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8 Summer Hair Mishaps and How To Manage Them

If you’re affected by summer hair issues, like dry hair in summer, learn what hair care tips you can try to manage them.

Summer is so close, you can almost smell its sweet air. What you’re probably not looking forward to, however, is all the havoc it can wreak on your hair. From dryness and frizz to color fading and green hair from chlorine, summer can bring about a host of problems for your locks. No worries, though, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, we’re discussing eight common summer hair concerns and exactly what types of hair care techniques you can do to address them. Summertime, here you come!

Summer Hair Concern #1:

Dryness

We welcome the seasonal heat, except for its tendency to cause dry hair in summer. Combat dryness with nourishing shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatments, like Amino Acid Shampoo and Conditioner. They infuse your hair with moisture to help keep it manageable and soft. Our shampoo and conditioner up the hair-nourishing ante with a combination of amino acids, fairly-traded coconut oil, and hydrolyzed protein. The delightfully creamy lathers will strengthen your hair, as well as help keep your strands looking healthy and silky smooth.

With dry hair in summer often comes a dry scalp. Help get yours back in shape with Amino Acid Scalp-Detoxifying Treatment Scrub, which contains a blend of 10 amino acids, sea salt, and salicylic acid. It helps strengthen your scalp’s skin barrier and restore its moisture level by providing gentle exfoliation and dissolving dead skin cells, impurities, product buildup, and pollution. It’s safe to use on all scalp types (and on color-treated hair), including sensitive ones, and can be used once a week in place of your shampoo. You’ll be left feeling squeaky-clean and refreshed, with long-lasting scalp balance, and stronger, fuller-looking hair.

Summer Hair Concern #2:

Greasy Hair

While you do want to keep dry hair moisturized in the summer, you don’t want it to fly over to the other end of the spectrum: greasy hair. Sebum, your skin’s natural moisturizer, increases in production in the summer months. This can lead to greasy-looking hair. If you’re familiar with this summertime woe, you may be tempted to wash your hair more frequently. We’re here to tell you not to.

Overwashing the skin on your scalp can actually increase sebum production even more, as your scalp can dry out, which prompts it to overproduce sebum to compensate. Instead, try using the aforementioned Amino Acid Scalp-Detoxifying Treatment Scrub to rebalance the skin on your scalp. Likewise, you can try using a dry shampoo in between washes; it will absorb excess oil to help keep greasiness in check.

Summer Hair Concern #3:

Color Fading

Other common summer hair concerns are sun-bleached hair and diminished vibrancy on color-treated strands. Help protect your locks from the sun’s color-leaching rays with products specifically designed to help you win this battle, like Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner. They leverage the power of sunflower and apricot kernel oils; the former offers antioxidant properties, while the latter is a humectant. The duo also contains a blend of vitamins B3, B5, and B6.

The complementary formulas gently cleanse and condition your hair while helping to restore your color. Even better, they contain a UV-protective filter to help defend your beloved hue from the sun’s damaging rays. Use them each time you wash your hair for vibrant, smooth, healthy-looking hair.

Summer Hair Concern #4:

Frizziness

One frequently unwelcomed summertime feature is humidity—a bane of hair prone to frizziness. Help tame the fuzz with Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo and Conditioner, which contain fairly-traded argan oil and babassu oil. They smooth and nourish frizzy hair while enveloping you in an intoxicating warm, woodsy scent—perfect for the warmer months. You’ll be left with softer, more manageable, shinier strands with a healthy appearance.

Follow them up with Smoothing Oil-Infused Leave-In Concentrate to nourish your hair even further, without weighing it down. You can use it on either damp or dry hair, and even between washes to help keep your hair soft, smooth, and frizz-free.

*Smoothing and frizz-calming when shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in concentrate are used in conjunction with each other.

Summer Hair Concern #5:

Chlorine-Damaged Hair

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a cool dip on a hot day. The problem is, it’s not always great for your hair. Green hair from chlorine and dry, brittle hair (and even hair loss) can all be consequences of your strands being exposed to high chlorine levels or frequent dunks in chlorinated water.

Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Shampoo

We love Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Shampoo. The luxurious formula has moringa tree oil—an oil used in beauty rituals since Ancient Egypt—hydrating hyaluronic acid, and nourishing ceramides. It gently cleanses while helping to repair weak, brittle, or damaged hair, leaving it looking lustrous, shiny, and healthy.

Pair it with Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Conditioner, which boasts the same hero ingredients, to instantly detangle, condition, and help repair dry hair. It can nourish even the most fragile strands, and help smooth and fortify each hair fiber. The result: glossy, supple, healthy-looking locks.

You can also up your damaged hair-fighting game by using a leave-in treatment, like Damage Repairing & Rehydrating Leave-In Treatment, which (you guessed it!) also contains the same superstar ingredients. The unique formula is instantly attracted to the weakest areas of your hair to quickly help reinforce and smooth them. Apply it every day to help strengthen and visibly improve dry, depleted hair.

Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Reparative Hair Mask

If, like us, you’re an avid fan of self-care, try Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Reparative Hair Mask. Enriched with olive, avocado, and lemon oils, this deeply moisturizing mask is ideal for hair that’s been damaged or weakened by the sun. It helps hydrate, strengthen, and restore your hair’s shine for a healthy appearance, while helping to prevent future damage from UV rays and other environmental stressors over time. Apply a liberal amount to your chlorine-damaged hair after shampooing, allow it to sit for at least three minutes, and rinse well.

Summer Hair Concern #6:

Bang-Induced Breakout

Bangs can be a chic way to liven up any ‘do, but they can have drawbacks in the summer. Case in point: breakouts on your forehead. Because your bangs trap heat between your hair and your skin, they can increase sweating and create ripe pimple-promoting environments. To help avoid breakouts, be sure to follow a proper skincare routine, especially one for acne-prone skin.

Summer Hair Concern #7:

Limp Locks

For some people, summer heat and humidity can seemingly draw the life out of their hair. If this resonates with you, we have a couple tricks up our sleeve for you to try. Give Rice and Wheat Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner a chance, which are formulated with hydrolyzed wheat and rice proteins and honey. They boost volume for fuller, shinier, healthier-looking hair. Plus, they help smooth split ends and flyaways while also helping to detangle hair.

On the style side, you can also try a diagonal part, which can give your hair a little more height at the crown of your head. This creates the appearance of thicker, more voluminous hair.

Summer Hair Concern #8:

Hair Expansion

Conversely, other people experience the opposite: their hair seems to take on a life of its own and expand in humidity. The above Smoothing Oil-Infused Shampoo, Conditioner, and Concentrate (see “Frizziness”) can help tame burgeoning bouffants. Or, cool off a little and look fab doing it with a voluminous ponytail. Ditto a french braid or other updo.

Next: Summertime also equals more sweat, which can lead to breakouts beyond your face. Learn What Causes Body Acne and How To Help Address These Breakouts.

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