Healthy Summer Hair: Tips, Trends, and Care
Summer Hair challenges are real during the hot season, full of scorching hot days, swimming and soaking up rays. However, this often leads to increased chemical and sun exposure. At Que Colour, we've observed that, sadly, hair often takes the brunt of these summer conditions, experiencing dryness, frizz, and damage – all the things you want to avoid for maintaining healthy summer hair.
We've prepared a few tips to help! This blog will provide you with a rundown on our top picks to protect your hair during the sun-kissed season and keep it at its healthiest between salon visits.
Why Do I Need To Look After My Hair More In Summer?
There are a few different factors that contribute to hair damage during summer, let's talk about it. First and foremost, damage from heat and UV rays are top of the list. This is because extended sun exposure breaks down the hair's outer layer of lipids, which is essentially a natural barrier of protection to the environment. UV rays also act like bleach, turning beautiful creamy blondes into brassy yellow tones.
Humidity is the bane of everyone's existence. Humidity equals moisture, and as your hair soaks this up, the shafts begin to swell, and your cuticles break, leading to frizz.
And lastly, swimming, whether in the pool or ocean, you guessed it, causes damage. The chlorine in pools can wreak havoc on hair, stripping away its natural oils and, in turn, allowing all the other heavy chemicals to alter the hair colour. On the other end of the spectrum, salt water simply dries your hair out, resulting in a crunchy dry feel which we definitely don’t love.
How Can I Stop My Hair From Becoming Dry Over Summer?
There are so many tips on what works best to maintain hair health during summer, from rich, nourishing hair products to simply wearing a hat; here are our tried and tested picks!
Overall, the best practice is to incorporate a healthy hair care routine at home. In summer, this looks like applying overnight hair masks and oils, limiting heat styling, using a wide tooth comb when brushing wet hair to prevent breakage (wet hair = weak) and protecting your scalp with SPF and a hat.
Hair oiling is one of the best ways to nourish your hair and reduce frizz; try Christophe Robin Night Recovery Monoï Oil infused with luxurious Monoi de Tahiti. This product works overnight to nourish and repair hair inside out.
If you want to step things up, combining the Monoï oil with an overnight treatment like this Recovery Cream with White Lotus Flower from Christophe Robin is such a game changer. Formulated with white lotus and African hibiscus flowers, simply apply this rich cream at night and wake up to restored soft hair.
More swimming during summer also means more frequent hair washing; we recommend using the Hydrating Leave-In Cream from Christophe Robin after washing to help restore dry, sun-damaged hair. Featuring aloe vera and agave juice, we love how it provides a much-needed and visible hydration boost.
Our Product Recommendations For Healthier Hair This Summer
For Coloured Hair
If you have coloured hair, it is even more important to make sure you have a solid hair care routine coming into summer! Below are our top suggestions to keep your hair in its best shape in between appointments.
The Colour Shield Cleansing Mask is an essential product for any coloured hair. This gentle, low-foaming cleansing mask is expertly created to help prolong the vibrancy of colour-treated hair, and respects hair’s natural precious oils so lengths feel intensely nourished with a glossy, long-lasting radiance.
An absolute essential at Que Colour, the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Masks. These are pigmented masks that work to neutralise unwanted cool tones and nourish hair at the same time. With 5 shades to pick from, it is the perfect way to extend your colour at home before your next appointment.
For Normal/Dry Hair
The hydrating aloe vera combo from Christophe Robin is PERFECT for those with normal or dry hair.
The Hydrating Melting Mask with Aloe Vera is amazing for hair that needs a burst of hydration and nourishing oils. Containing aloe vera for hydration and flaxseed oil for omega-3 fatty acids, we love to use this as a conditioner for visibly softer and luminous hair.
Composed of 94% natural-origin ingredients, the Hydrating Shampoo with Aloe Vera restores the appearance of dry, dull hair and gently cleanses so the scalp feels invigorated and hair looks luminous and shiny.
For Curly Hair
It’s no secret that healthy curls require a little extra love, care and the right combination of curly hair products.
The Luscious Curl Cleansing Balm with Kokum Butter is a low-foaming cleanser featuring the hero ingredient, kokum butter, combined with chia seed oil, jojoba and sunflower seed oil. It works to thoroughly condition ultra-dry hair and enhance the natural curl pattern.
Suitable for medium wavy hair (2B) to curly hair, and to fine coily hair (4A), as well as everything in between. This Nourishing Curl Enhancer from Larry King features a blend of wheat protein, avocado, jojoba, mango butter and natural curl-enhancing ingredients to add shine, volume and fight frizz - just what you need for that summer glow.
For more in-depth curly hair product recommendations, check out our curly hair blog!
Best Gentle Brushes for Summer Brushing
Our number 1 tip is - Don’t brush when wet. When our hair is wet it is at its weakest state, to avoid any breakage we suggest detangling your hair PRE shower on dry hair and do not brush your hair again until up to 50% dry.
This Contour Vent Brush from Ibiza is the perfect all-rounder brush. It combines boar bristles for shine, ball tip nylon to stimulate the scalp and a geometrical design which contours to the shape of the head.
We recommend using the Ibiza Airwave Shower Brush for your pre-shower brush whilst your hair is dry. Engineered to be used before, during or after a shower, it is anti-static, ergonomic and effortlessly glides through hair.
If you do need to brush your hair whilst it is wet, a wide comb like the Ibiza Wave Comb, coated in 22k gold, is the most gentle option. Loosely spaced, it is amazing for detangling wet hair, adding texture or combing out a bouncy blow dry.
Last But Not Least, Up The Hydration With This Unique Product!
The Hydrating Cream Scrub with Aloe Vera from Christophe Robin is a truly unique and effective creamy clarifying product your scalp is going to just love. Unlike a typical scrub, it uses jojoba particles and shea butter to soothe and gently exfoliate the scalp whilst conditioning, rehydrating and nourishing hair
Go into this summer with a strong haircare lineup and you will come out of it with even better hair! We hope this blog inspires and educates you on everything you need to know about keeping your hair and colour healthy during summer. Follow us on our socials for all the latest hair trends and tips for healthy hair and healthy colour - TikTok and Instagram. To book with us at Que Colour, email us at email@example.com or call us on - 02 9331 4444.