Pro Solutions to 8 Summer Hair Issues
Summer is here, and it's our favorite time of the year! Summer means family vacations, cookouts, pool time and relief from cold weather.
But even though the warm, sunny days of summer are a welcome reprieve, the impact of summer heat and humidity is a different story! To keep your hair healthy and vibrant all summer long, it's important to tweak your hair-care routine for summer. Just a few changes will have a huge impact on your hair's health this season!
We put together our definitive list of summer hair issues and exactly how you can prevent them. Read on to learn more about how to kick summer frizz, flat hair, dryness and more to the curb for a summer of gorgeous, healthy hair!
Summer Hair Concern #1: Frizz
Solution: Use frizz-taming products to smooth flyaways and prevent humidity from weakening hydrogen bonds on your hair shaft, which triggers rough, frizzy hair.
Frizz is a year-round concern for many of us, but the issue really amps up in the summertime when the warmer air holds moisture more readily. More moisture in the air means more summer frizz and unruly tresses.
For the best summer frizz control, all hair types will benefit from a taming spray like our No Remorse Heat Protection & Taming Spray. If summer frizz has you dealing with unmanageable, lackluster curls, try a curl-specific product like License to Curl: Curl Revival Boost Spray for up to 24 hours of curl definition and frizz control, even in the most unforgiving summer humidity!
Summer Hair Concern #2: Limp Locks and Flatness
Solution: To banish limp, flat hair this summer, reach for a volumizing hair thickener and a quality shampoo and conditioner that are designed to boost fullness. Together, these three products make up the dream hair-care routine for summer to fight back against heat, sweat and humidity-induced flat hair!
"A good, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner for your hair type is a must!" stresses Emily Kirk, stylist and owner of Salon Shenanigans in St. Louis, Missouri. "Look for products without added waxes or other unnecessary fillers that can weigh hair down even more."
For a gentle cleanse that boosts your hair’s volume and fullness, pair our Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo with our Wake Up Call Volumizing Conditioner to nourish and hydrate limp, flat locks with natural ingredients like bamboo, sage and hops for smoother-, thicker-looking strands. Finish with Lift Me Up Hair Thickener spray to lift hair instantly at the roots and enjoy thicker-looking hair all day, no matter the humidity!
Summer Hair Concern #3: Color Fade
Solution: Extend the time between wash days and use a heat protectant to shield your salon-fresh color from the sun's harmful UV rays.
We know that the sun's UV rays can damage our skin and the proteins that make up our hair, but it's hard to stay out of the sun during the summer on beautiful, warm days! To prevent damage and color fade, wash your hair every other day at most, and remember to wear a protective covering like a beach hat or ball cap for outdoor activities.
For added protection, prevent color fade by using a heat-protecting spray like No Remorse Heat Protection & Taming Spray to smooth frizz and shield tresses from heat, humidity and hot styling tools up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit!
Summer Hair Concern #4: Greasy Hair & Scalp
Solution: Deep clean the scalp with an activated charcoal treatment and try rinsing your hair and scalp with lukewarm water between shampoos.
Extra sweat is a top culprit behind our summer hair issues, and it can feel like having greasy hair in the summer is unavoidable. Whether it's because we've moved our workouts outdoors or because we're dealing with hot flashes due to menopause, sweating more can take a toll on our hair and scalp.
But you can avoid having greasy hair in the summer!
Before your next shampoo, make sure you're starting with a clean scalp, free of sweat, product buildup and dead skin cells by using an activated charcoal cleanser to gently wash away debris and extra oils on your scalp. We love our New Dawn Activated Charcoal Scalp Cleanser as part of our hair-care routine for summer for an invigorating option that deep cleans, detoxifies and rebalances dry, itchy scalps for healthier-looking hair!
Summer Hair Concern #5: Sweaty Bangs
Solution: Rock a stylish curtain bang and pick up some blotting papers!
Nothing makes us second-guess our choice to get a cute haircut with bangs than having sweaty bangs sticking to our forehead all summer! The reason we love curtain bangs for summer is that they part in the middle and sweep to the side to frame the face, making them super versatile. This style also keeps your hair off your forehead and away from sweaty skin without resorting to pinning back your bangs. Add some blotting papers for a quick face refresh, and your bangs should stay sweat-free and face-framing all summer long!
Summer Hair Concern #6: Dryness, Brittleness and Split Ends
Solution: Ask your stylist for a micro-trim and apply a deep-conditioning hair mask to seal in hydration.
The lazy days of summer bring a host of environmental stressors for our hair: saltwater, chlorine, heat and the sun. If we don't tweak our hair-care routine for summer, these stressors can cause major hair issues like dry, brittle locks and split ends.
The fight to prevent these common summer hair issues starts in the salon. Ask your stylist for a micro-trim to get rid of any split ends before they begin to travel up the hair shaft. Then use a deep-conditioning treatment on your hair 1 to 2 times per week to lock in moisture. We love our Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque because it's packed with our proprietary plant-based butter blend to moisturize, repair and strengthen dehydrated locks, while also providing summer frizz control!
Summer Hair Concern #7: Sunburned Scalp
Solution: Wear a wide-brimmed hat, and don't forget to apply sunscreen to the delicate skin on your temples, at your hairline and on the part in your hair!
When it comes to protecting yourself from sunburn and sun damage, nothing beats double coverage! Use a broad-spectrum, high SPF sunscreen all over your body, and pay special attention to exposed, delicate areas of skin that are often neglected: ears, temples, hairline and the part in your hair. And whether you're at the lake, in your garden or at a ball game, wear a hat for extra protection for your hair, skin and eyes. Trust us, they'll thank you!
Summer Hair Concern #8: Green-Tinged Tresses
Solution: Apply a deep-conditioning hair mask and wet hair thoroughly before entering the water.
As anyone with light-colored hair can tell you, spending time in chlorinated water can leave you with green-tinted hair. The green comes from the copper and chlorine in the water bonding together and creating a film that leaves a green hue on blonde and silver locks.
You can wear a swim cap so the chlorinated pool water won’t touch your hair at all, but if you'd rather feel the cool water, there are two steps you can take to prevent a greenish tint in your hair.
First, apply a deep conditioning mask like Hair Redemption or our Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque, which has the added benefit of D&C Violet 2 to offset yellow tones and banish brassiness in lighter hair colors. After applying your butter hair mask, rinse hair thoroughly. Conditioning and rinsing your hair before pool time allows your hair to soak up the conditioning treatment and clean water, leaving less room for pool water to seep in and cause a greenish hue!
Tell Us: What's your must-have product in your hair-care routine for summer? Share your tips and tricks for summer frizz control in the comments below!
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Better Not Younger knows that summer weather can be hard on our hair! That's why we formulated our entire line of products to address the unique concerns of mature tresses, including hair color fade, dryness and dullness. Whether you're searching for the best shampoo and conditioner for aging, color-treated hair or a deep conditioning treatment to prevent dry, brittle hair after a day at the pool, let us help you find the right products for your mature hair's unique needs!