While we’re blessed with an abundance of sun this time of year, it also means we have to deal with a slew of warm-weather hair problems. From flat, limp tresses to chlorine-damaged locks and humidity frizzies, it’s common to have to put up an extra fight to tame your mane. We’re here to help, though. Read on to learn about seven beauty product cocktails that’ll solve the most common problems you might be facing. Your strands will drink these concoctions right up!
Frizz and Humidity
Humid weather can wreak total havoc on our strands, showing itself in the form of frizz and unwanted poofiness. “Start by controlling your frizz in the shower with a shampoo that calms and hydrates,” says David Yepremian, stylist and owner of San Francisco-based salon Wednesdae. “Following it up with a cream that actively blocks humidity while conditioning the hair is key.”
Split ends run rampant in the summer because of natural exposure to the elements and constant brushing (those saltwater tangles are the worst). “Long hours in the sun, swimming, and daily styling can contribute to dry and brittle, weakened ends,” says Danielle Allyson, a hairstylist at New York City-based Butterfly Studio Salon. Creating a barrier is key to preserve the health of your ‘do. “Your hair needs strength and moisture to seal the hair cuticle and create a protective bond, so using a thermal protectant with a replenishing leave-in product is essential for maintaining your hair’s integrity,” she says.
Weak and Prone to Breakage
Since we’re constantly throwing our tresses into a ponytail or bun to keep cool, our strands can easily break and/or be extra weak. Bringing back strength and vitality into your hair should be a priority. “A serum that will help to rebuild the structure of your hair and prevent future damage is everything,” Yepremian says. “Finish the repair process by using a super rich mask with natural oils at least once a week when your hair is thirstiest.”
Flat and Limp
Hair that lacks volume and falls flat can downgrade even the chicest OOTD. Get that bounce back by using light-as-air products that won’t weigh it down.“Weather and climate can often take the blame for lifeless hair, but it can also be due to over-styling, improper haircare, or even an overdue haircut,” Allyson explains. Turn to plumping products before and after styling to lift your locks. “You’ll need a volumizing, thickening priming mousse to apply to wet hair before blow drying. A shot of texturizing spray after heat styling will add body and amplify the hair,” she instructs.
Lackluster and Faded
Laying out in the sun and swimming in the surf can make a hot hue fade quicker than usual. Protect that dye with products that are formulated to keep your shade looking bright and not brassy. “It is crucial to use a color-safe shampoo if you want to keep your color looking vibrant, but also keep in mind that you shouldn’t be washing every day,” says Yepremian. “Look for a product to use post-shampoo that will shield your colored hair from fading, and will help it look its best in the process. Don’t forget about UVA and UVB protection too.”
Greasy and Sweaty
It happens — it is the summer, after all. Get your scalp free of gunk and smelling fresh with a double-duty spray and fragrance that’ll make your strands smell so fresh you’ll want to sniff them. Maybe.“Our scalp and hair go through phases and stages of change, just like the seasons. A dry, texturizing spray will help soak up excess oil while revitalizing your style, building body, and enhancing definition,” Allyson explains. “A hair perfume will neutralize odor and is the best product to carry with you in your bag when your hair needs a pick-me-up.”
Chlorine and Salt water-Damaged
Whether we’re diving into a pool filled with chlorine or frolicking in the ocean, our scalps and roots get a ton of build-up from the water in the summer. It’s important to thoroughly cleanse and de-gunk when your tresses start to feel gritty. “I love using an apple cider vinegar-based cleanser when I feel a coating of build-up on my clients’ hair, because it’s gentle but effective,” explains Yepremian. “A deeply nourishing conditioner is important to use after, because it restores your hair’s moisture levels and brings back that soft, smooth feel.”
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