Got summer hair problems? Here’s my easy summer hair care routine! Try these tips to get the best hair care in extreme hot weather.
Don’t you just love summer, I sure do. But the thing is, summer can be tough on your hair.
Sure winter comes with its own set of problems like itchiness, dandruff, etc. but the heat and humidity in summer can lead to dryness, frizz, oiliness, and even scalp sunburn.
Which is a pity considering the amount of time we spent outside in the summer seasons.
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I found that with all the lazy beach days, sun tanning sessions, and outdoor fun my hair was looking duller, drier and even greasier at the roots.
So I figured out a hair care regime that helps my hair look good and feel healthy in the heat. Here are some tricks I use to keep hair summer-ready, check it out!
Summer Hair Care Guide
I Cover Hair Using Scarves Or Hats
This might not be that well known but the sun is one of the biggest enemies of your hair.
Yup, according to research, UV radiation can cause dryness by removing hair moisture, cause hair color to fade and also lead to weakening of the protein bonds in your tresses.
So it’s a great idea to cover your hair using a wide brimmed hat or a scarf while going out into the sun. And hey, this has the added benefit of keeping your scalp protected from sunburns and sweat.
I often use this as an opportunity to look my stylish best by incorporating some cute hats or brightly-colored scarves into my ensemble.
Remember you can go wild with the print and design of your hats and scarves just remember to make sure the material is breathable. Or else the sweat and heat will be unbearable. Trust me!
I Also Apply Sunscreen To My Scalp
Having a healthy scalp ensures you have healthy hair. After all the follicles and hair roots are on the scalp and this is where all the growth happens.
So having sunburns on the scalp due to prolonged exposure to the sun can further lead to damaged hair.
The sunburns lead to inflammation, redness, itching and other issues that cause hair follicles to weaken by preventing adequate nutrition from reaching them.
UV radiation might also directly impact your hair follicles according to a study, so just be careful.
This is why covering my hair is not enough, especially if I’m going swimming or doing some physical activity that requires me to take my headdress off.
I always use sunscreen for my scalp while leaving home in the summer. My preferred one is the COOLA Organic Scalp Spray & Hair Sunscreen Mist which has SPF 30.
I like it because as the name suggests it’s a hair mist and can be easily applied to the hard to reach areas of the scalp.
I Use An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Instead Of Shampoo
Your hair can get really dry in the summers. And shampooing often can worsen this problem. But then what’s the alternative? Not shampooing so often? Heck no!
Anyone who’s lived through a California summer will tell you that’s freaking impossible. The dirt, sweat and grime will be unbearable.
So what’s my solution? Well, I create a natural shampoo of sorts using apple cider vinegar and water.
This solution is acidic enough to act as a natural disinfectant and anti-inflammatory agent. The low pH also matches your scalp’s natural pH. So you don’t have to worry about whether it suits you unlike with shampoos.
I use this rinse in between washes instead of using dry shampoos or leaving my greasy hair be. It is super clarifying and I’ve found it also works wonders in smoothening my hair cuticles and removing frizz. So win-win!
The Heat Styling Tools Are Given A Break
Look, I love curling my hair or adding waves to it just like any other person. But your hair goes through so much during summer heat. I think it’s best to give it a break from heat styling tools as well.
Plus, summer’s the time your tresses are always under a hat or scarf or cap. So any perfectly styled hairstyle is bound to get messed up sooner or later.
So I usually try low-maintenance hairstyles like buns or ponytails during the summer which also does the job of keeping the hair away from my face.
I Always Use Conditioners And Use Hair Masks
Yes, moisturizing your hair isn’t limited to the winter months. Your tresses need more hydration in the summer too.
The only difference is that you’ll need hair masks that both hydrate your hair and condition it. So they should add moisture to your strands and prevent it from leaving your hair’s surface.
One of my favorite hair masks for summer use is the Olaplex Bond Intense Moisture Mask. Its base ingredient is water, so it’s really hydrating and penetrates into the hair shaft easily.
It also helps repair hair damaged due to the constant UV exposure and mineral buildup during your beach vacays.
I also like using lightweight oils like argan or grapeseed as a deep conditioning treatment before showering.
My Hair’s Always Protected While Swimming
Summer for me always equals beaches or pools or theme parks. But did you know that pool water is full of chlorine and seawater filled with natural minerals.
These are not harmful exactly but they can react with your hair in a not-so-pleasant way, especially if you’ve bleached and colored your mane.
I have actually experienced my bleached, blonde hair go green on me due to the chemicals in the pool. And so I’ve learned my lesson.
Never, ever get into the pool without a swimming cap. And if you don’t have one at hand make sure you’ve covered every inch of your hair with moisturizers.
You can use the special moisturizers for swimmers available in the market like the Sheamoisture Gotu Kola & Raspberry Seed Oil Pre-Swim Leave-In Protection. Or you can simply apply a thick coat of coconut oil instead.
FAQs about Summer Hair Care Guide
How to manage long hair in the summer?
I know a lot of people, especially women, who cut their hair short in the summer to keep it out of the way. I mean I get it, who wants to deal with long, sweaty hair in the middle of the hot season.
But if you’re growing out your tresses and do not want to chop it all off just because of the heat, here are some things you can do to manage long hair in the summer.
Firstly, you can tie it all up in a bun, this is the easiest way to keep long hair away from your face. You can try different bun hairstyles like top knots, mid-rise buns, braided buns, etc.
Secondly, you can section and braid your hair. Long hair doesn’t seem as much of a nuisance if you’re going for multiple braids. You can then easily tie these braids into a ponytail too.
If you’ve got long, layered hair and braids and buns are not an option try wrapping it all up in a turban instead. Just make sure the fabric you use is breathable.
How do I keep my hair moisturized in the summer?
Your hair needs both hydration and conditioning during the summer. This means it isn’t enough to use oils or creams, your hair needs to have sufficient water content in the strands first.
So I suggest using products that are humectants (substances which add moisture to hair) like glycerin, aloe vera, and products containing vitamin B5, panthenol and triglycerides.
You can then use a lightweight occlusive (substances that seal moisture inside hair) to keep all the hydration instead. This includes plant-based oils, shea butter, lanolin, etc.
How can I stop my hair from sweating in the summer?
The best way to keep your hair from sweating too much is by “cooling” down the area through restricting excess blood circulation. This includes using cold water to shower, drinking lots of water so that you’re hydrated, using water-based hair mists or sprays, and by keeping your hair protected from direct sunlight.
Is it necessary to oil hair in summer?
The heat from the sun can leave hair dry and brittle. Also, the UV radiation can cause damage to hair’s protein bonds making it more prone to breakage. So it’s a good idea to use oils to hydrate and moisturize your tresses. You can use lightweight oils like grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, etc. instead of the heavier ones like coconut oil as the former are more appropriate for the hot weather.
Final Thoughts about Summer Hair Care Guide
I love summers!
But the heat, humidity and certain lifestyle habits like swimming and tanning can leave hair in dire straits.
There is an increased chance of exposure to chlorine and salt water from swimming pools and beaches that leaves hair dry and causes mineral buildup.
Also, the sun’s UV rays can fade hair dyes and even cause scalp sunburns in severe cases.
So it’s of utmost importance that you learn how to keep your hair and scalp healthy in the summers to avoid these problems.
Using a hat to shield hair while out in the sun, keeping hair protected while swimming, and making sure they have extra hydration is the golden triangle to healthy hair in the summer.
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!