Try these easy solutions to combat the five biggest hot-weather hair hassles.
COMBAT SALT AND SAND
Problem: Those natural abrasives can damage strands.
- Bar sand. Comb a hot-oil treatment into damp strands to create a barrier that will keep sand from wrecking your hair.
- Rinse religiously. Soak your hair with clean water before leaving the beach.
- Really rehydrate. After a day at the beach, treat your tresses to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to repair the cuticles' outer layer.
CONQUER CHLORINE GREEN
Problem: Pool chemicals can bleach out color and leave hair looking greenish and feeling brittle.
- Douse your do. Saturate dry hair with tap water before a swim. Wet hair won't absorb as many pool chemicals as dry hair.
- Use protection! Comb in a leave-in conditioner to further block chemicals from penetrating.
- Clear things up. Once a week use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of chlorine and chemicals that have built up.
FIGHT THOSE ANNOYING FRIZZIES
Problem: Dry, curly or chemically treated locks soak up muggy summer air, leaving a head full of frizz.
- Cleanse correctly. Use a moisture-rich shampoo.
- Add moisture. After using shampoo and conditioner, apply a creamy styling gel.
- Finish well. Dry your hair and then hit it with a blast of cold air from your dryer to lock in the style. Next, coat the top layers of your hair with a few drops of a silicone-based serum.
Quick tip: Fight frizz in the summer by washing and styling your hair at night. While you sleep, scalp oils travel down the hair shaft, insulating strands against humidity the next day.
BUILD IN BODY
Problem: Humidity can weigh down fine hair, making locks look limp or greasy.
- Turn to a leave-in solution. Leave-in thickening treatments have ingredients like wheat proteins that will help bulk up strands.
- Avoid product pile-up. Don't layer mousse, gel, wax and spray. You're not amping your hair up―you're weighing it down.
- Keep it clean. Wash your hair regularly, and once or twice a week swap out your regular shampoo for a clarifying one.
KEEP COLOR TRUE
Problem: Overexposure to the sun's harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays can weaken and fade strands.
- Forbid fading. Look for hair-care products containing UV filters to keep your hair from fading and breaking
- Leave your hat on. Wear a well-ventilated hat to shield your hair from UV rays whenever you're in the sun.
- Bask in a mask. Apply a deep-conditioning mask to your hair weekly.
Quick tip: If you'll be in the sun all day, comb a deep-conditioning mask through wet hair and twist it into a bun. Let the sun's warmth help your hair absorb the mask.