Summer Hair Care Tips: Protect Your Hair from Sun & Water Damage

Summer is here, and while we all love the warm weather and fun in the sun, it’s important to remember that the season can take a toll on your hair. For those of us with curly hair, the combination of UV rays and water activities can lead to dryness, frizz, and damage. But don’t worry – with the right care, you can keep your curls looking fabulous all summer long. Here are some essential tips to protect your hair from sun and water damage.

1. Shield Your Hair from UV Rays

Just like your skin, your hair can suffer from sun damage. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can weaken the hair shaft, leading to dryness and breakage. Here’s how to protect your curls:
  • Wear Hats and Scarves: A stylish hat or a lightweight scarf can provide a physical barrier against the sun. 

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  • Use UV-Protectant Hair Products: Invest in hair products that contain UV filters. These sprays, serums, and leave-in conditioners create a protective layer around your hair, shielding it from harmful rays.

2. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Curly hair is naturally more prone to dryness, and the summer heat can exacerbate this. Keeping your hair hydrated is key to maintaining healthy curls.
  • Deep Condition Regularly: Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to replenish moisture. Look for products with natural oils like coconut, argan, or jojoba.

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  • Leave-In Conditioners: Apply a leave-in conditioner daily to keep your hair moisturized throughout the day.

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  • Hydrating Hair Masks: Treat your hair to a hydrating mask every couple of weeks to give it an extra moisture boost.

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3. Protect Your Hair While Swimming

Whether you’re hitting the pool or the beach, chlorine and saltwater can be tough on curly hair. Here’s how to protect your locks:
  • Pre-Swim Rinse: Rinse your hair with fresh water before swimming. This helps reduce the amount of chlorine or saltwater your hair absorbs.
  • Wear a Swim Cap: *Ok - we know it's not the cutest option* BUT if you’re a frequent swimmer, consider wearing a swim cap to keep your hair protected.
  • Post-Swim Care: Rinse your hair with fresh water immediately after swimming. Follow up with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner.

4. Minimize Heat Styling

Excessive heat styling can further damage your hair during the summer months. Embrace your natural curls and opt for heat-free styling methods.
  • Air Dry: Let your hair air dry whenever possible. If you need to speed up the process, use a microfiber towel to gently blot excess water.

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  • Protective Styles: Consider protective styles like braids or buns to minimize exposure to the sun and reduce the need for styling.
  • Heat Protectant: If you must use heat tools, always apply a heat protectant spray beforehand to minimize damage.

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