Summer is a time of laid-back days and hot party nights. It’s about swimming in the pool, lying out in the sun and hanging out on the beach with friends. But no matter how fun these activities are, they can be taxing on hair. Salt water, chlorine, humidity and baking in the sun can leave hair dry, frizzy and brittle. Definitely not a good look. We pumped celebrity hair for tips on how to sun-proof and protect hair during the blazing hot summer months.
Switch up Your Part
Nothing is worse than a sunburned scalp. By switching up your part as often as you can, you’ll minimize your risk by ensuring that one section isn’t overexposed to the sun’s powerful rays.
Protect Your Color
Sun exposure fades hair color while swimming in chlorinated and salt water not only leaves mineral deposits, but can cast blondes with a greenish tinge. Before swimming, coat strands with hair products infused with complete color and UV protection to help combat the damaging effects of the sun, pool and ocean.
Deep Condition Often
During the summer months, step up your deep conditioning hair routine. Deep conditioners strengthen and moisturize your hair, helping repair split ends and keeping your hair frizz-free all summer long. Use a deep-conditioning mask, like the René Furterer Absolue Kératine Ultimate Renewal Mask, for 10 to 15 minutes before shampooing. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t get any breakage when you comb out your hair. After deep conditioning, use a shampoo and a regular conditioner as needed and directed.
Wet Your Hair Beforehand
Before swimming in chlorinated or salt water, saturate your hair with clean, non-chlorinated water first. Your follicles will soak up this water rather than the damaging chlorine or salt-filled water.
Cover It Up
Tie your hair up in a scarf. It’s a chic way to protect your hair from overexposure from the sun’s harsh rays and to prevent frying your scalp. Plus, it’s perfect for minimizing tangles and knots on super windy days. Hats are another fashionable option.
Make like a Synchronized Swimmer
Channel your inner Esther Williams and don a swim cap to limit your hair’s exposure to chlorine.