8 Most Effective Hair Care Tips For Summer

Hair Care Tips
Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Warm sun, tanned skin and crashing waves are what summer is all about. Unfortunately, summertime is not all fun. Ladies have to take care to protect their hair or they will end up with frazzled strands and split ends. Sun and water can damage the hair and cause a brittle texture. Sunshine and salt water can also wreak havoc on hair dye, so your latest color will most likely fade at a faster rate.

1. Take a Look Around

The first step is to check out your geography. If you live in the snow-capped Alps, you are probably safe. Locations that are farther from the equator receive a lighter level of sunlight, so you do not have to worry about your hair as much. As you get closer to the equator, the sun becomes much more intense. If you live near the equator, the sun is going to dry out your hair and fade away your color.

2. Be Careful

This tip works throughout the year, but you should be especially careful during summer. Whenever you brush your hair, move the comb or brush carefully. After shower, your hair is at its most fragile while it is still wet. If you do not have time to dry your hair, use some detangler and a wide-tooth comb.

Use Detangler

3. Speaking of Showers

Your shower time ritual can make it or break it for your hair. After a long day in the sunshine, you need to treat* your hair well with hydrating shampoos and conditioners. Make sure to avoid any products that contain sodium chloride, sulfate or paraben because it will drag down your lustrous locks.

4. Get Chopping

The best time for you to get your hair trimmed is right before the summer begins. In general, the sun wreaks the worst damage to dried out hair. You can reduce* this damage by trimming off dry hair and dead ends every six weeks to two months. If you have the time and money, ask your stylist for a conditioning treatment to really moisturize your hair.

5. Try a Hat on for Size

If nothing seems to protect your hair, a nice beach cap or stylish straw hat is the perfect answer. As long as the hat is on your head, your hair and face are protected from the sunlight. Each fashion season sees a range of new hats come into style, so there is sure to be one that works for you. The best part about this hair treatment option is that it also works to prevent sunburns and dry skin.

Try a Hat on for Size

6. Sunscreen Is Not Just for Skin

You normally slather on some sunscreen when you hit the beach, and your hair should not be any different. There are number of different hair care products that are exclusively designed to keep your hair from getting fried. In addition, you may be able to find specialty products that keep your hair from lightening up too much or others that prevent dark hair from taking on a brassy tone. At the very least, you can find some UV-based hairspray or a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that protects your locks.

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7. Be Wary of the Ponytail

During summertime, ladies love to throw their hair back into a simple ponytail. If you do it right, you can keep your favorite casual style from hurting your hair. To begin with, you should make sure that your ponytail is brushed to the side so that there is not a part. By not having a part of your hair, you can keep your scalp from getting sunburned. You should also make sure that you use strong hair bands. Rubber bands or weak hair bands will only end up damaging your hair or causing it to break off. Keep your ponytail loose and alternate where you place it to give your hair a break.

8. Try Dilution

Normally, you jump into the ocean or a pool with dry hair. When you do this, your hair absorbs all of the salt and chlorine instantly. You can reduce* this effect by dampening your hair in advance with regular water. Instead of absorbing 100 percent of the salt water, your hair absorbs some of the safe, fresh water instead. You will still need to do other things to protect your hair, but diluting the chlorine or salt water will help.

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When you expose your hair to the sunlight, it can cause increased split ends, frizzy strands and brittle hair. The summer increases* the amount of sweat and dust in your hair, so you are more likely to suffer from dandruff or hair loss. Even worse, the sun burns your scalp and removes* the moisture from your skin. Rather than over-conditioning your hair, you can use alternatives like wearing a hat, dampening your hair and using moisturizing products. If you treat* your hair well during the summer, it will still be moisturized by autumn.

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Expert Author : Kim Hill (Consumer Health Digest)

Kim Hill is a veteran writer and editor, having written various articles about health, medical and pharmaceutical issues for professional and consumer audiences for the past decade. Her work has appeared in print and on digital media. She also enjoys writing about beauty and skincare. Currently, she is a contributing editor to Consumer Health Digest.

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