At last, it’s the time of year that beckons impromptu road trips, patio lunch gatherings and weekends lounging poolside. Yet summer sun, heat and humidity can do a real number on your hair, no matter if it’s stick straight or curls galore. A morning blowout can turn into a blowup in no time, while slicked back and sleek may look more like an oil spill. How to handle it all without breaking a sweat? Our tips, henceforth.
Ride the wave – Whether male or female, long hair, medium or short, put down the styling tools and embrace your natural waves. Heated flatirons, pomades and sprays can be left on the bathroom counter in the carefree summertime, especially on weekends, and should be if you have even a trace of wave in your hair. Air-drying is great for your hair’s health (OK, a touch of mousse or spray gel to keep some control is fine) and the sexy, beach-y results are always on trend.
Fight the frizz – Well-maintained, healthy hair in top condition is your best defense against the dreaded summer frizz. That means keeping your hair and scalp super clean, followed by an adhered-to moisturizing regimen. Renessence Follicle Forever Strengthening Shampoo is a gentle cleanser that removes harmful scalp debris (dead cells, oil, sebum and product buildup) while our Thickening Conditioner delivers essential nutrients to the hair for superior volume, shine and manageability.
Pull resistance – It’s a summer no-brainer to grab a band and pull your hair back into a ponytail. From a beach topknot, slick and high for a night out, to the everywhere millennial man bun, it’s the easiest look to sport. But be careful because we’re here to tell you that a pony can cause damage. Avoid making it super tight, and never when wet, as this excessively pulls the hair, causing breakage and in extreme cases permanent hair loss known as traction alopecia. (If you’re experiencing this, try our anti-thinning Follicle Forever Renewal Serum.)
Take cover – When spending a considerable amount of time in the summer sun, covering your head completely is the best way to protect your hair and scalp from damaging UV rays. And with an array of options, from the classic canvas bucket, a fashionable straw fedora, to the easy peasy cotton baseball cap, you’ll look cool while beating the heat as you reward your hair and scalp with some downtime from the sizzle. However, keep in mind with certain straw hats the sun can still penetrate through, so wear a protective SPF hair product underneath.