There is only one month left of summer which means it’s time to squeeze in as much time outside, either in a park, by the pool, or at the beach. However, all this time spent in the sun or water can wreak serious havoc on your locks and can lead to moisture loss, unruly frizz, breakage, and color changes.
We are all well-versed on the importance of sun-block, but few people realize that UV exposure has a similar effect on hair as it does on skin. According to hair expert and Curl Talk author Ouidad, “UV Exposure can dry hair out, making it vulnerable to breakage much the same as the sun makes skin flake and peel from too much exposure.”
In addition to damage caused by the sun, salt water and chlorine can deplete hair’s moisture levels, leaving it flat, dry, dull and prone to breakage. And we can’t forget other issues like frizz and excess oil buildup- just some other lovely side-effects of nice weather!
There’s no need to worry though. With the right products, your hair can withstand any environmental abuse and become healthier and more radiant than ever!
Read on for my top summer haircare must-haves!
Ouidad Sun Shield Leave In Spray, $20 This breathable, lightweight formula works to instantly provide protection from harsh environmental elements such as the sun and wind and will keep your hair hydrated and protected from chlorine and salt-water.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Around Shampoo, $5.99 and Conditioner, $5.99. I don’t have the patience for my blow-dryer or flat-iron during the humid summer months. To enhance my naturally wavy hair, I rely on John Frieda’s Curl Around shampoo and conditioner, which delivers a healthy, soft, totally frizz-free finish. drug store
Redken Color Extend After Sun Mask, $15. This amazing conditioning formula is a MUST after a day of extended sun exposure. I tried it for the first time after a long day at the beach, which left my hair dry and dull, and was amazed by how soft, silky, and radiant my hair looked after only one use! I also highly recommend the Color Extend After-Sun Shampoo, $13.
Tresemme No Frizz Shine Spray, $4.75. I use this unbelievably lightweight formula year-round to tame my frizz-prone locks, especially during the summer. Just spritz it on and your hair will be transformed from frizzy and dry and shiny and smooth. drugstore
Philip B pH Restorative Detangling Toning Mist, $24. This lightweight mist detangles while removing unwanted residue. r adjusts the pH of tap water allowing the cuticle of the hair to seal tightly. The result? Incredibly soft, shiny, luminous hair.
Biolage Sunsorials Protective Hair Oil, $14. This incredible formula fights against the drying effects of the sun, chlorine, and saltwater, while infusing the hair with added moisture, leaving is super soft and shiny. Adds instant softness, shine and moisturization.