Loving the sun and having great looking, healthy hair doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. From colour-fade to frizz and dry ends, as the temperatures soar, its time to take action. We’ve put together our Ultimate Summer Hair Guide for taking care of hair in the sun…
The summer months provide us with much-needed vitamin D, which is vital for new hair growth as receptors in the hair follicles need feeding in the growing phase. Conversely, the sun can dry hair out. Hair is made up of three layers; the cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle is the outermost layer, composed of keratinised scales that protect the inner layers. This layer affects the appearance of the hair and keeping the cuticle hydrated is crucial in keeping hair hydrated. If over-dried, the shaft becomes brittle causing the cuticle to raise. Here are some of the tell-tale signs of dry hair:
- It’s not easy to comb or brush.
- Becomes matted at the ends
- It breaks easily
- Difficult to style
- Prone to frizz
- It’s dull
Summer Hair Guide: How to prevent Dry Hair in the Summer
If any of those tell-tale signs of dry hair sound familiar, taking some simple steps to counter dryness and protect hair from dryness will improve how your hair looks, how it feels and make it easier to style.
- Treat your hair like your skin and keep it hydrated so drink plenty of water.
- Split ends, if left unchecked, can work their way up the cuticle, leaving hair dull and unmanageable so invest in regular trims.
- Always use a good conditioner after shampooing your hair.
- Get into the habit of a weekly intensive hair treatment to hydrate dry hair.
- Keep heated styling to a minimum – turn down your hairdryer and ditch the straighteners. Warmer days, are the perfect time to let your hair air dry.
- And don’t forget that your hair is what you eat, so check your diet to make sure it’s really getting what it needs. What’s good for your skin is good for your hair.
Summer Hair Guide: Get most from Deep Conditioning Treatments
If you are already doing weekly hair mask treatments you are doing the best thing for dry hair. If you are not feeling the full benefits, or if you are about to embark on a routine of regular treatments, here’s how you can get the most from them.
- Always squeeze excess water out of your hair before application. Hair should be damp but not dripping wet.
- Less is more – good quality hair masks tend to be concentrated. Spending a bit more for a better quality product that goes a long way is often more economical in the long run.
- Work the product up in your palms before application. That way it’s easier to spread in the hair and you won’t end up with a concentration of product in one place.
- If your hair is thick and coarse, you can apply from root to tip, otherwise, just concentrate on mid-lengths and ends.
- We recommend leaving our Restore and Shine Hair Masque on for longer if you can. Ten minutes is enough to give your hair a boost but if you leave on for a few hours you will notice an even bigger difference. The secret is to leave it on for longer, not to use more product.
- Rinse well. When you take a hair mask off, unless the instructions specify, there’s no need to follow with shampoo. Just rinse, dry and style as normal.
- For maximum benefits, build a weekly routine.
Summer Hair Guide: Choose simple Styling Options for the Summer months
Keep Heated Styling to a Minimum
It’s hard to break free of the hairdryer but summer is the perfect time to let go of some old habits. Try letting your hair air dry for a change. For shorter and mid-length lengths, go for a more relaxed tousled look. You can use styling products to give you a better finish. And if you can’t let go of the hairdryer, put the setting on cool and reduce drying time. For longer locks, you can plait the hair whilst damp and release when dry for the ultimate relaxed hairstyle – beachy waves.
Use a Micro-Fibre Towel to Dry your Hair
Micro-fibre towels create less friction and therefore less breakage when hair is wet and at it’s most vulnerable. Remember, gently pat out the water when you dry and don’t rub. Treat your hair like a delicate fabric.
Check your Ingredients
Take a look at your styling products. If you see alcohol denat on the ingredients list then use it sparingly. Alcohol denat can be drying for hair so less is definitely more. If you are using a spray, try spraying above the head (rather than directly on the hair) and let it fall gently on the hair. This is a very simple way of making sure you don’t overload the hair.
