5 summer hair care tips for healthy, shiny, and long hair

Love the summer but hate what it does to your hair? Luckily for you, we’ve created a list of suggestions and hair care tips that can help you enjoy luscious locks during the summer heat so that you can look and feel great. Plus, if you’re after some new hair products and accessories we’ve also got a LOOKFANTASTIC discount code you should try to pick up a fabulous bargain on your next online purchase. 

Protect your hair from the sun

One of the biggest factors that can affect your hair during the summer is the damage that direct sunlight can cause. Just as you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, it’s also necessary to shield your hair. There are lots of different ways you can do this, such as covering up with a hat or scarf or using hair care products that contain a UV filter. There are various options on the market when it comes to protecting your hair, but if you prefer, a wide-brimmed hat is also a great choice as it will protect your face from the sun too

Start with a new style

Before you hit the beach or head off on holiday this summer, it’s a good idea to get a haircut. This will mean that you can get rid of any split ends or damaged hair and give yourself the best start towards healthy and shiny hair all summer long. You may also want to go for a new style, and something slightly shorter and more manageable will help you maintain your hairstyle even during the hottest weather. 

Select Shampoo & Conditioner carefully

Depending on the climate where you live, or the location of your summer holiday, your hair may have various challenges to face during the summer months, such as humidity, sweat, heat, and sun damage. You may also find that due to a combination of these factors, you will inevitably end up washing your hair more often than usual. This is why it’s important to carefully select quality shampoos and conditioners that will help your hair recover from these conditions and replace any moisture that your hair and scalp will lose with moisturizing and conditioning products and treatments.

Take care in the water

Swimming in the sea or in swimming pools can definitely have a damaging effect on your hair. Both salt and chlorine are likely to dry out your hair and could even cause long-term damage. You could consider using a leave-in conditioner before you get into the water to retain a layer of protection, and it’s also recommended to rinse your hair thoroughly with clean water after swimming. 

Avoid hot tools

Take advantage of the summer to give your hair a break from hair dryers, straightening irons, curling tongs, or any other kind of heat-based hair tools. One of the advantages of warm weather is that you probably won’t need to use a hair dryer because you can let your hair dry naturally. If frizz is a problem for you, try some different anti-frizz oils or serums to combat any unwanted frizz, or you may find that a simple leave-in conditioner in your naturally dried hair will create a perfect beach wave style. 

One final tip – don’t underestimate the British weather! You may be hoping for a heat wave this summer, especially if you’re not planning on going abroad but don’t forget that the UK sun can be just as powerful as faraway shores. If you’re staying at home or holidaying in the UK you should remember to take all the necessary safety precautions that you would anywhere else. For more information, check out the official NHS guidelines