Here’s how to keep your hair looking its sleek, shiny, and gorgeous best, even when frizz-inducing humidity is in full force.

From al fresco dining to exotic getaways, summer is a time of fun in the sun and new adventures. The one downside is the havoc it can wreak on your mane. As the season heats up, it’s key that you take the right steps to protect your hair from the sun and keep it looking its absolute best, despite frizz-inducing humidity and activities, like swimming, that can leave your mane not looking ideal.

The key to taking care of your hair in the summer can be broken down into three letters: TLC. This is the time to spoil your tresses, by using enhancing, enriching products, laying off the hot tools and taking appropriate precautions when you do utilize them, and properly protecting your hair during swimming and other potentially damaging situations.

Nutrients, vitamins, and proteins like Keratin should be your new best friend right about now. With the harsh summer elements threatening to strip your hair of the proteins it so desperately needs, it’s critical that you restore those vital nutrients to your mane via the right specialized products.

Here are the top tips for summer hair care that you need to keep your mane looking beautiful during the scorching summer months.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Just like your skin, your mane needs plenty of hydration to look its best. Especially during the hot summer months, your hair needs extra moisture in order to combat everything from split ends to dull shine to frizz.

The best anti frizz hair products for curly or straight hair during the summertime will contain Keratin, Collagen, and Biotin, all critical nutrients that coat your hair with protective hydration from root to tip.

Hydration not only keeps your hair looking glossy, healthy, and shiny – it’s also a powerful tool against frizziness. Frizzy hair is dry hair, and the more hydrated your mane, the lower amount of frizz you’ll see.

Use a deep conditioning mask with Keratin and a Keratin serum, applied directly after a shower to slightly air-dried hair, in order to lock in moisture for best results.

Take a break from hot tools and chemical treatments

If you’re a blow dryer, curling iron, or straightening addict, this news is going to be tough to hear. Consider putting down your hot tools (temporarily!) during the summer and giving your distressed tresses a bit of a break.

The same goes for you if you’re a major fan of chemical treatments, like dyeing, bleaching, highlighting, and perms – we know it’s hard, but try your absolute best to let your hair breathe and go au natural for a few weeks.

Embrace a highly pigmented purple shampoo and purple conditioning mask in order to keep your color looking super fresh for longer, which will help you cut down on the number of salon visits and touch-ups you need.

If you absolutely can’t resist using hot tools on a regular basis, be sure to use a protective Keratin serum beforehand and a leave-in conditioner to help heal your mane after heat treatments. Be sure to choose a leave-in conditioner that’s the right fit for your hair texture and type.

Protect your hair from the elements

Believe it or not, the blazing sun overhead can actually damage your hair. Prolonged sun exposure can sap your hair of many of the vital scalp oils and nutrients that keep your hair strong and healthy, so consider sporting a hat or wrapping your mane in a cute scarf if you’re planning on being outside for a long period of time.

On that same note, common summer time activities, like swimming in a pool or the ocean, can also be harmful to your hair’s health. It might sound dorky, but rock a shower or swimming cap when you’re taking a dip – we promise, you’ll thank us later!

If you absolutely can’t bear the thought of donning a swimming cap, then you must rinse your hair immediately after leaving the ocean, lake or pool – and there’s no excuses for skipping this step.

Taking the right proactive measures to protect your mane from the elements, moisturizing religiously, and skipping hot tools will have a major impact on the health of your hair. And when things get too sticky and hot, you can always put your hair up in a stylish high ponytail 🙂