Now that we’re gradually emerging from the pandemic and salons are reopening, it may be time to give our scalp a little love and help our hair bounce back as we enter the summer of emerging from the pandemic. As one of the most defining physical qualities, hair color and style are often part of the “wow” factor in expressing your individual style and often play a huge role in creating a lasting first impression. So, whether you’re stylizing a fresh hairdo or embracing its natural shape, well-maintained, healthy hair always makes other people stop and look. That is why it is key to build a proper regimen with the right products that make your hair feel cherished and strong so that you feel and look like yourself this summer!
Identifying your hair type is the first step to caring.
- Oily: Humidity and high summer temperatures make us sweat, producing and enabling more oils to spread throughout greasy hair. Avoid products with buzzwords like “anti-frizz” or “shine-enhancing.” Instead, look for volumizing properties to lift the hair away from the oily roots or products that help with a dry scalp (ironically, dry scalps responds by producing more sebum)
- Dry: Hair gets brittle and is prone to breakage when exposed to the summer’s strong UV rays as well as chlorinated and salt water from pools and beaches. Moisturizing conditioner with UV protectants and nourishing natural oils with coconut or jojoba are your best friends. Trim split ends to keep your hair light and alive.
- Combo: Oily on top, dry at the ends, you will need to pay extra attention to different parts of your hair. Shampoo with products that focus on oily scalps only at the top of your hair, and apply hydrating conditioner from mid-length to the ends of your hair.
Improper products and ingredients also create more split ends, breakages, and excessive oil build-up, so understanding common hair types will lead you to save time on finding products that work for your hair and scalp.
First, we’ll start off with shampoos for every kind of hair type.
We love the Nutritive Shampoo by Kerastase ($31). Ultra-nourishing and protective, this shampoo will keep your hair hydrated and strengthened. A leave-in conditioner is also crucial; Ouai’s Leave In Conditioner ($26) is a great option for dry hair.
Monat’s Clarifying Shampoo ($35) provides a deep clean, ensuring that all build-up and grease are removed from your oily locks. Lastly, if you’re somewhere in the middle with combo hair, try the Triple Detox Shampoo by Living Proof ($29). It gently removes buildup from dirt, dandruff, and hard water that causes oily roots while restoring shine down to the dry ends.
All Hair Types
Scalp care should always be incorporated into your products to start with healthy roots. One option is Innersense’s True Enlightenment Scalp Scrub ($42). Not only does this scalp scrub help with restoration, but it’s also a clean and sustainable beauty product. We also love Julien Farel’s Vitamin Restore Hair & Scalp Shampoo ($39). This product is one of a kind because all hair types can benefit from this long-term scalp treatment that shampoos, conditions and treats in one step. Although gentle, it powerfully rejuvenates and visibly changes your hair after just one use. For conditioner, Love Beauty & Planet’s Blue-Green Algae Eucalyptus Conditioner ($6.99) is a product that is cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free and dye-free and effectively adds extra hydration to your hair. After cleansing and conditioning, we love the Balmain Pre Styling Cream ($44); it’s the perfect light styling creme for every hair type!
Alongside repairing damaged hair, it’s important to use products to prevent any future damage from occurring this summer. For this job, the Shea Butter Intense Mask by Fekkai ($36) adds an essential layer of protection to your hair while helping you to avoid dryness and frizz. Hair mists can also help with volumizing; for this, R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray ($32) works wonders to instantly make the hair appear fuller on the go. If you’re looking for a spray to help style your hair instead, a classic option is L’Oreal’s Elnett Hair Spray ($14.99). Although lightweight, it’s trusted for its strength and ability to make styling your hair absolutely effortless, even for the finest of hair strands.
We’ve discussed quite a few hair products, but we’ve yet to touch upon tools. Julien Farel Professional Hair Dryer 1875W ($132), used by many celebrity hair stylists, employs overheating protection, as well as multiple speeds and heat settings to prevent damage. Another tool that protects hair while keeping the hair-drying process efficient for you in the morning or at night is Infiniti Pro by Conair Salon Professional Hair Dryer 1875W ($30).