5 SUMMER HAIR PROBLEMS (& HOW TO ELIMINATE THEM)

When most people think about the warm-weather season, they think about the beach, awesome trips, summer love and favorite outfits. But if you work with hair, you tend to think about the not-so-great aspects of summer—think problems that sun, sand, pools and hot weather can wreak on your poor locks. To put it bluntly: for hair, summer can be a bummer.

But there’s no reason to let that ruin the best months of the year. We’re going to let you in on our secrets to keeping tresses looking, feeling and behaving beautifully even when the days are longer and hotter than ever. Here’s our breakdown of the 5 biggest problems that summer can create for hair and how to avoid them.

 

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HEAT DAMAGE

Flat irons and blow-dryers cause heat damage all year long. But in the summer, your poor hair gets the one-two punch of heat styling plus strong sunlight. That can lead to damage and dryness, faded color, and a higher propensity for frizz. To fight back, make these products your hot-weather mainstays.

Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil is like a spray-on sunblock for your hair that offers broad-spectrum protection from UV rays, as it shields your hair with an invisible layer of moisture. It prevents color fading and dryness, and smells delish (like oranges and lemons!).

If your hair’s already damaged, fix it with Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, a leave-in treatment that adds extra thermal protection and actually repairs the broken hair shaft with the healing power of quinoa. (Yep, it’s good for you inside AND out.)

Once a week (or more, depending on the condition of your hair), hit it with Aveda’s Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque, which restores sun-exposed hair, moisturizes, and helps defend against free radicals. After styling, a few drops of Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil save parched locks like no other.

 

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COLOR FADING

 Speaking of color, UV rays are notorious for fading your shade. If you’re keen on protecting your hair color investment — and you should be — keeping your hair out of the sun should top your list of beauty priorities. A physical barrier is best: think cute hats that don’t tug on your tresses. Not a hat person? Try the invisible protection of the water-resistant Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, mentioned above.

 For all-around color care, nothing is better than Aveda’s Color Conserve line. You can use its shampoo and conditioner all summer long to keep your color fresh, and for extra oomph, apply Color Conserve Conditioning Treatment once a week to seal the cuticle and further protect your color. 

 FRIZZ

 Is humidity turning your luscious locks into a frizzy mess? Atmospheric moisture lifts the outer hair cuticle up and out, creating frizz. If your hair’s a bit on the dry side — which it tends to be during summer months, as we’ve mentioned — that makes the problem worse. “Frizz happens when your hair is on the hunt for moisture,” says Tippi Shorter, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair.

Start with your hair itself: a good cut is essential to keeping your hair as frizz-free as possible. Then review your hair products. Do any of them contain alcohol? If the answer is yes, ditch them.

What you should use: products from Aveda’s Be Curly line, which replaces frizz with shiny, defined curls. (Be Curly CoWash is one of our favorites — it’s a low-lather cleansing conditioner that’s like putting your curls on the delicate cycle.) If you’d prefer sleek and silky, then you want Aveda’s Smooth Infusion line. Especially potent is Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, a styling creme that straightens hair progressively with each use, using organic cassava root to form a barrier against humidity. 

CHEMICAL/ MINERAL-DAMAGE

When it comes to summertime chemical damage, pool chlorine is the first offender the springs to mind. However, while water with a high mineral content (“hard” water) is a lesser-known bad guy — it’s a bad guy nonetheless. (PSA: Water in many cities in southern California is considered hard, due to high amounts of iron, calcium and magnesium leaching into our water systems.)

During a time of the year when the sun is likely to amp up existing dryness and damage (see above), chemical and mineral issues go from bad to worse. To combat, introduce a clarifying shampoo to your regimen—to be used sparingly or after a dip in the pool. We love the color-safe Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser, which gently removes chlorine, salt and products build-up without interrupting your hair’s moisture balance.

To go the extra mile, add on this pre-water ritual: before swimming in any body of water (natural or man-made), slather dry locks with a good everyday conditioner. It saturates the hair so that the drying, damaging chemicals can’t get in. 

  1. LIMP/ FLAT hair:

 

The flipside of the humidity conundrum? When damp conditions hijack fine hair and rob it of body and volume.

Coping with fine hair during the summer months requires a delicate balancing act: too much moisture and hair gets greasy and limp; not enough and its prone to dullness and breakage. To avoid the former issue, wash with a shampoo that removes surface oils without stripping your hair: Aveda’s Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo is our pick (its corresponding Scalp Benefits Conditioner rocks for nourishing hair without buildup). Take care when applying your conditioner to focus on the ends only—your roots should be just fine without it.

To avoid the latter, be extra vigilant about damaging or breaking hair (for example, by not brushing hair when it’s wet, and going easy on high-heat styling). We can start combatting this in-salon with strategic cut and color techniques to create volume and fullness. You can keep the good work going at home by skipping styling—an air dry-friendly product like Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme can help with that.

You can also cut down on washes by reaching for Shampure Dry Shampoo, and build up some bulk with protein-depositing lines like Damage Remedy and Pure Abundance.

A little knowledge and the right styles and products make the difference between hating your hair this summer, and flaunting it! Obviously, flaunting is way more fun.