The good news is summer is just around the corner. The bad news is summer is just around the corner.
With those steamy months of high humidity fast approaching, it’s time to switch up your haircare. Heat, chlorine, saltwater, UV rays and heat styling are as likely to cause structure damage, split ends and dryness as the effects of winter.
I’m not suggesting you skip the pool party, but prepare for it by using products packed with ingredients that will restore, and maintain moisture and balance, so your hair stays silky and shiny, no matter what summer activity you find yourself doing.
Straight, curly, thick or fine – no matter what your hair type is, get your summer hair strategy started. Don’t wait for the scorching sun to take its toll.
Sashay into summer with a fresh cut that’s wash-and-wearable. Warm weather is all about easy, breezy, low-maintenance looks that work for any occasion. You will need to get rid of winter stragglers, so cut off those damaged ends ASAP.
Adapt Your Styling Approach
Don’t over complicate things this season. The best kind of warm weather hair is soft, disheveled and lived-in. It’s hair that you can roll out of bed with and head straight to the beach. These breezy styles are synonymous with summer, and you don’t get them by spending too much time over-styling your hair. Stick to updos, braids and beach-babe waves, and avoid overusing your heat tools. It’s too hot and humid for those, anyway. Don’t forget to use a beach spray, sea salt spray or texture spray to capture that fresh off the beach look.
Up Your Shine
Prepare your hair for the onslaught of overexposure to UV rays with the help of shine-enhancing products. Bonus points if you use them before you head out into the sunshine. My recommendations are hydrating or silkening shampoos and conditioners, leave-in conditioners and a light leave-in elixir for added shine.
Got three minutes to spare? That’s all you need to treat your hair and make a huge difference. Apply a nourishing mask for more hydrated, stronger hair, restored color and a hydrated scalp. That’s a pretty big payoff for such a small effort. For the best results, treat yourself to this once a week and make it a regular beauty ritual.
All that sun might be great for your state of mind, but you need to do some prep work to ensure your strands stay healthy and hydrated in the summer heat.
By Tim Timmons, contributing writer and owner of Salon Gloss and Spa in Woodstock, Ga.