Summer Hair Guide: How to look after Colour-Treated Hair
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate Colour-Treated Hair
If your hair is colour-treated we are going to start with some tough love. For those using a colour-treatment with peroxide, the job of the peroxide is to open up the cuticle so that the hair can absorb the colour. If you are using a natural or organic alternative, chances are there is still an ingredient doing the same job. Opening up the cuticle makes hair fragile and easier to break. Hair becomes drier and, when exposed to sunlight, this exacerbates the dryness and leads to dull-looking hair or colour-fade. Caring for colour-treated hair in the sun is more of a challenge and here’s what we recommend.
- Shampoo and condition your hair with products that are developed for colour-treated hair. They have more nourishing ingredients to combat the effects of colour-treatment and they put moisture back into the hair which in turn helps to retain your colour for longer.
- Make Time for an Intensive Conditioner – The hair mask is our go-to product to pack moisture into the hair. If you have colour-treated hair this is an absolute must. Hair masks are designed to leave hair nourished, soft and shiny. The perfect antidote to colour treatments. We cannot stress enough how important it is to get into the habit of using a masque once a week on colour-treated hair. If you think you don’t have time, think again. Its the key to retaining your colour for longer.
- If the hair is excessively dry you can use a masque twice a week, particularly during the summer months and then revert back to once a week, once your hair is feeling more hydrated.
Summer Hair Guide: Get Volume in Fine Hair this summer without getting hot under the Hairdryer
If your hair is fine and prone to being flat you can create volume in the summer months without long stints under the hairdryer. Try the following techniques to avoid getting over-heated and experiment with some new styles.
Velcro rollers for Hair with Volume
Four velcro rollers should do it. Velcro rollers come in lots of different sizes. If you are not sure, try the 44ml self-grip rollers as a starting point. Start by washing and conditioning the hair, towel out the excess water. Spritz with volumiser and rough dry with the hairdryer. Apply rollers at an angle to make the roots sit up. Two at the crown and one at each side. Once the rollers are in place, use the hairdryer for a quick blast of heat, let the hair cool and gently remove the rollers. Heat changes the hair structure and when it cools the lift should hold. Push your hair into place with your fingers or a comb.
The Vent Brush is an alternative to the Velcro rollers. Practice the technique of working with this brush and it’s a great way to create hair with volume. Take a section of hair where you want to create lift, place the brush at the end of the hair, roll down to roots. Blast the root area with the hairdryer for a few seconds, leave to cool and gently remove the brush.
A Fine Tooth Comb
Use a fine tooth comb to gently back-comb the hair at the crown or the sides, wherever you want to create lift. Don’t go right to the roots, position the comb about half an inch away, ensuring you back-comb in small sections, being as gentle as possible.
Summer Hair Guide: How to get rid of Frizz for Beautiful Curly Hair
What about the Frizz?
We believe that curly hair and frizz don’t have to go hand in hand. Hair that is frizzy is crying out for moisture. So the answer is to keep hair well-hydrated. We know that can be easier said than done. With over 35 years in hairdressing, we’ve worked with many curls and we believe that with the right approach, your curls can be your crowning glory. So if you want to show off your gorgeous curls this summer, here’s what we suggest…
Learn to Love Your Curls
This is an absolute essential. If you find yourself longing for straight hair, its time to think again. There is so much to love about curly hair. It has a natural body and bounce. Ask your straight-haired friends what they would most love to change about their hair – body and volume is probably the answer. You can get away without spending hours underneath the hairdryer. And if you go for it, curly hair worn with attitude is a style statement. It truly can be your best accessory.
Get the Right Foundation
So you’re committed to your curls, what’s next? The first thing is to choose the right products for your hair. Curly hair needs products that deliver moisture. Check your ingredients. Shampoos and conditioners with high levels of emollients work well with curly hair. Look out for pro-vitamin B5, glycerin, olive leaf and protein. Cetearyl alcohol is another great ingredient for curly hair. Don’t be fooled by the name. This alcohol is good for the hair. It’s a fatty alcohol with a white, waxy texture used in skin creams for its soothing properties. Basically, you are looking for products that feed the hair with moisture.
Own your Routine
In our years of looking after curly hair, we can’t stress this enough. You need to find a routine that works for you. Whether you wash your hair once a week, twice a week or even every other day, it’s really up to you. The trick is to see how your hair responds. So for example, if you are washing and conditioning your hair once a week but you find it is still dry, trying washing and conditioning more frequently.
