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Protecting Your Hair from the Summer Sun

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Summertime brings warmer weather, poolside soirees, sunkissed skin, beachy, naturally tousled wavey hair, and easy-living summer vacations. While the extra humidity provides the perk of more moisture to the skin, and it’s common to wear a no-fuss top-knot on warm days, it’s easy to become a little lackadaisical about our beauty approach during the summer. 

More stylists are encouraging clients to use this season to care for their hair during long summer days when it is more prone to sun damage. The heat and prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the hair. Here are some tips to try out all summer to keep your hair looking lustrous and healthy come fall and winter. 

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Apply a Weekly Hair Mask

A weekly hair mask can nourish the hair and rehydrate it. There are many hair masks on the market, from more pricey, high-quality conditioning masks to less expensive hair masks that get the job done. If you’re a minimalist looking for fewer ingredients, you can even opt to use coconut oil in your hair. Another option is to douse your hair in a conditioner, put it in a bun and allow it to moisturize for a few hours. 

Wear a Hat to Protect from Sun Damage

Wearing a hat under the sun not only protects your skin from sun damage but also protects those lovely locks. Hats are fun any time of the year, especially when there are many options during the summer, like fedoras, boat hats, Panama hats, bucket hats, ribbon brim hats, etc. Straw material is breathable and ideal for summer. 

Protect Your Hair While You Sleep

Protecting your hair while you sleep should essentially be a year-round ritual, but summer is a good time to incorporate it into your hair care routine. 

Here are all or some of the things you can do to care for your hair while you sleep:

  • Dry your hair before bed
  • Use a detangling comb to brush out tangles
  • Use a soft scrunchie to tie your hair up in a high bun (avoid rubber bands)
  • Sleep on a silk pillowcase
  • For long hair, braid your hair
  • Add hair treatment to your hair to rehydrate
  • Wear a silk sleeping cap
  • Wash your hair three times per week 
  • Trim your hair every 4 to 6 weeks

Minimize Heat on Hair

Some people won’t leave the house without styling their hair, while others prefer hairstyles that require minimal outfits. If you fall under the first category, try to give your hair a break from the heat at least once weekly. Air dry your hair until it’s at least 80% dry before styling with a blowdryer, use a diffuser adapter, and apply a heat-protective styling product before styling. Use curling irons and hair straighteners minimally. 

Follow these fool-proof steps to guarantee your hair survives summer and has a smooth shine for the fall. 

If you’ve been considering becoming a hairstylist and love learning how to care for and style your hair, visit Ogle School to get scheduling information about part-time and full-time programs and discover the perfect program.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.