Although we pride ourselves on taking extra good care of our mane year-round, it’s even more of a struggle in the summer. Chlorine, salt water, and the sun tend not to play nice when they touch our tresses and because of this, a girl’s gotta keep her hair care stash stocked and locked at home – and at the pool slash beach. We went straight to the experts for their advice on the best products to keep in your beach bag. Shop their picks, then be on your way to living your best life.
Summer Hair Tip#1: Hydrate With Hair Masks
According to Tommy Buckett, celebrity hairstylist, “Hair needs moisture at the beach from the sun and salt exposure, so a great pick would be Garnier Fructis 1-Minute Hair Masks, $5. All five of the creamy multi-purpose hair treats work for every hair type and come in yummy vacay scents like coconut and papaya. Apply to hair in and out of the water, then use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the mask evenly.”
Summer Hair Tip#2: Protect Your Locks
Beyonce’s colorist Rita Hazan, told us “I always pack my Rita Hazan Lock & Block Protective Spray, $26, when I’m going to be poolside or at the beach. It’s a weightless mist that locks in color and style, blocks out humidity and UV rays, and protects from premature fading. I apply it as the final step of my styling routine, or throughout the day when I’m in the sun or by the water.”
Summer Hair Tip #3: Hair Repair
To spare your hair from dehydration and damage Michelle Cleveland, stylist at Hair Addict Salon recommends Olaplex: “My number one beach bag product is Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3, $28, which is essentially a hair repair treatment that works best if left on for extended periods of time – like after a day at the beach. I usually saturate my hair in the stuff and tie it up, and then I look cute while repairing my hair and getting a tan at the same time.”
Summer Hair Tip #4: Use An Anti-Humidity Spray
To combat flyaways Mia Santiago, celebrity stylist uses: “Amika The Shield Anti-Humidity Spray, $25. It’s perfect for hair that’s prone to flyaways because it seals the cuticle against humidity. It’s also very moisturizing and protects against UV rays, a must for summer. And I never load up my beach bag without Kitsch hair ties. They’re cute, snag-free, and perfect for pulling your ‘do back so it stays out of your face.”
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Summer Hair Tip #5: Use Dry Shampoo To Add Volume
“At the end of a beach day when I’m ready to go, I take my hair down, shake it out, and spray the roots with Bb. Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo, $29. It soaks up the day (sweat, wind, and greasiness) to give my hair volume and then I add Bb. Surf , $27, to the ends for that (healthy) mermaid look” says Kitty, colorist at Bumble and bumble.
Summer Hair Tip #6: Use SPF On Your Hair
Marcos Diaz, editorial hairstylist spilled his summer hair secrets: “One of my biggest product secrets I tell my clients is to use sunscreen or block on their hair at the beach and pool. Now that a lot of hair care companies are using skincare-grade ingredients in their products, it’s a no brainer. Instead of paying the mark up on a fancy hair product for sun protection, opt for a drugstore brand sunblock that already has SPF in it, like Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Lotion, $7. Apply a bit at the ends and it will keep them from being too thirsty during these summer months.”
Summer Hair Tip #7: Mask At The Beach
“I’m all about the Biolage ColorLast Deep Treatment Pack, $15. These ultra-hydrating hair masks are ideal to use once per week — or at the beach — and the small size is great for travel. Plus you can get up to 4+ uses out of each bag” explains George Papanikolas, celebrity colorist who has treated the locks of A-listers like Miranda Kerr and Hailey Baldwin.
Summer Hair Tip #8: Use Apple Cider Vinegar In Between Washes
Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK Salon Soho says that “My summer go-tos for sexy hair 24/7 are Dphue Travel Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, $15, and IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond-Building Dry Hair Mask, $34. The ACV rinse because you’re not supposed to shampoo every day, but in the summertime that’s really hard given the heat and sweat. Use this in between washes so you don’t strip strands of their natural oils. I’m also obsessed with IGK Antisocial – just spray all over dry hair and comb or brush through. It feels super soft, looks crazy shiny, and works to restore your hair over time. The more you use it, the better your hair gets, plus it smells amazing!”
Summer Hair Tip #9: Conceal With A Scarf
“To avoid having your hair oxidize after a SUN day fun day at the beach, make sure to rinse it thoroughly at an outdoor shower stand. Then take your favorite hair mask (preferably something with UV protection), comb it through, and slick your tresses back into a low knotted bun with a chic hair accessory. I’m obsessed with this Jaline X Kattia Helena Scrunchy with Scarf, $90, a beach bag must-have for versatile effortless styles” Anastasia Georgias, colorist at Butterfly Studio Salon.
What do you guys do to look after your hair in the summer? Let us know down below.