Summer beach hair is one of the most enviable styles a woman could have: long shining tresses flying out behind you as you dive and leap in the waves, or simply lie out on a towel getting a suntan.
This said, it’s important to make sure you have a good hair care regimen, as the sun can actually be damaging to your hair if you’re out in the elements a lot. Even if you go in for professional hair treatments, there are things you can do to make sure your hair stays healthy and happy for the continued duration of any heat wave or beach holiday.
Here are some of those tips for the best summer hair possible:
- Wear a Hat. Believe it or not, wearing a hat on the beach is a good thing for keeping your hair from being dried out from the sun. And you can’t discount the romance of a woven hat over long shiny locks.
- Wash Your Hair Every Other Day. Because the sun is drying enough on your hair, washing your hair every day strips it of oil. So, if you have, say, baby-fine hair that starts getting a bit stringy the day after you’ve washed it, go for a dry shampoo. This will restore volume—and “va-va-voom” to your hair.
- Moisturise Often. It can’t be repeated enough. Because the sun does what it does, making sure you give your hair lots of care and attention is important. Before heading to the pool, try a leave-in conditioner, especially before heading to the pool. That conditioner can protect your hair from the equally damaging effects of chlorine, just as much as it protects your hair from the sun.
- Skip Tight Hairstyles. Because of the sun’s effects on your hair, wearing your long locks in a bun, for example, can cause lots of breakage.
- Forego the Heat Styling. If you must use a blow-dryer, use it on the lowest temperature possible, but stay away from the straighteners, curlers, and so on. Summer is definitely the season for wash-n-wear, perfectly imperfect styles.
Having healthy hair in the summer doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. In fact, taking care of your hair means taking it easy. Just make sure to use plenty of moisturising products, and do your best to not strip your hair of its natural oils, and you’ll be just fine.