There are so many memorable things about the summer: pools, baseball games, fresh fruit, pedicures, cute sandals, swishy sundresses, summer reality TV, cold drinks, barbecues and bad hair.
With the sun, humidity, heat and chlorine all ever-present, our heads are dealing with a lot while the rest of us sits back and relaxes. Summer can be tough on hair, but you don’t have to pull out the baseball cap when temps rise.
Instead, get the right products and a few fun accessories, and you can look great while having some summer fun.
Jessica Conner Davis, a stylist at Images of You, Chandra Gordon, owner of Identity Salon, and Denver Martin, a stylist at Belleza Salon and Day Spa, all offer a few tips on getting the best style for your summer.
• Get the right products: Just like your skin, your hair needs different things with different kinds of weather. The sun and chlorine from the pool can damage hair, and humidity can make it look totally crazy, so treat your hair accordingly.
Before swimming, Martin says, wet your hair down and add a leave-in conditioner.
“Your hair will already have saoked something in other than the chlorine,” she says.
When you’re done swimming, rinse off and add a leave-in again, she says.
“It will keep it from fluffing out.”
Gordon also recommends a leave-in conditioner and a shine spray, and Davis recommends anti-humidity products than can help tame the frizz.
• Alter your style: During the summer, Gordon, who has curly hair, always straightens her hair with a flat iron.
“I like to straighten mine when it’s high humidity,” she says, “so I don’t have to mess with the frizz.”
If you have long hair and you’re normally someone who wears your hair down, consider a messy bun, a messy braid or an updo that looks cute and casual but also keeps you cool.
Martin, who has long hair, often braids hers or puts it up into a messy bun. If you’re pulling your hair up or back, you also can add accessories with clip-on flowers or bows or colorful bobby pins.
• Put a hat on it: Maybe best for days at the lake or pool, but find a cute hat, scarf or bandana and keep your head covered when you’re going to be outside for long stretches of time. This will help protect your hair and scalp from sun damage and can keep your face covered up from sun damage, too.
And there’s not one style to stick to, according to Cosmopolitan. Big floppy hats are popular, as are cowboy hats and funky fedoras.
• OK, just chop it off: The inverted bob remains a popular cut, all three stylists say. The style has longer layers in the front, Conner Davis says, and a stacked, shorter cut in the back.
“A lot of people are going short right now,” Martin agrees.
Whether you cut your hair off or pick up some hats and scarves, try a few updos or invest in the products to treat your hair right, each option can help you feel and look cool through the next few months of summer heat — and maybe add “great hair” to the list of things to be enjoyed this summer.