Save Your Strands: a Guide to Summer Hair

How to save fried summer locks
This time of the year, I try to be vigilant about applying SPF on my skin and body. I’m great at keeping skin hydrated and protected, but my hair is an entirely different story. It seems that no matter what, I’m left a bit of frizz, mild breakage and rampant split ends from any sea-or-sun-soaked fun. A basic conditioner isn’t enough. Since hair tends to get oilier faster in the summer (due to the warm temperatures), we tend to shampoo more frequently. This strips hair of its natural moisture. To make matters worse, I’m always nervous about layering heavier products.Hair expert Barbara Farnworth from the Jeffrey-Kara Salon in West Hollywood says that leave-in conditioner is the antidote to the drying effects of chlorine and salt water. She tells us that, “Some leave-in conditioners are doubly equipped as thermal heat protectors, which are perfect if you use heated styling tools regularly. Leave-in spray conditioners are great to re-energize day-old hair, and in humid weather they can help to prevent frizz.” Opting for natural leave-in conditioners that have ultralight textures will help you prevent product overload buildup, but the texture of the conditioner can vary depending on your hair type.Lighter, finer tresses will appreciate the certified organic Original & Mineral Know Knott Detangling Spray, which contains zero harsh chemicals and instead treats thirsty hair with Argan and Macadamia oils that don’t weigh down even the thinnest heads of hair. After a few quick spritzes, I noticed that my hair felt refreshed and clean immediately.


Those of us with normal hair will want to reach for a milky alternative, like Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray. The 95% naturally-composed treatment is light enough to spray, but has weightier Coconut oil, which absorbs very well and won’t leave strands greasy. Instead, they’re made pliable and softer. Try 5-7 pumps to coat the ends with a tropical, non-synthetic scent that isn’t too Coppertone-y.
For thicker, curlier hair, Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream with Sandalwood falls somewhere between a leave-in conditioner and a leave-in hair mask. The alcohol-free conditioner was designed for colored treated and sensitive scalps and works to penetrate the hair shaft to strengthen weak hair. This is the ideal option for anyone who doesn’t like to overload their hair with product, but instead prefers a one-stop does-it-all hair savior.