The idea of hot summer days and humid summer nights are so much more idyllic in your memory than in reality. Because we all know IRL, summer is cruel to our hair. If you’re not fighting the frizz, you’re tackling sweaty bangs, and if you’re not having a go at either of those, your hair is drying to a crisp with no hope of it ever feeling glossy again.
Instead of enjoying beachy waves, most of our summer is spent trying to tame our locks for pictures so we can actually remember the summer as a good one, and not ‘the one with the bad hair month.’ Summer hair issues are real, but they can be solved. See eight of the most common summer hair problems with a kryptonite to weaken them.
Frizz is the number one hair issue that everyone has to battle with at some point. No matter your hair length, type, or colour, frizz will always find you. And if you have curly or wavy hair, you’ll know the frizz visits are a lot more frequent during the summer heat and humidity. But there is an antidote that doesn’t involve blow drying your hair into submission. Plenty of moisture and hydration that lasts will keep frizz at bay. Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel protects hair from humidity frizz by sealing the cuticle to lock in moisture and prevent humidity from getting in.
You may have already accepted that greasy hair is just part and parcel of the summer. Being outside in the heat, humidity, and wind can leave you hair knotty, sweaty, and with a greasy scalp. And that’s not even mentioning the whole sunscreen from the face and neck making its way to your hair. All you need to know is that you don’t have to break your hair washing schedule to keep it looking fresh. Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo uses charcoal to draw out oils and impurities to leave hair cleansed and refreshed.
Flat and Limp Locks
As much as we love the summer heat, fine hair types will find the whole situation hard to handle. The weight of humidity and moisture is enough to bring even the bounciest of blow drys crashing down and that’s enough to ruin anyone’s summer. Finer hair just needs a little more support to keep up its strength and volume. The Urban Waves Natural Hair Texturiser from Beached adds texture and hydration to the hair so it can’t hold any more moisture from the air. The spray helps to hold volume and waves without that crunchy feel.
Everything about summer that is fun will likely ruin your salon fresh colour. That’s the hard truth. Chlorine in pools, salt in the sea, the sun, and sweat are just the ingredients you need if you want to fade your £100 highlights. Now you have two options: wear a swimmers cap that will keep your hair looking fresh but may ruin every holiday picture you take, or you can haul Matrix’s Total Results Keep Me Vivid Shampoo which will maintain colour vibrancy and give you Insta grid-worthy beach pictures. Your choice…
There is nothing that ruins a nice day out in the sun like seeing a picture of yourself with a sweaty, stringy fringe. Hey, you’re not doing anything wrong; if you want to play rounders in the park with your friends and maintain a perfect fringe, then you should be able to. But you should probably put together a fringe SOS kit just in case. Packing a fine-tooth comb and Neighbourhood Botanicals’ Sunday Morning Dry Shampoo in your day bag will cease sweaty bangs from existing. The dry shampoo absorbs excess oils, neutralises odour, and adds volume without that heavy, chalky residue.
Not all hair suffers at the hands of humidity and sweat. Owners of dry hair will know the sun can be pretty harsh in drying the hair into brittle submission. We hear your plight; all you want in the summer is glossy locks, a temperature over 20 degrees, and an iconic song that you’ll always place back to that summer. That’s really not too much to ask, but we can only control one of those things, unless one of you has Rihanna’s number. Until then, aēsop’s Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque intensely conditions dry and fragile hair, restoring smoothness and shine.
The sun can and will cause havoc if you don’t protect yourself from its harmful rays, and this includes your hair and scalp. The sun is an expert at breaking down the bonds that make the keratin that keeps your hair strong, meaning weaker hair and fading colour. It will also have a pretty good go at burning your scalp if left exposed for too long, making brushing your hair practically torture. amika The Shield Anti-Humidity Spray not only keeps frizz at bay for 24-hours but protects the hair against pollution and UV rays. Two summer hair issues solved for the price of one.
Breakage and Split Ends
Split ends and breakage can happen at any time during the year and are sadly a fact of life. But the summer does put your hair under some serious stress – sun damage, heat styling damage, sweat, extra washing, extra product. The list goes on so who could blame it for breaking and splitting? Plus, it’s well known that the hair naturally sheds in the summer (Google: seasonal shedding!) so we really can’t be risking letting any more precious hairs go. Olaplex’s iconic No.6 Bond Smoother strengthens, hydrates, moisturises, and eliminates frizz for up to 72 hours. The hair equivalent of a spa retreat.