Summer brings with it delightful happiness. For many of us, that means shimmering beaches, golden tans, bleached hair, dreamy fashionwear, swimming pools, and soaking up the sun. Of course, that also means your hair’s going to be dry, brittle, and faded by fall if you don’t take care of it over the next few months. Don’t let summer wreak havoc with your hair. Use our 12 tips to keep it healthy!

I. Why Our Hair Gets So Damaged During The Season?

 Summertime is all about spending care-free days outdoors enjoying the warm weather. But with that come a whole host of elements that can wreak havoc on your hair. Chlorine, sunshine, salt water, dry air, and humidity can be a damaging combination, oftentimes causing excessive breakage and more.

Hair Damaged During Summer

1. The Harsh UV Rays

 One of the biggest problems is that we expose our hair to more of the sun’s harmful UV rays by spending more time outdoors. We usually associate those rays with sunburn, but they also dry out our hair, especially if we’ve had it chemically treated. Styling appliances, which many of us regularly use throughout the summer (think of all those parties and social events), also damage our hair. The sun’s harmful rays intensify that damage.

2. Chlorine & Salt Water

 The chlorine in swimming pools and the high salt content of seawater also damage hair. Chlorine is used to kill bacteria in pools, but it also has harsh chemicals that can wreak havoc on your hair. In addition to dehydrating hair, chlorinated water, and seawater cause the cuticle of the hair’s outer layer to swell, which causes damage. Allowing your wet hair to dry in the sun repeatedly through the season adds to the damage.

 Does this mean you need to stay indoors and forget about all that summer fun if you want to keep your hair in fabulous condition? Not with our summer beauty tips for healthy hair, it doesn’t. Without further ado, let’s find out what to do.

II. 12 Summer Tips For Healthy Hair During Summer

1. Cover Up with The Scarf or Hat

 This might sound more like a fashion tip than a hair care tip, but you’ll be doing your hair a favor. Wear a cute hat, a beautiful scarf, or even a headband to protect your hair from being damaged by exposure to direct sunlight. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp retain moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects color-treated hair. If you can’t face the thought of covering your hair, apply a good amount of conditioner to your hair before going outdoors. Leave the conditioner in to help rehydrate and nourish your hair.

2. Stay Away from Heated Hair Tools

 Heated hair tools such as straighteners are a no-no during summer. Avoid flat irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Your hair already has enough sun damage and humidity to deal with, so embrace your natural texture or find gentler ways to style your hair.  A sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more.

 The same goes for that trusty blow-dryer. Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. As mentioned above, your hair is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go out natural if you can.

3. Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day

 Your scalp produces a natural oil for a reason and washing your hair daily strips away that natural oil, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Stick to washing your hair twice a week during summer.

 Hair oils, known as sebum, help keep your scalp and hair healthy, moisturized and protected. Sebum forms a barrier on your scalp’s surface to protect it against oxidative damage and the elements, and it travels down the hair shaft for further protection. The barrier created by sebum also helps keep many disease-causing microbes out of your scalp and hair. By leaving your natural sebum to do its thing, your hair will look more moisturized than if you dry it out by washing it every day.

4. Wash Your Hair with Cold Water

 Use cold water when you wash your hair during summer. As wonderfully relaxing as a hot shower can be, hot water can strip away your hair’s natural oils, weakening it in all sorts of ways. Wash your hair with cold water to seal in the moisture that will help keep it in good condition.

5. Choose Comfortable, Loose Hairstyles

 Avoid tight hairstyles during summer, as they can pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry. Choose a comfortable, loose style such as a messy braid. A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. This will keep your hair under control while not pulling it, and the style will help minimize how much of your hair is exposed to direct sunlight. You can refer to this article for references to 10 cool-beaches hairstyles to try this summer.

6. Use a Weekly Hair Mask

 Apply a hair mask once a week to nourish your hair. If your hair is thick and very dry, you might need to use a mask twice a week.

 An array of good-quality commercial hair masks is available, but you can make your own at home by crushing avocados and adding enough organic olive oil to make a paste. Avocado is rich in fatty acids, and vitamin E, which help nourish and promote hair growth. Besides it, coconut oil, eggs, olive oil, and honey are just a few of the ingredients that we recommend using. So, don’t be afraid to mix these ingredients to create your own hair-nourishing hair mask!  Wash your hair as usual and work the avo-olive oil mask mix through your hair using your fingers. Wash your hair with shampoo (and conditioner, if required) again after leaving the mask on for an hour.

7. Protect Your Hair When Swimming

 Is the ocean or the pool screaming your name? Make sure your hair’s protected before you go swimming. Use a sunscreen developed for hair, a nourishing oil or spray with SPF, or simply run your fingers through your hair after applying sunscreen to your body. While vitamin D is good for your hair, prolonged sun exposure can do more harm than good.

 You can also go all-in and wear a swimming cap. This keeps out the sun’s UV rays and prevents your hair from getting wet, which means little to no damage from chlorine or seawater.

8. Use a Wide-Toothed Comb for Wet Hair

 Forget about using a hairbrush or fine-toothed comb on wet hair, as they’re likely to snag, pull, tear, and break hair strands. Your hair is more susceptible to breaking when wet, so use a wide-toothed comb instead. Wide-tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair, as brushes can pull and tear when they snag strands.

9. Choose Products to Hydrate Your Hair

 Choose hair products enriched with almond oil, argan oil, avocado, and other natural ingredients that offer intense hydration for your hair. Shampoo hair as usual then works in oil from ends to roots. Rinse, then condition as usual. This will help protect your hair from dryness and keep it glossy, nourished, and soft. Your hair should feel moisturized afterward, but not greasy.

10. Think Twice About Coloring Your Hair

 Hair dye and summer aren’t the best combinations, especially if you’re a little too relaxed when it comes to aftercare for your dyed hair. If you don’t take extra precautions such as covering up outdoors, using moisturizing and nourishing treatments, and products with SPF, your hair will dry out even more than usual.

 Choose the healthiest dyes (opt for those that are ammonia-free) and after-care products for dyed hair, and make sure you get rid of any split ends.

11. Protect Your Hair From Germs With Hair Mist

 A long shower is something we all love doing in summer. However, washing your hair frequently will rip your hair from natural oils. Hair mist is the fastest and easiest way to instantly get rid of grim. It uses potent essential oils that fight germs to keep hair protected and fresh and works well for a non-hair wash day. Another effective way is using dry shampoo. Rather than washing every day during the summer, try a dry shampoo that allows you to skip a wash or two.

12. Tackle The Frizz

 When heat and humidity are at an all-time high, there’s no stopping the frizz. The best way to fight frizz is to use a conditioner to coat the hair so that it doesn’t absorb moisture from outside.

Top 5 Best Oil Treatment

 Apart from conditioning, you can also try an at-home hair treatment. Hot Oil Treatment is one of the traditional hair care practices that was initially acquired from hairdressers. The treatment helps to rejuvenate and revitalize the damage caused by harsh hair treatments like blow drying, hair coloring, and straightening.

 So by all means, go out and enjoy yourself this summer. But now you know how to beat the heat and keep your hair looking healthy by following these ten summer beauty tips for healthy hair, you’ll keep your tresses looking good all season.

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