With the sun shining bright and summer in full swing, it’s essential to protect your hair from the damaging effects of sun exposure, saltwater, and chlorine. Check out our tips and tricks to shield your locks from the summer elements and maintain luscious, gorgeous hair all season long.
1. Pre-Sun Prep: Before stepping out into the sun, apply a leave-in conditioner with UV protection, such as Oribe’s Invisible Defense Spray. This shields your hair from harmful sun rays, preventing dryness, color fading, and breakage. Additionally, wearing a wide-brimmed hat or a stylish scarf can provide extra protection for your scalp and hair.
2. Rinse Before Swimming: Before taking a dip in the pool or ocean, rinse your hair with fresh water. Wetting your hair beforehand helps minimize its absorption of chlorine or saltwater, reducing potential damage. Applying a small amount of leave-in conditioner, like Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream, gives your locks additional protection and hydration throughout the day as well.
3. Protect with a Swim Cap: For avid swimmers or freshly-colored clients, investing in a high-quality swim cap is an excellent way to preserve your color and shield from chlorine or saltwater. A well-fitting cap ensures minimal contact between your hair and the water, preserving its natural moisture and preventing chemical absorption.
4. Post-Swim Care: After swimming, rinse your hair well with fresh water to remove any residual chlorine or salt. Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo, like Virtue’s Recovery Shampoo, to cleanse and replenish moisture. Don’t be afraid to shampoo twice! Then, follow up with a nourishing conditioner or hair mask to restore hydration and help repair any damage caused by the elements.
5. Deep Conditioning Treatments: Regular deep conditioning treatments are crucial during the summer months. Integrate a hydrating hair mask or treatment into your routine to replenish lost moisture and repair your strands. We highly recommend Kérastase Fusio-Doses, which are customizable in-salon treatments that provide instant and lasting hydration.
6. Minimize Heat Styling: To reduce the risk of further damage, minimize heat styling during the summer. Embrace your natural hair texture and opt for effortless, heat-free styles such as braids, updos, or loose beach waves. When heat styling is necessary, apply a heat protectant spray (we love Oribe’s Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray and Virtue’s Un-Frizz Cream) to shield your hair from heat damage.
7. Regular Trims: Keep your hair healthy and free from split ends by scheduling regular trims at Sky Parlor Salon. Trimming every 6-8 weeks helps maintain hair health, prevent breakage, and promote growth, leaving you with fresh and vibrant locks throughout the summer.
By following these tips, you can protect your hair from sun, saltwater, and chlorine damage while enjoying the best of the summer season. Remember to invest in quality products, establish a nourishing routine, and visit Sky Parlor Salon for professional guidance and personalized care. Let your hair shine and radiate confidence all summer long!