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Protect Your Hair in the Summer

by Shilpi Tomar {{"2016-06-16T15:00:00.000Z" | blogDate:'MMMM d, y'}}

Beach image via Bigstock

Summer is coming up soon, and though more sun means more fun for you, it can be a challenge for your hair--it can dry out your ends, damage colored hair, and even give your scalp a sunburn! That’s why it’s important to keep the sun from getting to those gorgeous locks. With all the pool parties, UV rays, and humidity coming up, the hair-centric folks at Madison Reed want to make sure you’re prepared with the right tools and routines to get your hair ready for a fun-packed summer.

A sunhat.

Get a wide-brimmed hat--you'll cover your scalp and add a bit of style at the same time. Switch it up with a sunhat, baseball cap, bowler or big floppy hat to make sure your hair is out of the sun all day. 

UV protection hair care.

Try a leave-in detangler or conditioner to keep your locks hydrated and protected. If you don’t have much time, you can try a product that already has UV protection for hair built in, like Madison Reed’s own shampoo & conditioner.  

DIY sunscreen for hair.

If you can’t find the product you want, and feel like using a more natural hair care product to protect your hair from the sun’s rays, you can make your own!

    How to make DIY sunscreen for hair:

  • 1 oz. coconut oil - has natural SPF properties
  • 0.8 oz shea butter - naturally protects and hydrates the skin
  • 0.1 oz jojoba oil - a natural carrier oil
  • 0.1 oz vitamin E oil - to preserve the sunscreen
  • Zinc oxide powder - use accordingly:
    • For SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
    • For SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
    • For SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
    • For SPF >20: Use 20% zinc oxide

    Mix them all together and put it in a spray bottle, a glass jar, or a regular bottle. This will end up being a little over 2 ounces of product, so make sure the container can fit all of the solution.


Keep the chlorine at bay. Summer means a lot of swimming in pools, and you know what that means. Chlorine is known to dry out your ends and sometimes turn your hair green (yikes)! Protect your hair from chlorine by using some conditioner. Just follow these steps...

    How to protect your hair from chlorine:

  1. Wet your hair in the shower and comb through with a wide tooth comb. Squeeze out excess water.
  2. Apply a dime-sized amount of Nourishing Color Enhancing Conditioner throughout the midlengths and ends of your hair (apply the remaining conditioner on the scalp).
  3. Tie your hair up in a bun and dip in!

The conditioner will not only protect your hair from chlorine, but it will also keep your hair from turning green in pool water. Plus, it’ll protect your hair from UV rays.

Take a break from heat styling. It’s one of the best things you can do for your hair during the summer. The blow dryer, the hair straightener and the curling iron can make hair fabulous, but since the weather permits air drying, take a break from the heat styling once in a while. It’ll help reduce split ends and promote more hydration. 

Try heatless beach waves. Heatless hairstyles are in more than ever. One of the most beautiful ways to wear your hair for the summer is to give it a flowy beach wave. Just follow these steps to get the look...

    How to get a beach wave hairstyle:

  1. Wash your hair the night before and add some hydrating serum to the ends. Wait until your hair is 70% dry before styling.
  2. Braid your hair into four different sections and fasten it with a small hair tie. 
  3. Sleep on a silk (or satin) pillow and wake up with gorgeous waves. Add just a little bit of mousse and shine serum to your hair to keep it intact. Add some texturizing spray to keep the beach waves looking piecey. 

Try a DIY hair mask. Summer is all about keeping your hair in shape, and using natural ingredients to give it a boost of hydration, shine and strength. Here are a few hair masks you can try at home: 

Hair mask #1: Add a tablespoon of honey to two tablespoons of milk. Stir until you get a creamy consistency, and spread into the midlengths and ends of your hair. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, then gently rinse out. Say hello to deeply moisturized hair!

Hair mask #2: Combine an egg white, olive oil and avocado in a bowl, and mix. Apply the solution to your hair, and keep the mask on for 10 minutes. Rinse out and shampoo & condition as usual. Unleash super-shiny hair when you blow dry. 

Hair mask #3: Add a half ounce of greek yogurt and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a bowl. Mix it up until the consistency is even, and apply the mask all over your hair (make more of the solution if you need it). Wash your hair out after 15 minutes and reveal soft, smooth hair. 

Want to learn more about what’s best for your hair? Get personalized recommendations from the Color Crew, our team of certified colorists and professional stylists who listen carefully and tailor suggestions based on your preferences and hair. Call 1.888.550.9586, email colorcrew@madison-reed.com, or chat them to get a free consultation with experts who care!

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