With more than 30 years of styling under her belt, Teri Claiborne, from Claiborne’s Salon and Spa, knows a thing or two about summer hair survival. Here, she dishes on five sure-fire ways to hydrate, protect and fortify your tresses through the most sizzling summer months.
Give it a Break: Your hair undergoes enough heat as it is during the summer months. Commit to giving your hair a few days off from blow-drying and heat styling each week. Instead, try some of the season’s casual braids, buns and ponytails. Just be sure to opt for hair accessories that gently hold the hair, like a thicker, cloth elastic versus a rubber band.
Oil Up: Natural oils, like coconut, avocado and macadamia nut oil, don’t contain silicone like a lot of conditioners, so they absorb into each hair strand instead of sitting on the surface. To fortify dry tresses, once a week, mix a teaspoon of one of these oils with your conditioner and leave on for five minutes before rinsing. Integrating foods with fatty acids in them, like fish, nuts and seeds, into your diet will work the same magic on your hair from the inside as well.
Put a Cap on it: A physical barrier between your hair and the sun’s rays is better than any SPF on the market. Maintain your hair’s moisture, color and overall health by wearing a hat, preferably one with a rim that goes all the way around.
Keep it Trim: Feel like your hair is growing faster than ever? It’s not just in your head. More of your hairs are in the growing stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter. To keep split ends at bay and to keep your style fresh, increase the frequency of your haircuts to once every four weeks.
Make Friends with Moisture: Give your hair added hydration by switching to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for the summer. For fine hair, just make sure that you choose a product that isn’t too heavy, as it can weigh down your hair. Also, consider alternating a moisturizing conditioner with your regular conditioner if it’s still too heavy.