Summer is quickly approaching, and while we can’t wait to hit up the beach and sport some short shorts, we’re dreading what the heat does to our hair. Every summer we have to deal with the humidity and sunshine drying out our locks so they appear dull and frizzy instead of sleek and shiny. But this year, we vow to improve our hair with a few easy tips that anyone can follow. Here are 13 hair hacks to surviving the summer heat and humidity.
- TEASE BANGS
Sure, we love bangs as much as Taylor Swift but during the summer they are our worse nightmare. Not only do they flip and fly in all sorts of directions, but they are hot and sweaty on our forehead. And breaking out is so not hot. An easy way to help keep your bangs off your face is by teasing them so they fall to the side and not directly on your skin. You’ll capture the side sweep bang perfectly while keeping your skin pimple-free.
- PULL BANGS BACK IN A BRAID
If teasing isn’t your thing or you want your bangs completely gone for a day (or the entire summer), simply pull them back out of your face. And don’t just do this with a few bobby pins so it’s obvious you are trying to keep your bangs at bay, but instead work a sexy braid in there to keep your bangs away while still looking cool doing it.
- SPORT WET HAIR
The summertime is the only time of year when rocking wet hair is cool, so take advantage of it when you’re having a bad hair day or when you simply don’t feel like doing it. After your shower, towel off and work in some gel so your hair stays wet throughout the day. Then you can pull it back and off your face or stick it up in a sexy up do.
- TRY PEPPERMINT SHAMPOO
When it’s really hot out, you want to cool down your head with something invigorating. Use a peppermint shampoo to help cool off your scalp while helping your hair stay strong and sexy. You’ll love the way it feels on your head and really enjoy how gorgeous your hair looks (and how yummy it smells) after you style it.
- SQUIRT LEMON JUICE IN YOUR LOCKS
Make proper use of the hot temperatures and bright sunshine by squirting some lemon into your hair for natural highlights. The next time you hit up the beach or hang by the pool, be sure to squirt lemon juice throughout your hair so by the time you head back home you’ll have gorgeous summer hair that you’ll love.
- USE SPF-INFUSED PRODUCTS
We already know how important it is to use SPF on our skin when we are outside during the summer, but some of us forget how important it is to use SPF on our hair. And before you go and load up your locks with sunscreen you use on your body, stop. There are plenty of awesome products out there that come in a spray for your hair that won’t weight it down but will keep it protected so it doesn’t dry out from the sun.
- TRY A HAIR MASK
A hair mask is always a great way to put some life back into your hair. There are plenty that you can buy that work well, but you can also create your own at home when needed. Avocado and olive oil are natural wonders when it comes to your hair because both provide softness and shine without weighting your hair down – just don’t use too much oil on the roots.
- PUT YOUR HAIR UP
The easiest way to rid your hair from the summer heat? Simply put it up and be done with it. We know that somedays no matter what you do, your hair is just not working but that’s ok! There are so many gorgeous up dos that having a bad hair day is a thing of the past. Work in a killer fishtail braid or a high, messy bun that will easily make you look and feel great – and get your hair off your face.
- USE BAKING SODA ON CHLORINE GREEN HAIR
We know the summer months are all about heading outdoors and jumping into a cool pool of water. But if your locks don’t love the chlorine as much as you, don’t worry. When you get out of the pool (and you notice your hair is a bit green), just add some baking soda in it before you shower and shampoo. Your hair will be back to its beautiful color, leaving that green tint far behind.
- GET EASY BEACH WAVES HAIR
Beach waves are always in during the summer. Seriously, who doesn’t want sexy beach-inspired hair? And the best part is that you can get this look with ease. You can make your own beach hair spray with natural ingredients like sea salt and coconut, or you can head out to the store and pick up one of the many different products out there.
- TRY COCONUT OIL ON YOUR ENDS
If your hair is really dry – especially on the limp, dead ends – you’ll need something heavy duty that will bring them back to life. Luckily, there is the wonder of coconut oil that pretty much solves any beauty problem, including dry hair. Take some oil in your palm and place it along the ends of your hair for a few minutes before washing it out with shampoo, and you’ll instantly see and feel a difference.
- CRUSH ASPRIN INTO YOUR SHAMPOO
With all the product we put in our hair during the summer, it’s important to clean it up every now and then so it doesn’t get too weighed down. An old and useful trick to help remove residue in your hair is crushing up a couple aspirin and putting it in your shampoo. You’ll lift out all the heavy leftover products that your hair continues to hold and will come out with pretty locks that are healthy.
- TRY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Make your hair smooth and sexy this summer by using a few drops of apple cider vinegar in your mane. Before you shampoo, massage the vinegar in your hair and keep it there for a few minutes before shampooing it out. Afterwards, you’ll definitely see a difference as your hair will be smooth, shiny, and completely frizz-free.