care tips and tricks!
These tips are super effective in protecting and replenishing your hair, and they’re also simple to include in your routine – whether that includes spontaneous beach days with the family, or everyday morning walks in the sunshine!
#1 Shield from sun
Direct UV rays feel heavenly on your skin after a fresh dip in cold water… but that sun will roast your hair if you let it, leaving it dry and brittle, with lackluster color.
The simplest choice you can make to protect your hair from the sun is by using something to physically block out the rays. Grab a big, beautiful sun hat, cute ball cap, or even a funky hair scarf (also great for helping you channel your inner hippie ✌️) to hide your hair from the sun.
If hats aren’t your thing, you can also invest in hair products like shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated with UV protection (such as those containing SPF) to safeguard your precious strands from that glorious, but intense, sunshine!
#2 Rehydrate & seal-in moisture
Love it or hate it, that sweltering summer heat can drink up all the moisture from your hair (thanks, heat), and cause the cuticles to swell (thanks humidity), leaving it feeling both parched and frizzy.
Your first step is to hydrate from within, so grab your water bottle, fill it with ice cubes, water, and a fresh squeeze of lemon! Aim to drink around 8, 8oz cups of water throughout the day.
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Your next step is to look for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, and other ultra-hydrating hair products containing natural oils like argan oil and coconut oil. These natural oils will help to lock in moisture and karate-chop that frizz into control🥋
#3 Combat chlorine damage
Dipping into a cold pool on a hot day is oh-so-refreshing – but if that pool is chlorinated, you’ve got some potential hair problems on your hands. Chlorine is a powerful disinfectant that can strip away your hair’s natural oils, leaving it dull, dry, and very brittle.
The good news is, you can minimize chlorine damage with just a few quick tricks:
- Before you dive into that chlorinated pool, soak your hair with cold, fresh water. Saturating your hair with ‘clean’ water, limits the amount of chlorine your hair will absorb. Cold water also helps close your hair cuticles – blocking chlorinated water out!
- Apply a natural leave-in conditioner like 100% cold-pressed argan oil – aka our Nourish + Repair Serum – to create a barrier between your hair and that chlorinated pool water.
- After swimming, thoroughly rinse your hair with cold, fresh water. While your hair is still damp, work a dime-sized dollop of Nourish + Repair Serum through your hair to seal in that clean moisture! Then, wrap your locks up to gently dry in our Luxury Microfiber Hair Towel
You might also consider wearing a swim cap to add an extra layer of protection against chlorinated pool water.
#4 Skip excess heat styling
If you love using heat tools to style your hair, this one might be a bit tough for you! However, it’s essential to give your hair a break from extreme heat – especially since your hair is already dealing with increased temps throughout the season, which can cause dryness, straw-like texture, and weakness in your hair’s integrity.
Try some heat-free hair styles like natural waves or braids, and try to let your hair air-dry to preserve its integrity and natural texture.
When you do use heat to style your hair, make sure you apply a heat protectant serum or spray beforehand!
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#5 Deep condition with hair masks
Who says summer can’t be spa-season for your hair?
Replenish your hair’s moisture, control frizz, and repair that summertime heat damage through deep-conditioning treatments like at-home hair masks.
You can create your own deep-conditioning hair mask using simple ingredients like avocado, honey, or yogurt, or you can opt for a simpler solution: Nourish + Repair Serum.
Made from liquid gold, aka, 100% cold-pressed argan oil, Nourish + Repair Serum coats each strand with ultra-nourishing omega 6 fatty acids and antioxidants for smooth, shiny, healthy hair.
Apply a deep conditioning hair mask once a week to rejuvenate and revitalize your lovely locks!
#6 Deep clean & nourish your scalp
Summer means more dirt, sand, sweat – all the joys of being in the great (and very hot) outdoors!
All these ‘joys’ can build up on your scalp, causing itchiness, oiliness, and other more irritating scalp conditions like dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis.
The trick here is to treat your scalp right.
That means using a clarifying shampoo or scalp scrub that will help to remove impurities and excess oil from your scalp. Keep in mind you should strike a balance between keeping your scalp clean and avoiding overwashing, as this will strip away your scalp’s natural oils and result in dry, brittle hair.
Another step in caring for your scalp means treating your scalp to regular massages using your fingers, or a Detox Scalp Massager, to help stimulate blood flow and promote a healthy ‘bed’ for new hair growth!
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#7 Wear protective hairstyles
Beyond cute and trendy, protective hair styles shield your hair from environmental damage including UV rays, humidity, and even some pollution.
Try out some loose braids, buns, or other fun updos – just make sure they’re not pulling your hair too tight as this can weaken hair’s integrity and cause breakage.
A favorite style I have right now is to slick my hair down with argan oil, then wear my hair in a loose, low bun. It’s super chic and ultra protective!
#8 Trim split ends
Maintaining healthy, vibrant hair means you need to occasionally refresh your locks.
Booking yourself in for a hair trim every 6 – 8 weeks helps clean up damaged ends, and prevents further damage from split ends.
It also helps prevent breakage, encouraging stronger new hair growth!
#9 Nourish your body
The final tip is the most important. Because healthy hair starts from within, it’s vital you maintain a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Gobble up antioxidant-rich, hair-friendly foods like berries, spinach, nuts, and salmon to nourish your hair follicles and promote growth.
Also consider taking a daily hair vitamin supplement, like HAIRLOVE Growth Complex. Not only is this product all-natural, but it will help to ensure you're getting all the necessary nutrients for healthy, vibrant hair!