7 Summer Hair Tips

by Jami Summers on June 17, 2008 · 13 comments

Bionic Beauty shares easy tips for summer hair

Before hitting the sun, surf, or pool this summer don’t just apply SPF to your skin, be attentive to your hair’s special needs as well. Summer humidity, pool chemicals, ocean breezes and salt can take a major toll on your locks.

Here’s a list of my hints for summer haircare:

  1. Slather on conditioner or a hair serum before entering the pool or ocean. By filling your hair’s cuticle with conditioner, less chemicals will seep in. This is particularly important for blondes. Serum will act as a barrier and assist your hair in sloughing off all the baddies. (Bionic’s recommendations: BioInfusion Hydrating Conditioning Balm, International Orange’s hair cream, or Herbaria’s Jojoba Healthy Hair).
  2. Use a UV protectant spray prior to and during sun exposure. It’ll help prevent color fade- making your hair color, natural color and highlights stay bright and true. Pack your UV spray in your beach/pool bag and reapply whenever you add more sunblock to your body. (I recommend: pHormulate’s 3a Leave-in Treatment).
  3. Leave-in Conditioners work exceptionally well to prevent wind tangles (when applied before) and help you gently comb out knots (when applied after). I don’t leave home without it. (Recommendation: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist – it even works *great* on your skin!)
  4. Embrace surf styled hair and texture. Summer should be laid back. Don’t worry so much about fly-aways and bends. Use a hair paste or wax to gently twist your hair into “ropes” (run your fingers through after 10 minutes to loosen the waves) or gather hair loosely into a pony tail or headband. Which brings us to number…
  5. When using elastic bands to tie back your hair, avoid the ones with the metal clasps. The metal can catch and break fragile hair, and can even react with pool chemicals!
  6. Save yourself pain later and apply sunblock to your hair part and ears. Trust me.
  7. When all else fails, or for an impromptu outing, grab your ball cap and rock it. Guys love it.

What’s your pre-sun ritual for hair care?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Denise June 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

Since I’me going natural this summer I’ve stepped up the moisture.

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2 Nenette June 17, 2008 at 3:35 pm

OMG, I totally second the PM Awapuhi Moisture Mist! The smell of it reminds me so much of the time I lived in Hawai’i :)
Thanks for reminding me of it… I’ll be using it on my little girl for post-swim combing! :)

xo

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3 Jen June 17, 2008 at 7:27 pm

I always encourage my girls to put some conditioner on their hair before going to the pool. It makes a huge difference.

My favorite conditioner is DevaCare’s One Conditioner, it works great as a deep conditioning treatment as well.

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4 The Cheap Chick June 17, 2008 at 10:25 pm

Ugh, WHY didn’t I read this yesterday? I totally burned my scalp, even though it was only 65 degrees up in here.

I try not to blow dry as much in the summer, especially when it’s humid. Why bother? My hair is just going to kink up anyway.

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5 BionicBeauty June 22, 2008 at 7:45 am

Denise, I’m hardly doing anything with my hair this summer either. A little leave-in like Nenette seconded and I’m out the door. Too much hassle to style and such.

Jen, Thanks for the recommendation; You know I’m a shampoo and conditioner nut so I’ll give that one a shot!

Cheap Chick- OUCH!! I’m mandating a hat for you next time. ;)

Jenna, Sounds like our mom’s knew what they were talking about. Mine did the same thing.
For the frizzies- I’d try some samples of the John Frieda frizz ease line (Walmart runs the freebies from time to time) and I’m loving the AG Hair Cosmetics serums. They are lightweight, not as drying as many other serums, and really seal the cuticle to cut flyaways.

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6 Pinky June 25, 2008 at 12:29 am

Is there a wax any of you would recommend? I can never seem to get that beach wave hair right.

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7 BionicBeauty June 25, 2008 at 7:30 am

Pinky, Welcome to Bionic Beauty!! I used to use the John Frieda Summer Blonde Surf spray- it was fantastic, but sadly has been discontinued. You could try Bumble & Bumble’s surf spray- I have seen some drugstores and Target stores carrying it, or your local B&B salon.
In my opinion, the sprays make it easier to achieve the beachy-wave look. However, I currently use the Garnier surf wax to create piecey waves. Just rub a small amount between your palms, then spread evenly through your hair. Use your fingers to twist tendrils into “ropes” and let them sit like that until you go out, then run your fingers through them lightly to loosen them up. :)

I’m going to post a recipe I came up with to create your own surf spray as well, so stay tuned!
Cheers,
BB

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8 summerlvr July 17, 2008 at 7:44 am

During the summer time I don’t do much with my hair either I just style my hair wet and put it back either in a ponytail or braid but since i am a swimmer all that chlorine really kills your hair does anyone have any reccomendations on what to do its has soo many knots in it i have tried just about everything help me plz.

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9 Elizabeth le Roux July 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

Is there any specific leave in conditions you can recommend?

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