Summertime Haircare 101

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We are only a few weeks from Memorial Day weekend and the hot, summery weather is about to pop off! I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to bask in all the summertime glory the season has to offer. Outdoor festivals, beach trips, cookouts and more. Summer is amazing!

But with all that outside activity, your hair’s health can sometimes suffer under the changing environmental elements. From sun damage to excessive buildup due to sweating, these seasonal shifts can harm your gorgeous tresses. It’s important that you protect your hair and that means switching up your summer haircare routine.

Not sure where to start? No worries, because The Cut Life has a list of tips that’ll keep your hair looking fly (and healthy) all summer long.

Pump It Up

If the summer humidity causes you to have limp hair, then swap out your heavier hair oils or hair grease for an oil-based serum, like Paul Mitchell’s Smoothing Super Skinny Serum. For added volume, roll your hair instead of wrapping your at night with soft Comfy Curlers like this. Natural girls can add volume by attaching a hair diffuser to their blow dryer or using a good, old-fashioned hair pick for more body.


Yes, we love big hair, but extreme frizz is not always cute. The best antidote is to moisturize and hydrate your hair. Natural girls can spray their hair with rose water to revive the curl, as well as tame the poof. Straight hair gals, use a moisturizing conditioner, like John Frieda Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioning Spray to fight the humidity.

Damage Control

If your hair has been over processed due to heat, coloring or excessive manipulation, then try a protective hairstyle, like braids, twists or faux-locs to give your mane a break. Between wearing your protective style, make sure to properly cleanse your hair. You should also nourish your hair with a deep conditioner and protect your follicles from further damage with a DIY protein and/or hot oil treatment. (There are plenty of do-it-yourself ideas on Pinterest.) Regular trims are necessary and great for getting rid of dead ends too.

Bust the Buildup

With the temperature getting hotter, you are more prone to sweat, which can cause more buildup. To combat this, use a clarifying shampoo, like Water Works Clarifying Shampoo. Clarifying shampoos are also good during those pool days when you’re splashing around in all that chlorine water. BUT, do not go overboard with the shampooing as that can cause the hair to become dry. Alternate with a co-wash, like As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner for a mild cleanse.


Sunburns not only affect your skin, but can also fry your hair. To treat and protect against the harsh UV rays, try spraying your hair and scalp with a water and aloe vera or coconut oil mix. These items include natural enzymes and vitamins that add relief to sunburns while acting as a protectant. Do this before and after hitting the pool or sandy beaches!

Fade Out

Color fading due to sun exposure is real. If you want to keep your hue haute, then remember to wear hats when catching rays and spritz on a color protecting spray, like Paul Mitchell’s Sun Shield Conditioning Spray.


Heat damage from using styling tools can happen during any season. This sort of over processing can lead to damaged follicles and if you’re natural, your curls or coils could lose their bounce. Try an apple cider vinegar rinse, which contains proteins, enzymes, and healthy bacteria to help nourish your hair and combat brittleness. Also, remember to use a heat protectant when styling. Try Cantu Shea Butter Thermal Shield Heat Protectant or Kiehl’s Heat Protective Silk Straightening Crème.

I hope these tips were helpful, Stunners! Let us know how you plan to stay hair healthy this summer.

All images from Pinterest. 

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