We can almost hear the sharp intake of breath! We know that there’s plenty of advice out there saying that washing often is bad for the hair. Well, we don’t agree. We believe that washing hair with harsh detergents is bad for the hair. Choose a gentle shampoo and a good hydrating conditioner and its not a problem. Hair is like the skin. If your skin was dry, would you moisturise it less? Probably not. Our advice – take notice of what your hair is telling you and adapt your routine accordingly.
Get the right cut for curly hair and you will never want to tie it up again. Find a hairdresser who loves curls and make sure you have a consultation before going for the chop. A consultation is a great way of understanding the approach your stylist will take. Don’t be afraid to get regular trims, straggly ends will cramp your style!
Keep up the Moisture
The hair masque is our go-to product to pack moisture into the hair. It touches the parts that conditioners don’t reach. If you have curly hair this is an absolute must. Masques are designed to leave hair nourished, soft and shiny. We cannot stress enough how important it is to get into the habit of using a masque once a week on curly hair. If you think you don’t have time, think again. Its the key to banishing the frizz. Still, don’t think you have time? Check out our blog No Time for a Hair Mask?
And by the way, if your hair is excessively dry you can use a masque twice a week, particularly during the summer months and then revert back to once a week, once your hair is feeling more hydrated.
Don’t forget to maintain hydration in between washes. Mix a small amount of conditioner or hair masque with a little water and feed into your curls for a quick refresh.
Summer Hair Guide: Suitcase Essentials
And finally, we’ve come up with our top suitcase essentials for keeping your hair looking and feeling great this summer.
- Pins, clips and bands are handy for plaiting, ponies, up-dos and topknots to add fun to your look. They can work from poolside glamour to sunset chic. Plus they save you from the tyranny of the daily blow-dry. For updos, you simply need to rough dry prior to styling or you can style on dry hair.
- Velcro rollers – pack 3 or 4 of them and follow our tips above.
- A Mason Pearson brush is great for holiday hair care. Turn the volume up by back-brushing hair, especially when wearing it up. Use a vent brush for shorter styles to create body and build in volume by pushing the roots up with the brush.
- Hat – A hat is not only a style essential for long summer days, but it’s also a hair essential. Wear your hat to avoid the intensity of the sun’s rays, particularly between midday and 3 pm.
- Styling Mist for Natural Hold and a Glossy Finish – This little beauty is more than just a styling product. It also works as a leave-conditioner. It contains Sugar Beet an ingredient that helps the hair to retain moisture, working alongside keratin and argan oil to nourish and repair dry hair. We love how soft and silky hair feels after using this lovely mist.
- Headscarf – We were in Paris recently and the headscarf is oh so chic! It’s very much the hair accessory of the summer. They can be used to dress long or short hair. Wrapping your hair in a headscarf is a great way of protecting your hair whilst showing off your fashion credentials.
- Restore and Shine Hair Masque 50ml – Do not leave home without it. If you have dry hair this is your go-to product. This little pot of sunshine will leave your hair nourished, soft and shiny. We recommend using it once a week but if your hair is excessively dry you can use twice a week during the summer months.
Poolside tip to prevent Dry Hair in the Sun
The Restore and Shine Hair Masque is our favourite poolside product. Shampoo your hair in the morning. Rinse. Towel out excess water. Apply the masque and slick hair back, for a pool-ready look. You can leave it on all day – don’t forget your swimming cap if you are going for a dip! In the evening simply rinse and you’ll be amazed at how easy your hair is to style.
And by the way, we’ve fallen in love with swimming caps lately. We love retro florals. Not not only do they give a touch of old-school Hollywood glamour, if you enjoy splashing about, but they also keep hair safe from drying chlorine and salt. Not convinced? Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.
Got a question about how to take care of your hair this summer?
Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. As a niche brand, we are passionate about our products and delivering the best results is at the heart of what we do. If you have any questions about our products, would like advice on the best products for your hair type, or have another question about avoiding dry hair this summer, please get in touch at email@example.com