With summer quickly approaching, you might be considering switching to a lighter color or giving your hair a fresh new cut.
Don't forget the one thing that everyone should do to prepare for the warm weather: making a plan to protect hair from the sun. Here are a few tips for saving your strands from damage.
Wait Longer Between Washes
Your hair naturally produces oils that can protect strands from damage. Shampooing less regularly during the summer will allow that oil to do its thing and save your hair from the sun. As a bonus, your hair will be less likely to get dry. If you're worried about your hair looking unclean or greasy, opt for a dry shampoo on days that you don't wash it. Throw it into a messy bun for a beach-ready look.
Don't Skip the Sunscreen
Just like you use sunscreen to protect your skin, the same can be done for your hair. There are many products on the market that include SPF. Look for products with SPF 10-15 and add them into your morning styling routine. We recommend Oribe’s SuperShine Moisturizing Cream, SuperShine Light Moisturizing Cream, Balm d'Or, Curl By Definition Creme.
Cover It Up
Put on a hat or a head scarf. While the recommendation to cover up on sunny days may have many of us rolling our eyes, it really is solid advice. Covering your head will prevent damage to the hair, help you avoid painful sunburns on the scalp and face, and give your eyes a break from the harsh light. Protecting your mane can still be cute. Look for floppy sun hats, stylish takes on standard ball caps, and colorful scarves for showing off poolside.
Bring Dry Hair Back to Life
After spending time in the sun, your hair will probably feel dry and damaged in addition to looking frizzy. Weekly deep conditioning treatments can bring it back to the healthy, shiny look you love. Look for a deep conditioning product that contains keratin, the protein found in hair, which will repair damage. Most damage from the sun and chlorine will be done to the ends of the hair, so consider getting a trim periodically to keep hair looking healthy.
If you are going to get in a pool, make sure your hair is wet. We also suggest leaving a deep conditioner, such as Oribe’s Gold Lust Masque, Signature Moisture Masque or the Beautiful Color Masque, in your hair when you are out in the sun for a long period of time. Wet hair with a layer of protection is less likely to absorb chlorine. Oribe’s brand-new Deep Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner helps protect your hair against chlorine and the sun’s rays.
Whether you're spending time swimming in the sea or sunning by the pool, summer weather can be tough on hair. Get your pre-season cut and color, along with more tips for protecting your hair from the sun when you make an appointment with the stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Whether you're relaxing at the pool or living it up at a snazzy beach party, make sure you have the right hairdo for the occasion with our braid meter!
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.