When summer approaches, you know what that means: heat, humidity and more heat! Besides lots of fun in the sun, it's time to tweak your hair care routine to make it through the season with a healthy head of hair. If you don't normally make changes to your style routine when the seasons change, it's a good idea to get into this habit.
Chances are, you'll be outside a lot more. The sun can be brutal on hair, especially hair that already has a tendency toward dryness, like black hair. When you're proactive about hair care, your hair won't have to suffer the summertime blues. Try these hair-saving tips during the summer and your hair will look just as gorgeous (or better) at the end of the season as it did going in:
Wear a hat
The simplest way to keep the sun from drying out your hair is to wear a hat on days when you know you'll be outside for extended periods of time. There are many other choices besides baseball caps! Try wide-brimmed straw hats, brimmed canvas hats, even denim caps. Whatever strikes your fancy and keeps your hair protected works.
Better yet, try a scarf
If hats aren't your thing, wrap a pretty silk or satin scarf around your hair and knot it at the nape of your neck, letting the ends dangle down your back. It's quick, it's easy and it's a great way to add some flair to a simple summer outfit.
If you swim a lot in the summer, rinsing your hair after every dip in the pool or ocean is crucial. Daily shampooing can also dry your hair, so stick to rinsing and conditioner washes, but shampoo at least once a week, preferably with shampoos made for swimmers, and follow up with a deep condition.
Braids, buns, cornrows, updos, twists – all of these styles not only keep your hair off your face or your neck, but also protect your delicate ends. Keeping those ends protected prevents excessive dryness and breakage, so not only will your hair grow, you'll retain that length.