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Summer is full of beach fun and Italian ices, but unfortunately it could also wreak havoc on your precious locks! With the harmful effects of the hot, penetrating sun and damaging pool/ocean water, it can lead to your hair becoming drier and frizzier than previous months.
Stop worrying about having lifeless hair and focus on staying glamorous with seven life-changing tips that I use to keep my hair looking fresh and moisturized during the summer (you’re sleeping if you haven’t tried any of these yet…wake up)!
Let Your Natural Hair Rock!
Every girl likes a nice, sleek look every once in a while, but during the hotter months let’s try to be a little nicer to our hair. It has been proven that when you use less heat on your hair, it aids in maintaining your natural curls, reducing damage caused by heat styling, and retaining moisture (and length).
Less heat = stronger + healthier + more lustrous hair!!
So, do you want your hair to be straight and flat with raggedy split ends or do you want your hair natural (whether that’s curly or wavy for you) full of life, bounce, and silkiness? (Easy decision here, girlfriend).
Deep Conditioner = Your Holy Grail
I know I’m guilty of this just as much as the next person but you just gotta discipline yourself, sis!
Deep conditioning prevents damage (such as breakage from overstyling), repairs damage, and adds that much needed moisture that your hair desperately needs. It will transform dry, brittle hair into soft and silky smooth.
After thoroughly shampooing and conditioning, apply a deep conditioner and leave on your hair for at least 30 minutes under a plastic cap (super easy to get from your nearest dollar store or use a plastic bag for added convenience).
A lot of deep conditioners say 10-15 minutes but, in my opinion, deep conditioners provide the most benefits when left to penetrate the hair shaft for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
If you’re looking for some great deep conditioners, I’ve used this deep conditioner previously and it really might be the best in my opinion. It smells really good (like a fresh, clean scent), will have your hair feeling super soft, and the best thing about it is that it also has added protein benefits which your hair needs to stay strong and resilient!
Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
First and foremost, you need to have a BOMB moisturizing shampoo and conditioner in your hair care arsenal (time to load up, sis). Deep conditioning is really good but using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is a HUGE added plus!!
**Bonus Tip: Washing your hair often (I would say 3-5x per week) is no bueno. Try washing your hair less during the summer because constant shampooing strips your hair of its natural oils which can be drying or even lead to an overproduction of oils (aka greasy hair with extra grease)!
If you wash your hair every day, for example, try washing your hair every 2 days or once a week. Your hair will feel and look much healthier, trust me, girl!
Scarves, Sun Hats & Sunscreen
It’s summer so normally you want to take your clothes off, not add more layers but when it comes to your hair…sometimes you should actually cover it up by any means necessary (exaggerating but you get the importance, right?).
I, especially, love a cute scarf or two (or three lol) so make use of your favorite summer scarves, baseball caps, and sun hats! These simple accessories will help protect your hair from the unforgiving sun.
If you don’t want to mess up your look by adding a hat then try putting a bit of sunscreen on your hands and smoothing over your hair (a little goes a long way, don’t want you out here looking like a little greaseball).
Invest in a Good Leave-In and “Sealing” Oil
Whether your hair is on the straighter side or more kinky-coily, you still need to invest in a great, moisturizing leave-in conditioner and a “sealing” oil. A sealing oil is essentially an oil used to “seal” the moisture in your hair so your hair is less dry.
You would only use a sealing oil after moisturizing your hair with a leave-in conditioner (preferably, or you can use another moisturizing cream). Once you finish applying your leave-in conditioner, finish it off with a sealing oil such as, olive oil or jojoba oil, and continue styling your hair as per usual.
Your hair will feel 10x more moisturized and healthy!
Don’t Be Scared of a Good Trim
This honestly may be the most important tip of them all because of how we oh so desperately try to keep as much of our hair on our heads as possible. And I do mean desperate (shout out to using raw eggs as a conditioner for stronger hair lol cheap and it works!).
But keeping dead, split ends is not good for retaining length. Actually, choosing not to cut your split ends can lead to minor split ends splitting up the hair shaft (becoming major issues). Your hair will be harder to detangle resulting in more knots, more breakage, and overall…DRY, DUSTY HAIR!!!
Just start the summer off right with a fresh cut, trim, or dusting and enjoy your healthy mane (it’ll grow back, I promise lol).
Start From the Inside Out
Although you may be doing everything you can on the outside to protect your hair and keep it healthy, that’s really only half of the process. The other half to more beautiful, lustrous summer hair involves nourishing your hair from the inside out. This starts with what you put into your body!
The foods we consume play an instrumental part in how we feel, the health of our skin, and the health of our hair. Make sure your consuming enough proteins and vegetables in your diet as well as drinking LOADS and LOADS of water!!! ? Literally, don’t drink anything else.
Buy a big jug like this one (they come in basically every color and motivates you to keep drinking), for example, so you can consciously drink water throughout the day, you know how much water your drinking, and your hair will LOVE you for it!!
Do you change anything in your hair care routine to maintain your hair during the hotter months? If you’ve tried any of these tips, did you notice a difference in your hair after?
I’d love to hear your thoughts, let me know in the comments below :)!