As exciting as summer sounds right about now (cue overcast weather and gloomy skies), your hair might not feel the same way once the intense heat begins to burn your locks. Overexposure to the sun, environmental damage, not to mention intense humidity, can wreak havoc on your hair. Additionally, if you plan on spending a great deal of your summer swimming laps while taking in the sun, then you are going to have to take even further measures to prevent chlorinated water from seeping into your strands and fading your hair color. Feeling overwhelmed? Don't fret, just follow the simple steps below and you and your mane will be ready to embrace the summer heat.
Moisturize Your Hair
Deep conditioners are great products to apply before sun exposure. A good choice is Alterna Summer Hair Sun Recover Spray $20, a dual-phase leave in conditioner that will instantly revitalize sun-parched hair by infusing moisture and enhancing shine. Apply to toweled hair 2-3 times a week, depending on your sun exposure for healthier looking hair that remains protected, hydrated, and shiny all summer long. This sun recovery spray also features Color Hold technology to protect hair from color fade caused by UVA/UVB and visible light rays, extending the life of your hair color and protecting it from future damage.
SPF Your Locks
And you thought SPF was just for your face. In addition to conditioning your strands during the summer, be sure to use a product with SPF to protect your hair from sun damage. The best way to go about this is to apply an aerosol sunscreen on your hair before going out. Look for hair styling products such as hair sprays that contain UVA/UVB sunscreen to help shield your locks from sun exposure. My personal favorite includes Freeze It Original Freeze Hair Spray Aerosol 24 Hour Hold which features UV protection to keep your locks sunburn free. Additionally, this non-sticky, fast drying hair spray provides super hold and control while resisting humidity — and at just $3, how can you say no?
Pre-Condition to Prevent Pool Damage
It's a known fact that the chemicals in chlorine are really bad for hair, especially if you color, highlight, or perm your locks. In order to prevent damage, apply leave-in deep conditioner all over your head before you go swimming. The conditioner will create a barrier so that the chlorine can't penetrate your hair. Additionally, the conditioner will leave your hair super soft all day long. Try Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-in Conditioning Cream 2.99.
After you swim, use a shampoo designed to remove chlorine and sea salt from your hair. Matrix Biolage Sunsorials After-Sun Shampoo $13.30 helps mend hair exposed to the harmful effects of the sun, chlorine, and sea water. It also leaves hair super soft, shiny, and tangle free. Made with UV filters and antioxidant protection, this shampoo will moisturize and gloss your hair, all while leaving a delicious citrus smell.