Hello summer! It’s time for good times and tan lines — after all, summer is our festive season, party season and holiday season all rolled into one. But the sunny season also brings its own unique challenges for healthy hair. Luckily, with the right products and techniques, it’s easy to overcome these challenges. So we’ve put together a list of must-have hair products for summer, to help you keep your hair fresh and healthy with ease.
To cleanse and condition
The best hair products for summer will keep your hair fresh and hydrated — especially when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. Always aim for a duo that will thoroughly cleanse your hair, while keeping it hydrated and nourished.
Our top picks for this are the Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only will these give your hair a gentle boost of hydration, they will also inject volume into your hair. And, needless to say, volume is always a good thing.
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For quick touch-ups
Let’s get real, sweatiness and oiliness are summer struggles many of us face. Which is why it’s crucial to have a reliable hair product to give our strands a burst of freshness in-between washes.
Instantly refresh your hair with the Toni&Guy Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo. This will absorb any oiliness, and give your hair a clean, fresh smell.
One of the challenges that summer brings is the harsh sun and (for those of us who love swimming) sea and pool water. All of these things can dry out hair, leaving it brittle and in need of extra TLC. So be sure to include a hydrating mask in your list of hair products for summer.
For intense hydration, we recommend you try out the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Treatment Mask. Infused with organic shea butter and natural oils, this product won’t weigh your hair down and it’s cruelty-free.
To protect from the sun
As we said in the previous tip, too much sun can be a bad thing for hair. If wearing hats isn’t your thing, we suggest you use hair products with a UV filter. These help protect your hair from the harmful effects of the sun, with no extra effort on your part.
The TRESemmé Volume & Lift Styling Mousse styling mousse is an excellent example of a product with a UV filter. And, best of all, it has additional benefits. Enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5, it boosts volume and will ensure your hairstyle stays in place all day.
For a healthy shine
No matter the season, nothing looks as good as healthy, shiny hair. So of course we had to add this to our list of hair products for summer.
For a healthy shine, a bit of hold and a gorgeous scent, try out the Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist. Formulated with shea butter, coconut and neem oil, this is a product you won’t regret.
To resist humidity
If you live on the coast where the humidity is super high in summer, this one is for you. Be sure to invest styling products that will protect your hairdo from humidity. Trust us, these are game-changing hair products for summer.
VO5 is a brand that has loads of options for humidity-resistant hair products. Our favourite picks for summer definitely includes their VO5 Sculpted Firm Hold Styling Gel, which is formulated to work in very high humidity, while adding hold and definition to your look.
If hairspray is your styling product of choice, the VO5 Strong Hold Hairspray will be ideal. It works in all weather conditions and won’t leave any flaky residue when you brush it out.
For touchable texture
There’s something about textured hair that just suits the summer season. If you have super smooth hair and want to add that gorgeous texture, invest in texturising hair products for summer.
An old fave here at All Things Hair HQ is the Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray. This will add texture and volume to your hair, as well as define individual strands.
For something with more hold, try the Toni&Guy High Definition Spray Wax. This not only adds texture and definition, but it also has the hold of a lightweight wax. All wrapped up as an easy-to-use spray.