What Does Summer Do to My Hair?

The summer is supposed to be fun, but hair problems can quickly turn it into a frustrating season. The summertime can affect your hair in many ways, most of which are difficult to deal with. But there’s no need to worry. This article will tell you what summer does to hair and what you can do about it.

During the summertime, you may notice that your hair is drier, frizzier, and more difficult to manage. The extent to which summer will affect your hair depends entirely on whether you take protective measures to preserve your hair’s health.  

Why Is My Hair Worse in The Summer?

It’s 100% normal for your hair to suffer and rebel in the summer. In this section, we’ll tell you why! The summertime is known to affect your hair in numerous ways, including:

  • The increased moisture in the air can make your hair frizzy. When you go from indoors to outdoors, your hair sucks in the moisture from the outside environment. This moisture causes the hair cuticles to swell in unpredictable ways, leading to visible frizz.

  • The sun’s UV rays can suck moisture from your hair. The sun’s UV rays are at their maximum intensity in the summertime. So, if you spend a lot of time out in the sun during the summer months (without hair protection), you may notice that your hair feels drier to the touch.

  • Chemicals from pools and saltwater can be drying. Your hair can take a beating every time you hop in the pool or swim in the ocean. The chlorine in the pool water and salt from the sea both dry out your strands beyond belief.

Can Summer Make Your Hair Dry?

As briefly mentioned earlier, summer can make your hair dry. But it may not happen right away. It could take several outdoor outings for you to see any adverse effects. The more time you spend outside in the sun or the water, the drier your hair will become.

What Happens to Natural Hair In The Summer?

Natural hair is especially susceptible to summer-related damage. It shows signs of dryness, frizz, and damage relatively quickly as opposed to hair that’s tucked away in a protective style. That’s why many people wear wigs or protective styles when they go on vacation. The less your natural hair is exposed during the summer months, the healthier it will be overall.

How to Protect Your Hair in the Summer

If you want your hair to look great during and after summertime, you’ll need to take a few steps to protect it. Here are some tried-and-true ways to do just that:

  1. Use a quality leave-in conditioner to keep your strands moisturized. Doing so will fight dryness and frizz.

  2. Don’t skimp out on UV protectant hairspray.

  3. Before swimming, cover your hair up with a swim cap or wet your hair down. Either of these will stop salt and chemicals from drying out your hair.

  4. Wear your hair in a protective style, like wigs, weaves, or braids.

  5. If you can’t take the above protective measures, limit the time that your hair is exposed to the outside elements or wear a scarf.

We hope that this article has been helpful to you, and we wish you the best with your hair this summer!


Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.

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