Summer doesn’t have to be the season of bad hair days.
With summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to brush up on your hair care tips. Naturally, during hot weather season, your hair’s more likely to be exposed to natural elements like the sun, sand and sea water – all of which can contribute in causing damage and dryness (eek!). So, if you want to keep your tresses looking and feeling healthy, it’s a good idea to give your mane a little bit of extra TLC at this time of year.
We quizzed Unilever’s creative director and head stylist Dan Lynes to find out his top hair care tips for summer. Read on and find out what he recommends, below.
Summer hair care tips
Tip 1: Shield your strands from the sun
“When you go away, the sun, the sea, the sand are all quite abrasive, so give your hair some extra protection,” says Dan Lynes.
Just as you would protect your skin from the damaging effect of the sun, your hair needs the same treatment. Try wearing a large floppy hat to cover your strands from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while keeping it ultra stylish poolside. Plus, did you know that covering up with a hat is also a great way to protect your scalp from sunburn?
Tip 2: Put your hair up in protective styles
Do keep in mind that since your hair has been exposed to the elements all day long, it’ll be more fragile. So, in the evening, put your hair up in loose, protective styles to minimise tangling and breakage. Tight hairstyles tend to be more damaging, as they pull and tug the hair, which can weaken the strands and result breakage, so instead, opt for a loose French braid, or a messy bun to keep your tresses neatly tucked away and protected.
Tip 3: Remove chlorine from your hair
“The VO5 Hot Oils remove 70% more chlorine from the hair,” says Dan.
Chlorine can be really damaging for your hair, so if you spend a lot of time in the pool, make sure you spend an extra few minutes rinsing your hair to remove any chlorine residue. Our top hair care tip? Use the VO5 Nourish My Shine Moisture Hot Oils (£4.28*)! These magical and easy to pack individual tubes can help to remove up to 70% more chlorine from your hair, plus, their compact size means they won’t take up too much space in your suitcase! Bonus, right?
Tip 4: Opt to wash sweaty hair more often
While too much shampooing can dry out the strands and scalp, you’ll probably find that you sweat a lot more during the hot and sticky summer months. If this is the case, you can – and should – wash your hair more frequently to help remove any sweat residue, which contains salt and can be damaging to your delicate tresses.
Tip 5: Use a leave-in conditioner
“In spray form they’re much more practical to use, which is why you’re more likely to use them. The TREsemmé Oleo Radiance Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist (£6.99*) is a water-based spray that gives off this very fine mist. Just spritz it throughout the day, and it’ll make your hair smell and feel really nice and nourished!” says Dan.
Leave-in conditioners have amazing benefits: they help to protect your hair, add moisture, prevent frizz and detangle your tresses. And while they won’t directly protect from the damaging effects of heat and sun, a leave-in conditioner will help to keep your locks more hydrated. Find out which ones pack an extra punch of hydration in our round-up here!
Tip 6: Trim your hair regularly
You may have come across this hair care tip many times before, but it really is the key to a maintaining a great, healthy-looking mane. Keep dry split ends at bay by regularly going in for trims – not just in the summer, but all year round. This will not only help keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, but it’s the perfect opportunity for a style refresh, too!
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