What I'm about to say may be hard to believe, but just trust me on this: summer is coming... eventually. And when it finally, thankfully gets here it'll bring humidity, high temperatures, and the intense, completely understandable urge to spend most of your time outside. While the summer sun gives us golden skin, vitamin D, and a much-needed mood boost, it can also do some serious damage to our hair.
While we would never tell you to be a summer shut-in, we definitely want to arm you with some hair care advice so you can enjoy the warm weather and all the fun activities that come with it! Here are some common issues people experience and how to properly treat them:
Hair color turning brassy (whether it's your natural color or not): The UV rays from the sun can bleach out your hair, and the results are not always good. To protect your color, invest in a product with an SPF. This will not only help keep your color looking great, but also protect your scalp from painful and dangerous sunburns. We also recommend investing in a wide-brim hat. This is the best way to protect your hair (and your face) from harmful UV rays.
Oily scalp: It's no secret you sweat more in the summer. You may notice your face getting a bit greasy thanks to your sebaceous glands, right? Well those glands are on your scalp too, which can make your hair appear oily and dirty. The best solution is to wash your hair regularly. You may even have to shampoo more frequently to combat the dirt. Just be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo to preserve the essential oils that keep your hair healthy all year round.
Frizzy hair: If there's one thing we love to hate about summer in the northeast, it's humidity. That extra moisture in the air makes your hair frizzy. Try using a smoothing crème—these crèmes will flatten out the frizz and prevent the absorption of more moisture, keeping your hair smooth all day.
Chlorine damage: For those of you who love to swim, you know chlorine builds up on your hair, making in feel (and often look) awful! To prevent your hair from absorbing chlorine, wet your hair down before taking a dip. Also try using a leave-in conditioner—if your hair is moisturized, it will be less likely to absorb as much chlorine. And finally, invest in a clarifying shampoo. This will get rid of the build-up in your hair.