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The Most Challenging Summer Hair Problems, and How to Fix Them

The Most Challenging Summer Hair Problems, and How to Fix Them

It’s official. It’s time to let your hair down, this year you’ve certainly earned it! 

One caveat to planning those long leisurely days in the sun though, is to understand how summer can impact the health and appearance of your hair. This summer ensure you’re armed with the answers before you start to see the effects of the season on your hair.

Ideally you’ll be continually attending your hair with regular moisture, trims and preempting damage by tying it up and wearing a hat, but we all know that’s not always the reality. So when you emerge from the sea for the umpteeth time with hair that feels like straw, or you’re heading to an evening event and the idea of blow drying your hair in the heat feels incredibly unappealing, if you take heed of the below, you’ll know exactly how to proceed. 

Taming frizz and battling humidity

Whether your hair is pin-straight or super curly, high-moisture air in summer can mean trouble for any hair type, as frizziness and flyaways can wreak havoc. The answer lies in ensuring hair is healthy to begin with, as dry, damaged and porous hair is more susceptible to frizz, so ensure you stick with appropriate hydrating shampoo and conditioners and treatments. Make sure to squeeze your hair, not to rub it, while drying, then use a heat protectant styling cream and blow dry on a medium to cool setting to close the cuticles. Finally, call on a humidity ‘shield’ to protect your style. Spray Joico’s Humidity Blocker over hair after styling before leaving the house. 

Dry, crunchy hair that feels like straw

One of the most common issues in summer, particularly for those that get out in the elements and make the most of what New Zealand has to offer, is hair becoming dry and dehydrated and prone to breakage and split ends.  Whether you’re planning for the worst, or your locks are already feeling a little crispy, choose an ultra-hydrating shampoo and conditioner and treatment like Joico’s Moisture Recovery Shampoo, Conditioner and Balm that contain deeply quenching and smoothing botanicals, amino acids and rich, nourishing oils. In the evening try applying a treatment like Joico K-PAK Intense Hydrator to hair and tying hair up or popping under a shower cap for an hour or two before washing. If you’re heading to work or a party, using a touch of hair oil on the ends can minimise the appearance of dryness and split ends. 

The dreaded chlorine-green

Anyone with naturally blonde or lightened hair will likely have experienced the detrimental effects chemically treated pool water will have on their locks, often turning it an attractive shade of sea-monster green. It’s not just that though, sun exposure and lack of care can turn blondes golden or brassy. To keep your colour salon-fresh, use a dedicated colour-balancing shampoo and conditioner, like Joico’s Blonde Life Violet Shampoo and Conditioner once or twice a week or directly after you swim.

Hair colour fading

In general hair that’s been coloured gets a challenging time in summer, as the sun’s UV is quick to affect the intensity of your chosen hue, causing fading and dullness. While it’s easiest to tie hair up under a hat, if you need to be out and about for extended periods of time, the filters in Joico’s Defy Damage Protective Shield will help minimise any impact and it protects against heat damage from the sun and styling tools too. 

A greasy, sweaty scalp

Overwashing can contribute to dryness and breakage during summer, which in turn will increase frizz and split ends, but the cruel truth is that if you have an oily scalp the heat can only increase the problem, particularly if you’re athletic, meaning it’s so tempting to want to shampoo all the time. To help avoid overdoing it, try treating your roots directly every other day or when needed with a cleansing dry shampoo like Joico Weekend Hair Dry Shampoo, spraying it directly where it’s needed. It’ll mean your mid-lengths and ends that don’t need daily cleansing won’t be over-taxed. 

Drying your hair using your dryer on cool shot can help prevent your scalp from getting sweaty too. 

Battling knots and tangles

With this issue, prevention is better than a cure. If you have long hair and you’re going to be out and about, exercising, at the beach or even heading to an evening event, apply a leave-in treatment like Joico Color Therapy Luster Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine & Protect Spray and then braid hair neatly and secure up and away from the face. It will ensure you don’t have to battle a bird’s nest at the end of the day nor will you worry about a blow-dry going flat or fluffy. If you do have tangles and want to loosen them, apply the Lustre Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine & Protect Spray all over and take the time to gently separate and comb through them with a wide tooth comb. 

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