Summer Hair Survival Guide: Tips for Protecting Your Locks from Sun Damage

Ah, summer—the season of sun, surf, and sand. As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, we flock to beaches, pools, and parks to soak up the warmth. While we diligently slather on sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun’s harsh rays, it’s easy to overlook another vulnerable part of our body: our hair. The sun, along with saltwater and chlorine, can wreak havoc on your locks, leaving them dry, brittle, and discolored. But fear not! With a little care and the right techniques, you can keep your hair healthy and vibrant all summer long. Here’s your ultimate guide to protecting your hair from sun damage.

1. Shield with a Hat or Scarf

One of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your hair from the sun is to cover it up. A wide-brimmed hat not only shields your hair but also provides added protection for your face and neck. Alternatively, a stylish scarf can add a chic touch to your summer outfit while keeping your hair safe from UV rays. Opt for light, breathable fabrics to avoid overheating.

2. Use UV Protection Products

Just as your skin needs sunscreen, your hair can benefit from products that offer UV protection. Look for leave-in conditioners, sprays, or serums that contain UV filters. These products create a protective barrier against the sun’s harmful rays, helping to prevent damage and color fading. Apply them generously before heading outdoors.

3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

The summer sun can strip your hair of its natural moisture, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. Combat this by using deep conditioning treatments and hair masks like our Hair Butter regularly. Look for products with ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, which are known for their hydrating properties. One such product is our Scalp and Hair Treatment. Additionally, leave-in conditioners can provide an extra layer of moisture throughout the day.

4. Avoid Heat Styling

Your hair is already battling the heat of the sun, so try to give it a break from additional heat sources like blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners. Embrace your natural texture and opt for air-drying whenever possible. If you must use heat styling tools, apply a heat protectant spray beforehand to minimize damage.

5. Rinse After Swimming

Whether you’re diving into the ocean or lounging by the pool, it’s important to rinse your hair with fresh water immediately after swimming. Saltwater and chlorine can be particularly harsh on hair, causing it to become dry and brittle. Rinsing your hair helps to remove these chemicals and prevent them from causing long-term damage.

6. Embrace Protective Hairstyles

Protective hairstyles like braids, buns, and twists can help minimize sun exposure and reduce the risk of damage. These styles not only keep your hair neat and manageable but also protect the ends, which are the oldest and most vulnerable parts of your hair. Plus, they’re perfect for achieving a laid-back summer look.

7. Trim Regularly

Regular trims are essential for maintaining healthy hair, especially in the summer. Trimming the ends every 6-8 weeks helps to prevent split ends and breakage, keeping your hair looking fresh and vibrant. If you’re growing out your hair, don’t worry—a small trim won’t drastically affect your length but will improve the overall health of your locks.

8. Eat a Balanced Diet

Healthy hair starts from within, and a balanced diet plays a crucial role in maintaining your hair’s health. Ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals, particularly those that promote hair health, such as vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as biotin and omega-3 fatty acids. Foods like salmon, avocados, nuts, and leafy greens are excellent choices for nourishing your hair from the inside out. At Atarah, we offer two top-selling treatments designed to restore hydration to your hair: our Bestselling Hair Oil and Hair Butter.

9. DIY Hair Masks

Pamper your hair with natural, homemade masks using ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. For a hydrating boost, mix avocado, honey, and olive oil into a smooth paste and apply it to your hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. This mask can help restore moisture and shine to sun-damaged hair. 

10. Stay Hydrated

Finally, don’t forget to hydrate your body. Drinking plenty of water is essential for overall health and can directly impact the condition of your hair. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.

Final Thoughts

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but it doesn’t have to come at the expense of your hair’s health. By taking a few simple precautions and incorporating these tips into your routine, you can enjoy the sun without worrying about the toll it might take on your locks. Remember, healthy hair is beautiful hair, so give your tresses the love and care they deserve this summer.

So go ahead, bask in the sunshine, and make the most of the season. With these tips in your arsenal, you’re all set to have a fabulous hair day, every day, all summer long!