5 Tips to Protect Your Hair in the Summer

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The heat and humidity during the warmest months of the year can wreak havoc on your hair, causing it to become frizzy, brittle and dull. If you want to maintain healthy-looking locks this summer while still enjoying the sun, sea and sand, you can use these simple tips to protect and nourish your hair.


1. Apply a UV Protectant

Heat styling tools aren’t the only way to damage your tresses. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can damage your hair’s protective outer layer (cuticle), leaving the core of the strand vulnerable to pigmentation loss and protein deterioration.

Apply a UV protectant containing ingredients like Cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, a powerful UV light absorber and substantive that bonds to your hair and remains even when you’re splashing in the waves.

Not Your Mother’s All Eyes on Me 10-in-1 Hair Perfector not only protects from heat, but also adds shine, moisturizes, and helps to mend split ends.

2. Wash Your Hair With Care

The summer heat can leave your scalp feeling sweaty and you may think you need to wash your hair daily to remove any buildup. However, over-washing can strip your hair of its natural oils, causing dryness and brittleness, which is already exacerbated by the intense summer heat.

If you must wash your hair every day, choose a mild shampoo labeled for daily use. These shampoos typically have lower levels of surfactants, the ingredients that eliminate oil from your hair.

Pantene Nutrient Blends Miracle Moisture Boost Rose Water Shampoo is free of sulfates, parabens and mineral oils. It is gentle enough to use every day and has a subtle rose fragrance to leave your hair looking and smelling amazing.

If you can’t wash your hair daily, invest in a high-quality dry shampoo like Batiste Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoos contain absorbent ingredients like rice starch to eliminate excess oils, helping to give your hair added volume and bounce between washes.

Throughout the summer, you should also use a deep conditioning treatment once every two to three weeks to hydrate your locks. Deep conditioning treatments like Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner contain higher concentrations of humectant ingredients like glycerin or aloe vera to draw in moisture from the environment. They also contain emollients like shea butter or coconut oil which form a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss. You can also use a leave-in conditioner like It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite.

3. Unplug Your Curling Wand

Although you may covet beach-ready waves this summer, curling irons, straighteners and heated rollers can reach temperatures of up to 450°F, damaging your hair’s structure and leading to frizziness and breakage.

Unplug your heat styling tools and choose heatless curling techniques instead. Foam rollers are an excellent option to create luscious curls overnight without damaging your locks. Conair Self Grip Rollers come in several sizes and protect your hair against over-drying.

For natural hair or tight coils, ensure that you use a curl-defining product such as Twisted Sista Curl Activator Creme. This product provides shine and moisture while defining curls and taming frizz.

If you do use heat styling tools, ensure that you apply a heat protectant to your hair. Products like Not Your Mother’s All Eyes on Me 10-in-1 Hair Perfector are formulated with micro-polymers to help shield strands from damage and enhance shine.

4. Protect Against Chlorine and Salt Damage

If you love soaking in the hot tub, swimming laps in the pool or splashing in the ocean, it is critical to protect your hair from the salt and chlorine-treated water. Chlorine breaks down the amino acids that give your hair structure and increases its porosity. It also strips the pigment from colored hair, leaving your strands brittle and broken. Saltwater dries out your scalp and hair, leaving it coarse and prone to breakage and split ends.

You can minimize salt and chlorine damage by rinsing your hair with cold, fresh water before swimming or wearing a swim cap. Rinsing your hair before swimming causes your strands to soak up the fresh water and limits the amount of chlorine your strands absorb.

If you have blonde hair and regularly swim in chlorinated water, consider buying a clarifying shampoo to prevent your hair from developing a green tinge.

5. Towel Dry Gently

Whether climbing out of the pool or stepping out of the shower, towel drying your hair too vigorously can damage already stressed hair. Beach towels are typically covered in salt residue and sand that is abrasive on your locks and the standard terry bath towels’ weave is too coarse and can raise the hair cuticle, leading to split ends.

In addition to using the correct towel drying technique, try using an ultra-absorbent microfiber towel specifically designed for hair. You can also save money and space in your beach bag by using an old 100% cotton t-shirt to dry your hair.

Protect Your Hair This Summer with Products from Bartell’s
At Bartell’s, we have all the products and tools you need to protect and support your hair this summer, from heat protectants to styling tools. Visit your local Bartell’s to pick up your new favorite products.