After a spring spent mostly indoors, we’re guessing more than a few of you are planning to spend as much time outside this summer as your schedule permits. (Socially distanced picnic, anyone?) Which is all well and good, until you realize all those hours soaking up the sun have left you with dull, dry hair that’s full of split ends. It’s one of those unfortunate summer side effects that feels inevitable—but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these five quick tips for keeping dry hair at bay all summer long.
1. Use a gentle shampoo.
Between swimming, exercising outdoors, and that icky-sticky feeling summer sun and humidity can leave you with, there’s a decent chance you’ll be washing your hair more than usual. To minimize wear and tear, reach for a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo that will cleanse without stripping your hair’s natural oils. All of our shampoos are sulfate-free, but if you’re looking for a place to start, we recommend Hydrating Shampoo. It works for all hair types and contains nourishing argan oil and moisturizing red algae, making dry hair a thing of the past.
2. Don’t forget sun care.
We all know that basking in the sun sans SPF is a huge no-no when it comes to your skin. But have you considered the effect all those rays might have on your hair? Our multitasking Protect & Prevent Spray is a lightweight hair protectant formulated to help prevent color fade and brassiness. It also contains—you guessed it—sunscreens to help absorb UV rays, and weightlessly increases softness and shine. Use it before you step outside and forget dry hair ever darkened your doorstep.
3. Commit to a weekly hair mask.
We’ve covered the reasons why absolutely everyone can benefit from a good hair mask. This is particularly true when summer rolls around and the battle against dry hair begins. Fortunately, we take hair hydration so seriously that we created not one but two moisturizing masks. Intense Hydrating Mask work on medium to thick, dry hair to dramatically improve hair’s texture, elasticity, shine, and manageability. Weightless Hydrating Mask has the same benefits, but in a lighter formula that won’t weigh fine hair down. Both are easy to use and don’t require heat to deliver results. Just apply throughout towel-dried hair (use a wide-tooth comb if needed to ensure even distribution). Leave on for 5–7 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
4. Make moisture part of your daily routine.
Treating dry hair isn’t a one-and-done type deal—it’s an ongoing process. Maintain the magic your mask has worked by incorporating moisturizing styling products into your everyday routine. Moroccanoil Treatment is an ideal daily go-to, because you can use it on its own before air-drying or as a nourishing foundation for other styling products on days when you need to step up your game. Feeling a blowout? Reach for anti-frizz Hydrating Styling Creamto add soft hold + mega moisture to your look. (And don’t forget to protect your hair from heat damage with Perfect Defense!)
5. Minimize heat styling.
Flat irons, blow-dryers, and curling irons sure do work magic, but they also tend to compound the drying effects of summer. Whenever possible, skip the heat and let your hair dry on its own. Try air-drying with Moroccanoil Treatment (or Intense Curl Cream, for curly girls) to fight frizz and boost shine. To zhoosh up already dry hair, you can’t beat Dry Texture Spray. Mending Infusion is also a must-have for dry hair styling. In addition to sealing split ends, it combats other visual signs of damage and contains a blend of argan oil and baobab extracts to leave hair silky and touchable. With the right tools in your arsenal and a little bit of experimentation, you’ll be on well on your way to finding an air-dried look you love.