The Dos & Don’ts of Healthy Summer Hair

Even though we love the way beachy hair looks, the odds are stacked against our hair during the summer months. Frizz is at its peak. Salt, sand and chlorine will do damage to even the healthiest of strands. Sun can bleach the color and dry out the hair shaft.

So how do we balance being out in the weather we love and maintaining a healthy head of hair? Besides hiding under a hat for the duration of the summer, there are some easy ways to maintain the health of the hair shaft all summer long. Try these five simple tricks and you won’t have to chop your hair come fall. Or skip all of these products and opt for a hair blowout instead.

Find a hair SPF

If you use SPF all over your face and body, why wouldn’t you want to do the same for your hair? If you’re spending hundreds of dollars on hair color, you might as well maintain its integrity with a hair SPF. Find a formula that protects against the sun’s rays as well as heat styling.
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Embrace braids (or buns)

Avoid heat styling in the summer and your hair will thank you. The key to great summer hair is embracing some fabulous updos that you can create in mere minutes. A simple braid or bun not only gets your hair out of your face, but it can protect strands from heat or sun damage.

Dry shampoo is your friend

When it’s hot and sticky out, the temptation is there to over-wash your hair. Over-washing will only compound the stripping of the hair that occurs when you’re swimming in a pool or at the beach. Rather than washing every day during the summer, try a dry shampoo that allows you to skip a wash or two. During the summertime, opt for a lightweight formula like R+Co’s Spiritualized Dry Shampoo Mist. The micellar water-inspired formula will keep the hair from falling limp in summer months, and it will keep the hair feeling clean.  
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Always rinse after a dip

Everyone loves beautiful, beachy waves after a dip in the ocean, but rinsing the salt water and sand from your hair is non-negotiable (the same goes for chlorinated pool water). Rinsing the hair and scalp after taking a dip will help maintain the integrity of the hair, keeping it from getting too brittle or dry. If you must wash your hair after every dip, rather than a shampoo full of sulfates that can strip the hair, try co-washing instead. This method of using a non-foaming cleanser will keep the hair clean without stripping it of its natural moisture.
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Banish build-up

An apple cider vinegar rinse, whether homemade or store-bought, can help banish build-up caused by salt, sand or chlorine (and even our beloved dry shampoo). An ACV rinse every week or every other week will not only prevent build-up but keep the scalp pH healthy as well.
Buy it now: dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse from Sephora, $35

Lisa Bensley is the founder of BeautyByBenz, a health and beauty blog that is really just an excuse to buy too much makeup. When she is not writing, she's probably boxing, obsessing over her Dachshund, Stanley, reading, or binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. Follow her (and Stanley's) antics on Instagram.