With every changing season, there always seems to be a new way to change your hairstyle, hair color, and even hair care routine. Maybe you’ll want to slap on a beanie in the winter, cut it short for the summer, or let it grow out and flow in the fall breeze. But with every new ’do comes the risk of something going wrong—like dandruff, break offs, and even residue. But worry not—here are a few ways to change your hair care routine, just in time for the summer season.
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Hydration is Key
Summer heat means dehydration. To keep your hair as hydrated as you do your body, you can add an oil or serum to your shampoo and conditioner. Specifically, this is best used to quench the dry ends of your hair. And, to add a bit of style to your new routine, you even can try braiding your hair with the serum. Not only is this a fun look, but it's also a great way to lock in the moisture and protection that dry hair craves. For something oil-based, you can try the Moroccan Oil Treatment. With its antioxidant rich argan oil and strengthening proteins, not only does it speed up the drying time, but it also helps to restore and revive hair from damage done by shampoo chemicals, cold compresses, perms, and even environmental factors. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more serum-based, take a chance on TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum. Being light, greaseless, and humidity resistant, TIGI delivers a glossy and beautiful finish while offering the benefit of thermal protection.
When the summer heat is playing its usual cruel tricks on your body and hair—from dehydration and sunburns on your body, to excessive breakage and split ends on your hair—you can use a favorite hair oil with your usual treatment. This way, you leave your hair nourished, protected, and with a revitalized healthy boost.
Beat the Beach Blues
For those long days at the beach, you want to make sure you protect your hair from the harsh effects of nature. As soon as you step out of the ocean and your hair is soaked with salt water, be sure to add in a deep conditioning treatment and tie it into a loose braid. This way, when it comes time to wash your hair at home, the added nourishment will come in handy. You won’t have to worry about all those annoying knots!
With a deep conditioner treatment, the hair shaft is penetrated, allowing for stronger and more moisturized hair. Two products that get this done right the first time are Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. When you use Aussie you can expect silky, wavy hair in 3 minutes, maintained by a hydrating formula mingled with Australian Aloe, Jojoba, and Sea Kelp.
Meanwhile, the Shea Moisture acts as a leave-in or rinse-out conditioner that works from roots to ends to moisturize and fortify all kinds of damaged hair. Everything from dry, damaged, or even transitioning hair is transformed with the Shea Moisture Conditioner.
Switch Up your Shampoo Routine
It’s not abnormal to struggle with washing your hair in the summertime, a time of year when everyone is much more active. So, for those days when your shampoo routine results in a look that’s subpar, try a dry shampoo for your roots. You can spray it on either freshly clean wet hair, or blowed-out, dry hair to have a bit more fullness and volume. When you use dry shampoo, the natural oils of the hair will stay locked in while the residue gets kicked out—it’s a great solution!
Like everything in life, hair care routines crave a little change every now and again. And sometimes your scalp could need a massive overhaul for the sake of either maintaining a natural look, or even developing a more elaborate style to switch things up. And when the opportunity for that overhaul knocks at your door, be sure to let it in. Don’t be afraid of some new products and habits!
Briyahna Rice is a 20 year old college student studying Mass Communication at Five Towns College. Her favorite movie is Black Panther and in five years, you can find her publishing her first book. This will be a horror novel about human monsters. She steps up for a world where people can live their own dreams, not someone else’s.