10 ways to good hair days all summer long

Your summer hair survival guide

marie claire Contributor / December 23 2016

Don’t let the sun, sand and surf turn your summer into one long bad hair day. Here’s 10 ways to ensure your hair is its gorgeous, glossy best this season.


Start weekly rehab sessions

Beach days can leave hair dry, so get into the habit of a weekly moisture infusion routine to keep strands supple and reduce breakage. Start with Bumble and bumble Bb Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque, followed by TRESemmé Botanique Restore & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner and finish with Klorane Leave-In Cream with Desert Date.

Bumble and bumble Bb Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque


Toss a Tangle Teezer in your beach bag

“Hair is more fragile when wet,” explains Charles Worthington ambassador Ken O’Rourke, who recommends gentle care with a wide-tooth comb or the classic Tangle Teezer.

Tangle Teezer


Invest in an UV spray

Sunlight is the enemy of chemically treated hair (especially blonde hair). “UV rays can strip colour and weaken the texture of the hair, leaving it frazzled,” says O’Rourke. Switch to a shampoo and conditioner with UV protection, and mist Charles Worthington Sunshine Protector Leave In Spray all over before leaving the house.

Charles Worthington Sunshine Protector Leave In Spray


Embrace your curls

Curls are having a moment, so if you’ve got them, don’t fight ’em. “Curly hair is so versatile, plus there is no need to blow-dry, so you’re saving time,” explains O’Rourke. Avoid touching your hair throughout the day, which can cause frizz, and keep curls well moisturised for maximum bounce. Try KMS California Curl Up Leave-In Conditioner.

KMS California Curl Up Leave-In Conditioner


Try a cleansing conditioner

Everything we love about summer – surf, sand, chlorine – also strips your hair of protein. “Cleansing conditioners cleanse and condition in one step, helping to balance and refresh hair without stripping or depleting natural oils and nutrients,” says O’Rourke. And they’re a space saver if you’re travelling. Try Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Medium Hair.

Matrix Biolage Cleansing Conditioner for Medium Hair


Cut back on tool time

Your hair is already exposed to a lot of heat, so give it a break with a few “tools-down” days. “If you are going to use heated styling equipment, invest in a high-quality tool that has variable heat options, and always use a heat protection spray to stop colour fade and further breakage,” says O’Rourke. A humidity shield such as Tigi Bed Head Straighten Out can also extend the life of your blow-out.

Tigi Bed Head Straighten Out


Soak your hair before going for a dip

“Water, along with sunlight and chlorine, is a key reason why your colour fades quicker in summer,” explains O’Rourke. Pre-pool, drench hair with fresh water to minimise chlorine absorption and coat with a light wax which acts as a barrier; post-pool, rinse right away. At home, reduce colour fade with Goldwell Kerasilk Color Shampoo and Conditioner.

Goldwell Kerasilk Color Shampoo


Refresh your topknot

The new way to wear this summer hairstyle: “Wrap a leather cord around the knot or weave through a braid,” suggests O’Rourke.


Learn to love gel again

Glossy wet-look hair minimises frizz and works on all types. For short hair, cover all over with gel. (Try Garnier Fructis Style Sculpting Gel) On long hair, combine mousse with serum and coat strands from root to tip. “Blow-dry hair backwards using a round bristle brush to create a smooth and sleek base, and if you have a part, use a comb to ensure it’s completely straight,” says O’Rourke. For extra shine, O’Rourke suggests applying an oil or serum with a toothbrush on styled hair.

Garnier Fructis Style Sculpting Gel


Use multiple texturisers

For a sun-baked effect that lasts through hot and humid days, start building texture in the shower with Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner before using your favourite styling product like John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea-Salt Spray.

Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo

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