Warm weather, lots of sun, beach sand, and that fresh warm breeze are some of the greatest things about Summer! However, what effects do the summer months have on your hair? The excessive heat and summer activities can be extra drying on your normally radiant, healthy hair. Protecting your hair from the potential summer damage doesn't have to be a hassle. A little extra care and a summer trim or two are great ways to start. A few additional tips are below to help keep your hair healthy and looking fabulous through the summer months! Use a Leave-In Conditioner Your hair will avoid absorbing large amounts of pool chemicals, like chlorine or saltwater, from the ocean if your hair is saturated with a leave-in conditioner or even clean water. Rinsing your hair under clean water after a dip in the pool or the ocean is also an excellent way to minimize saltwater and chemical absorption. Let Your Hair Dry Naturally Letting your hair dry naturally during the summer months will be a beneficial way to minimize heat damage, unnatural drying, and split ends. As often as possible, step away from flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons, or other heated styling items. Or, if you wash your hair at night before bed, put it into a ponytail, bun, or braid and leave it overnight. When you take it down in the morning, you'll have a healthy, relaxed, and wavy look to your hair, great for work or a weekend out! Change Your Shampoo and Conditioner Depending on how frequently you wash your hair in the summer, it may be a good idea to change to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. If you use many treatments or chemicals in your hair, it is also good to use an anti-residue or clarifying shampoo to help clear away any buildup. Always use a deep-conditioning after. Use Anti-Frizz Serum or Oil Trims and moisturizing conditioners are fabulous approaches to maintaining healthy hair in the summer months. But every great process can use some assistance. In addition to trims and conditioners, you can enhance your hair's natural shine and smooth split ends and flyaways with a drop or two of an anti-frizz oil or serum. Haircare products with UV filters, such as gels, cream formulas, or sprays, can protect your hair from the sun. Products with UV filters add another line of defense against sun damage and fading of color-processed hair. Wide-brimmed hats are also great if you prefer to spend time outdoors in the hot summer sun. They keep your hair sheltered, protect your ears and scalp, and cover areas that can be prone to skin cancer. Even with your best efforts, that summer heat and humidity can aggravate even the most well maintained, healthy hair. You can always opt for a simple style on those hot and sweaty or high humidity days, like a ponytail or messy bun. Summer can be a fun and easy-going time of year, even for your hair! For a hair consultation, contact us today!