Summer is here! Finally, it’s time to let your hair down and forget about the rain. While we all love summer, it is good to remember that a dramatic change in weather can be pretty stressful on your locks. We are here to give you a couple of quick and easy summer haircare routines and tips that will protect and nourish your hair during these sunny months.
How heat and humidity affect your hair
What causes frizz?
When it’s humid out and there’s a high level of moisture in the air, hydrogen molecules bind with the proteins in your hair, triggering curls and frizz. Our hair is extremely sensitive to humidity, which is why you immediately notice it in the texture of your hair. Straight hair becomes wavy, wavy hair becomes curly and curly hair becomes even curlier and frizzy.
How does sunlight damage your hair?
You might already know that prolonged exposure to the sun - UVA and UVB rays - can damage your hair. Here’s why: sunlight and heat absorb moisture from your hair cuticles and it also degrades the protein in your hair strands, which leads to hair protein loss, leading to weak and brittle hair.
How to prep & protect your hair for swimming
So how do you care for your hair when you’re at the beach or in the pool? As you probably already know, sun, salty water and chlorine can be extremely drying for the hair, making it more susceptible to breakage. This makes pre- and post-swim hair care routines extremely important.
Pre-swim hair care routine
The night before you’ll be going swimming, apply our Honey Infused Scalp Treatment. You can use this twice per week during your holiday to keep your scalp hydrated. This is important, because your scalp will also be exposed to sunlight and your skin may also be dried out from the water.
Simply apply this product in the evening, onto dry hair, leaving it on overnight to fully absorb. There is no need to rinse this out the next day, especially if you’ll be swimming!
Before heading to the pool or beach, wet your hair in the shower, and follow up with a generous amount of Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner from root to tip. This will prevent your hair from absorbing as much salt water or chlorine.
This will also help lock in moisture, and prevent your hair from being stripped of its natural oils while you swim. Finally it will prevent tangling, and keep your hair soft and manageable after swimming.
Follow this up with the Propolis Infused Heat Protection Spray to protect your hair from sun damage. Prolonged exposure to the sun and UV-rays can damage the hair cuticle, leading to discoloration, dryness, split ends and frizziness.
Swim and enjoy! If you’re having a long day in the water, you might consider re-applying both products, just as you would with sunscreen.
Post-swim hair care routine
If you’re on holiday and know you’ll be right back in the water the next day, you can do a simple rinse with water once you’re home, otherwise, opt for a gentle cleanse with our Honey Infused Hair Wash to remove the salt and chemicals. You don’t want to end up washing your hair with shampoo too often as this can also be drying.
After washing, use our Honey Infused Hair Mask to deeply hydrate and nourish the hair, and restore it after any stress it went through during the day. Leave this on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing, and finishing off with the Honey Infused Conditioner to seal in the mask.
Once you’re out of the shower, gently squeeze out all excess water and follow up with a couple of drops of the Honey Infused Hair Oil on damp hair. This is a great final step to lock in hydration, and keep your hair moisturised for the next day by the pool/beach.
Summer hair care tips and tricks
Not only should you be drinking your water, but you should also give your hair a little extra hydration on those warm summer days. The Honey Infused Leave-In Conditioner is the perfect lightweight product for hydrating your hair between washes. It gives your hair a quick conditioning refresh, without leaving it feeling sticky or weighed down.
As an added bonus, this product will also offer protection against environmental heat (ie. the sun!). Simply apply this product to the lengths of your hair before leaving the house, combing it through to make sure the product is evenly distributed.
Avoid heat styling
As your hair is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, consider reducing the number of times you heat style your hair to prevent putting any extra stress on it.
If you are worried about your hair turning frizzy if it air dries, apply a pea-sized amount of the Propolis Infused Polishing Primer to the lengths of your hair to cut down drying time and prevent frizz. You could also try Negin’s signature heatless curls routine here.
Protect yourself from the sun
Just like you’d protect your skin from the sun, your hair and scalp should be protected too! As mentioned previously, use the Propolis Infused Heat Protection Spray to protect from UV rays, and don’t forget your hat! This is key for protecting your hair and your scalp from the sun.
At-home hair treatments
During the summer months your hair can benefit from some extra at-home hair treatments, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun, on the beach or in the pool. There are three different types of hair treatments you can do once or twice a week, to prevent dryness, damage and breakage:
Read this article to find out how to improve the overall health of your hair with these three types of hair treatments, and also how to apply them.
We love Negin’s signature mask treatment to deeply nourish and restore your locks. Combine a generous amount of the Honey Infused Hair Mask with 3 to 4 drops of the Honey Infused Hair Oil. Apply this mixture from root to tip and allow it to absorb overnight. In the morning you can do a gentle cleanse to remove any excess product, and finish off with conditioner. Et voila! Deeply nourished and healthy hair.
Go-to Summer hair style: beachy waves
Nothing says summer like beachy waves. It’s the perfect low maintenance hairstyle for a day at the park, or lunch on a terrace (or whatever your favourite warm-weather activity might be). It also requires no heat tools, which is perfect for limiting heat damage during the warmer months.
To create this beautiful tousled look, we will be using our Propolis Infused line: the Primer, Heat Protecting Spray and Texturizing Wave Spray. All of these products contain our Mirsalehi Propolis. Propolis is used by bees to cover and support the walls of the beehive, as it offers strengthening, hold, and protection properties. This amazing natural ingredient offers the same benefits for your hair, making it the perfect ingredient for our styling line.
Step by step beachy waves:
Prep your hair with Propolis Infused Polishing Primer by warming up a pea-sized amount of the product between your palms and applying it throughout damp hair to create hold and texture.
Next, apply a couple of sprays of the Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray throughout damp hair. This is going to add volume and hold, and give you those irresistible waves!
To create beachy waves you can simply just scrunch the Propolis Infused Texturizing Wave Spray into the hair to promote a natural tousled look.
If you want to take it one step further and create additional wave and texture, wrap your hair into a low bun or braid (there are many different techniques you can try) and secure it.
Allow this to dry completely for a few hours or overnight before taking it out.
Before heading out into the sun, finish off with our Propolis infused Heat Protection Spray. This product contains a UV filter and is ideal for protecting your hair from sun damage!
Take care of your hair and scalp the same way you would take care of your skin. Keep it hydrated, protect it from salt and harsh chemicals and importantly protect it from the sun!
By Mana, Gisou Beauty Advisor