How to Protect Your Hair From Sun Damage This Summer

Whether you’re here in Idaho or on vacation, summer is here. That means endless activities to do outside. Breathing the fresh air and feeling the sun shining down on your face every day are some things that you look forward to when you wake up. However, with that summer sun can either mean extra dry hair or missing out on fun things going on outside, but don’t worry! We at Elevate Salon Institute (ESI), Chubbuck are here to help! We have some easy tips that you can apply all summer long to keep that hair healthy and enjoy being outside.

Wear a Hat

red head woman in a hat and dress surrounded in  a field of sunflowers.

One way to protect your hair this summer is by simply throwing on a hat. Wearing a hat can minimize the contact your hair has with those harmful and hair damaging UV rays. One choice could be a baseball cap with your hair in a ponytail. This is a good choice if you want to simply protect the top of your hair. If you want extra protection, then another choice could be a low bun with a wide brim fedora or a big floppy hat which can protect not only your hair but also your face and neck. Check out these other options for covering your hair this summer!

Drink More Water

Being out in the sun can also drain your energy and give you a constant need to drink water. You might think that drinking water only increases your energy and hydrates your skin, but there’s another benefit: your hair! A key to protecting your hair during the summer is making sure you drink extra water to keep your hair from getting dry and brittle. A great option would be to take a bottle of water with you wherever you go during your summer fun. More water means more protection for you and your hair.

Limit Shampoo and Increase Conditioner

With the summer heat comes sweat and more showers, which might mean you are washing your hair every day. Shampooing daily is not recommended because shampoo can strip your hair of key proteins and nutrients. Instead, we suggest that you shampoo your hair every 3-4 days while simply using only warm water or not washing it at all on the other days. Doing so will help lock in the nutrients and keep your hair from getting dry. Conditioner, on the other hand, is good to use every day because it provides a protective barrier that helps your hair stay hydrated longer. Are you needing a good shampoo and conditioner that will keep your hair feeling smooth and silky? At ESI Chubbuck we carry a variety of L’Oréal products. Stop by and let one of our student stylists* help you find the product that’s right for you!

No Heat

During the summer, you get a lot of heat on your hair from the sun even when you do your best to protect it. Because of this, a wise tip would be to cut out the use of any hot tools on your hair such as straighteners, curling irons, or blow dryers. One alternative would be to air dry after getting out of the shower, pool, or ocean. Letting your hair dry in its natural way with its natural texture will minimize sun damage and keep nutrients in.

If you get tired of air-drying your hair, applying some mousse to curly hair can get rid of potential frizziness and putting hair in braids can give straight hair some no-heat curls with added volume. It might be hard to say no to heat but your hair will definitely thank you for it!

Get Regular Haircuts

red head woman getting hair trimmed at salon

Whether it’s a little trim or a drastic cut, getting a cut regularly is super important to reducing split ends and maintaining healthy hair for the summer. If your hair becomes severely damaged, the most effective way to get it healthy again is to cut if off and let it regrow. If you don’t want to chop off a lot at the end of summer, a great trick is to get regular trims throughout the summer.

Don’t let the fear of damaged hair keep you from having fun. Although Idaho has a hot and dry climate, all of these natural tips can help you keep the nutrients locked in and hydrate your hair so you can enjoy your summer.

Needing a Haircut for Summer?

Our student salon training area can help! Please call 208-232-9170 to speak with a student stylist and book an appointment. *Services are performed by professionally trained students under the supervision of trained industry experts and educators. Come in today and we can give you that healthy trim to start your summer off right!

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