Summer Hair Care Dos and Don’ts!

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Typically summer and winter are the hardest on our hair because they tend to be the more extreme climates than fall or spring. And for me, summer tends to be harder on my hair than winter.

With the combination of swimming, being out in the sunlight, and taking more showers than usual due to all the sweating, my hair is prone to dryness, breakage, and dullness in the summertime. So there are a few things that I do regularly to make sure I do the best job I can to maintain the health of my hair throughout the beating that summer gives it.

One. If I swim, I always (without exception!) wash and condition my hair when I get out of the water. Sometimes it’s not immediate, but I will shampoo and condition my hair within the same day of swimming to ensure I’m washing away the salt water and other chemicals and then conditioning my hair to keep it strong and smooth.

Two. I never brush through wet hair from root to tip with a brush. I prefer a wide-tooth comb, or even just my fingertips, to comb through my hair when it’s wet. A brush is more likely to stretch and therefore snap any fragile strands! Start at the ends, and slowly brush down while moving the comb higher and higher with each swipe. This will work any knots out from the bottom making sure you aren’t snapping or breaking your hair.

Three. I often use a leave-in spray or a deep conditioner. I’m not terribly picky about my leave-in spray because so many of them are great and do the same thing. Anything from Pureology, It’s a 10, Virtue, Kerastase, Redken, or Amika are in my rotation. Obviously, as a beauty blogger, I have a lot of different products to grab from my cabinet. If you’re looking for a one-and-done leave-in spray, It’s the Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-in Spray. It smells delightful and makes my hair incredibly soft and conditioned. I use this on my daughter as well. (friendly warning: it can make your bathroom floor VERY slick, so be careful out there).

Four. I never use high heat from my blow dryer or hot tools. No sense in burning your hair if you don’t have to! Plus, the lower heat setting means you also won’t’ get as hot while you’re styling your hair!

Five. I use soft hair ties, large silk scrunchies, and sleep with a silk pillowcase. Ponytail breakage is a real heartbreaker because you know it could have been avoided. The Gimme Beauty hair ties are some of my favorites because they are very stretchy and strong, but don’t snag my hair.

Hopefully, some of these routines that I follow will help you also keep your hair in the best possible shape this summer!

P.S. If you liked this post, you may also enjoy this post about setting sprays, which are key for keeping your makeup in place all summer long!


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Sherry says · 06.21.21

Do you put any kind of protectant on your hair BEFORE getting in the sun/swimming? Wearing a hat isn’t always practical. I want to protect my highlights if possible!

Kim says · 06.21.21

Any tips for avoiding or correcting the green hue my blonde daughters often get after swimming?

Kate says · 06.21.21

Look into Malibu treatments. You can have these done at a salon (which is always safest!) but it’s a great way to deeply remove any minerals or deposits on the hair.

Katie S. says · 06.21.21

This is great, thanks Kate! Would you also mind sharing what you do for Emily’s hair after swims? Favorite kids hair products, etc.

SuzanneGabrielle says · 06.22.21

I always enjoy your posts about hair and have tried many of the products you suggest with great success. I’ve been a blonde and a swimmer all my life and am in a chlorine pool more than 300 days a year. The one thing I would add to this post is it really pays to completely wet your hair with fresh water before entering a chlorine pool (or salt water for that matter). Wet hair will not absorb chemicals, salt, etc. as quickly as dry hair.

Kay Loftin says · 06.22.21

What wide tooth comb do you recommend?

Jules says · 06.23.21

As a naturally curly headed gal that has always loved being in the pool, I have learned over the years to put some kind of conditioner in my hair as soon as I get out of the pool, then use a wide tooth comb to pick out an tangles. My hair looks and feels much better when I do this.

LK says · 06.28.21

Do you mind sharing where your top (dress?) is from? It’s beautiful!

THC Delivery says · 07.09.21

Pureology Colour Fanatic 21 is a miracle in a bottle. I had my long hair tangled up to my ears due to teasing and very bad hairspray. I thought I was going to have to have it all cut off. I went to my salon and they gave me the 21. It saved my life and my hair feels incredible. I also use it for my 5-year-old daughter. My daughter’s hair is fine and every morning was a fight to brush out the tangles, when I use this on her hair before bedtime she wakes up completely tangle-free.

Julia Thompson says · 07.11.21

Do you have a link to the black small/skinny scrunchies w/ a bow in the hair care video on instagram? They aren’t linked and i’m having a hard time finding similar? Thanks for sharing the tips!

Holly Peterson says · 07.15.21

Hi Kate! Do you have a swim cap you recommend?

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safwaan Moosa says · 01.20.22

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Lindsay Tornow says · 06.12.23

Do you apply the Pureology Leave In before or after you and your daughter swim? I’m looking for protect to protect our hair from daily swimming.

Kate says · 06.13.23

usually afterwards but you can certainly do it before