Summer hair means sexy, low-key, lived in locks. Sun-kissed color, beachy texture, and surfer-girl cool. But hotter temps, salt water and chlorine can wreak havoc on your tresses, not to mention the leftover damage caused by split ends, color damage and the drying effects of winter. Prepare your hair before you hit the sand (or bbq, or pool party, or the office for that matter!) this summer with our tips for your healthiest head of summer hair yet.
The most important tip for healthy hair is to drink lots of water. Our bodies lose even more water during the hotter months, so make sure you’re drinking 6-8 glasses a day all through the dog days of summer. This will keep your hair hydrated, leading to stronger, healthier growth.
Start off the season with a fresh cut. Keep it low maintenance, and easy to style. And keep the color commitment-free too. Think balayage or a melted ombre- highlights that that will see you through to the end of the season. Summer hair is lived in- like you just woke up and hit the beach. You don’t get that laid-back look by slaving over your strands. Go for messy updos, wispy braids and air-dried tendrils, and avoid heat styling if you can.
Stick to lightweight products for summer. Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser is a great detoxifying hair treatment to kick off your hair game. It uses all-natural sea salt from the Trapani coast in Sicily, along with beet sugar extract and jojoba scrubbing beads, to deep clean and gently remove impurities and build-up. Regular use even has a texturizing effect, perfect for piece-y summer strands. Byrdie Beauty recently put it on their list of products to look out for. Use Davines This Is An Oil Non Oil through your mid-length and ends, to add structure and definition to hair, while taming frizz. If you have limp hair just add Davines This is a Dry Texturizer for a tousled style, without weighing your hair down.
If you’re planning a day in the sun, apply SU hair and body wash, a multi-benefit shampoo that moisturizes and protects hair exposed to the sun, or try Davines Nounou to your hair and slick it back into a sleek, low bun. This will protect and deep condition your hair and look ultra chic beach or poolside. And speaking of the pool, the key to avoiding going green from chlorine damage is preparation. Dry hair acts as a sponge so rinse your hair with tap water before your swim and follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse after, to limit further chlorine damage. Reach for Davines SU Hair Mask for a restorative and hydrating anti-aging treatment if your hair has been damaged by sun, chlorine or salt.
Frizz-free beach days and healthy gorgeous hair are only a few primps away. Keep your strands stress-free this season with a low-key beauty routine and a little extra love when you hit the pool. You’ll be rocking the sexy summer hair of your dreams in no time.
Jaclyn LaBadia, Feature contributor