Though we welcome the warm weather and the opportunity to spend more time outside, UV rays, salt water, chlorine, air conditioning, and humidity are just some of the environmental factors of summer that affect our hair. “Think of your hair as susceptible to the weather the same way your skin is. So, for example, you wouldn’t go to the beach without sunscreen on a 100°F sunny day,” says celebrity hairstylist Bradley Leake.
During the summer, frizz and dryness are the most common hair-related complaints. “The sun itself and extended sun exposure can fade your hair color, burn your scalp, and even dry out the hair cuticle. The hair also absorbs chlorine from the pool like a sponge,” says Leake. That’s why it’s essential to load up your beauty cabinet with haircare staples that pack a powerful punch and infuse dry, brittle strands with a dose of much-needed moisture to combat frizz and breakage. “Switch out your regular hair products with the changing seasons because the hair has different needs — just like your skin,” says Krysta Rojas, stylist, colorist, and owner of Base Salon.
For those with light-colored, curly, or textured hair, it’s even more important to focus on implementing hydration and strength: “Healthy, hydrated hair reflects light best, creating the most shine and healthy-looking hair,” says Rojas. Include vitamin C in your hair care routine to protect against environmental aggressors, hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture, and collagen to fortify and strengthen the hair.
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Knowing that your hair is covered, in every sense of the word, allows you to kick back, relax, and enjoy summer without stressing over damaging your strands. With the help of these must-haves, your hair is better equipped to stay in tip-top shape all summer long.
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