7 Tips for Hydrating Hair in the Summer

 

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7 Tips for Hydrating Hair in the Summer

Hair damage can creep up on us when the weather gets warmer, making once hydrated hair feel dry, dull or brittle. Fortunately, understanding how to achieve shine and bounce and how to keep hair moisturised in the summer months is simpler than you might expect.

You don’t need to accept sun damaged hair or make drastic changes to your hair style – hasty chops included! Instead, there are easy product swaps and technique tweaks for hair hydration treatment when you need it the most. Read on to discover how to keep hair hydrated in summer.

What causes sun damaged hair?

Summer may be the preferred season of many, but it can wreak havoc on our bodies – especially our skin and hair. There are several reasons why your hair becomes dry and brittle during the warmer months. A major contributing factor is sun damage. We’re outside more frequently in summer, and UV exposure harms the shafts of even the most looked-after locks.

Each strand of hair consists of several layers. On the outside, there’s the ‘cuticle’ that seals in natural oils and appears flat when healthy. These oils – known as sebum – act as a natural protectant for the hair.

Sun contact strips your hair of sebum – motivating frizz, dryness and breakage. The warmer months also call for regular swim sessions, increasing the frequency of washing and further leaving hair dry and brittle. 

If your fix for summer frizz so far has been to reach for a styling tool, we have bad news for you. The extreme heat from your favourite hair straightener adds stress and worsens the effects of sun damaged hair. Fortunately, with the proper steps, you can perfect how to moisturise dry hair for long-term bounce and flow.

Hydrating hair routine for every type

Regardless of your hair type, there are universal and simplified steps to keep hair hydrated during the warmer months. While we can’t control the weather, we can control our hair care routine. Here are our tips on how to keep your hair moisturised in the heat of summer and the right products to hydrate hair with.

1. Cover your hair when possible

When the weather starts to warm up, we’re quick to get outside and enjoy the sun. Wearing a hat while you’re working out, sitting on the beach or going for a walk can minimise strand dehydration. Alongside this, you’ll be helping to protect the skin on your scalp and face from harmful UV radiation. Covering hair in certain water types can also do a lot for hydrated hair. If you’re regularly swimming in salt water or chlorinated pools, consider a swimming cap to further ensure strength and health.  

2. Let your hair air dry and remember to rinse

Blow drying your hair over the warmer months can exacerbate the already intense heat that it experiences day-to-day. When possible, let your hair air dry. This helps to reduce frizz and reserves heated tools for styling only. It’s warmer – so you may as well take advantage of quicker drying! After swimming, don’t forget to give your hair a rinse. Chlorine and saltwater can dry your hair out if it sits for too long. A fresh, cool water rinse will help to remove the layer of chlorine or salt build-up, and let your hair restore its natural moisture barrier.

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3. Apply a hair mask to dry

When looking for products to hydrate hair, few steps are as nourishing as a hair mask. Hair masks are the ideal hair treatment for summer, as they apply intense levels of moisture and can be utilised at home and quickly. Not only can a mask 1-2 times per week during summer help you restore dry hair, it can protect it from further damage. The Fructis Hair Food Smoothing Macadamia and Fructis Hair Food Nourishing Banana are 3-way masks specifically used to intensely moisturise dry and unruly hair. Take one with you when travelling for hair-salon level replenishment on-the-go.

 

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4. Choose products for your hair type

All hair types need a certain amount of moisture. Learning how to keep your specific hair type hydrated will help you maintain gloss and growth through the sunnier months. For frizzy, coarse or sun damaged hair, choose a nourishing shampoo and conditioner. The Fructis Nutri-Repair 3 Shampoo and Fructis Nutri-Repair 3 Conditioner contains three fruit oils, including olive oil, avocado oil and shea, to nourish dry hair.

5. Use a heat protectant spray

The extreme heat from the sun, plus the heat delivered by your styling tools can strip your hair of its natural moisture, resulting in brittle, dry hair. Thankfully, there are products to hydrate hair when styling so that you don’t have to sacrifice health for your favourite look. If heat styling is a part of your hair routine, always make sure to hydrate dry ends beforehand. As part of your hair hydration treatment, a heat protection spray is necessary when styling. We love Fructis Nutri-Repair 3 10-in-1 Leave in Cream – it creates a nourishing barrier that can withstand high levels of heat.

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6. Seal in moisture with a hair oil

In addition to your shampoo, conditioner and weekly hair mask, a hair oil is great hair treatment for summer. By implementing a hair oil like Fructis Miraculous Oil Leave-In Hair Treatment, instant nourishment can be both felt and seen. This leave-in oil hair treatment for dry hair has a non-greasy formula enriched with weightless fruit oil for quick absorption and instant nourishment. For frizz taming, Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum combines argan oil and Phyto-keratin to achieve 24/7 moisture.

7. Brush hair properly

It can be tempting to detangle hair immediately after a swim or wash. However, the layers of our hair are weakest when wet. While strands are wet they become elasticated, which makes them prone to stretching and breakage. Dry hair contains protective oils – so allow hair to dry fully before brushing. Overbrushing can also cause damage – so aim for a maximum of two brushes per day – or one if you can manage it!

Now you know how to keep your hair moisturised during the warmer months, learn how to fix dry, frizzy hair all year round! 

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