One of the best parts about summer? All the hairstyling options! The sun and beach inspire carefree styles, such as loose beach waves or braids, which makes summer hair extra fun. However, chlorine, heat, humidity and intense UV rays can also wreak havoc on your hair, drying it out, leading to discoloration, or causing the dreaded “f” word (frizz). So here are five helpful tips from our style and beauty experts that will help you get the most out of your summer hair while minimizing the negative effects of the season.
Don’t Dry Your Hair as Often
When possible, it’s best to avoid blow-drying your hair. After all, your hair is going to be exposed to heat for much of the day during the summer, so go easy with the blow-drying when you can. Remember, in the summer, hair styling rules are a bit more open. There’s no need to have every hair in place, smoothed down, and perfectly arranged, so feel free to sport loose, messy, natural, and air-dried hair. But if you must blow-dry, try to use low heat or the cool air option when you can.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
The need to moisturize your hair during the heat of summer cannot be overstated. The sun’s harmful rays and the heat in general, can dry out even healthy hair. Therefore, make sure you use plenty of conditioner on your hair during this season. Also, consider using a moisturizing mask before hitting the beach or the pool, as this will give your hair even more protection from the heat and sun. Ion Swimmer’s Shampoo and Ion Sun Protection Spray will keep your color from fading, too.
Just as you have to make sure you protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays during the summer, you should also protect your hair. So if you’re lounging at the pool or spending the day having fun in the sun, cover your hair up with a hat or scarf.
Seal Your Color
The summer sun and heat can oxidize your hair color, which in turn creates a dry, fried, frizzy hot mess. Therefore, if you color your hair, be sure to seal it. Use Ion Color Solutions After-Color Sealer to protect your hair when you are out in the sun and prolong your color.
Put It Up:
During the summer, putting your hair up is a great way to avoid blow-drying, camouflage hair that hasn’t been recently washed, and protect it from the sun. Of course, it also keeps your hair off your neck, thus keeping you cooler. Some ideal hairstyles to try this summer are:
- Ponytails: Worn high or low, ponytails are a great way to keep your hair out of your face and off your neck during the summer.
- Braids: Braids are still big this year, so take advantage of it if your hair is long enough. Check out YouTube for easy-to-follow tutorial videos that make braiding a lot easier. Fish tail and French braids are current favorites.
- Messy buns: Loose buns are yet another great hairstyle to try in the summer. They can be accomplished in just a matter of minutes and look super chic.
The tips listed above will get you are ready to create beautifully styled hair this summer. Follow the suggestions and you’ll be sure to keep your hair healthy and beautiful all summer long.