Summer is finally here and that means long, lazy days chilling outdoors, sipping on a cocktail or two and enjoying the beach. Unfortunately soaking up the sunshine has its downside. Not only do you have to take extra care of your skin, but it can cause some serious hair problems, too.

Luckily, with the right products and a little extra effort, strong, healthy summer hair is totally doable.

Colour fading

Keeping your colour from fading can be tricky, especially during the summer months when all you want to do is soak up the sun. In addition to wearing a sun hat to protect your hair from exposure to harsh sun rays, try to use a treatment for coloured hair once a week to keep your strands strong.

Try: Pantene Repair and Protect shampoo and conditioner for colour-treated hair 400ml, R69,99

 

Pantene Colour Therapy Conditioner, R42,95

Pantene Colour Therapy Conditioner

The greasy scalp

A lightweight shampoo will be your best friend this summer, especially when the heat causes your head to sweat a little more. Stick to clear shampoos and don’t forget to condition – skipping conditioner will strip your hair of moisture and your body will naturally overproduce oils.

Try: Pantene’s Pro-V Aqualight Shampoo and Conditioner 4ooml, R69,99)

 

Pantene's Aqualight shampoo

Pantene’s Aqualight shampoo

Unruly, ‘can’t do anything’ kinda hair

There are times when your hair just isn’t behaving in the way you wish it would. If all else fails, keep your hair in twists and braids so that they remain manageable. Braid the front of your hair or plait a full braid to keep your hair out of the way. Using Pantene’s Gold Deep Moisturising Soufflé (R74,99) will keep your hair shiny and healthy-looking even if styling becomes tricky.

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Texture that is prone to frizz

If you have naturally frizzy hair, the summer months can be unbearable. There are two solutions: 1. Keep it in a neat style like a combed-back chignon or 2. Let it hang out, but add a curl styling cream or treatment to tone down the texture. Pantene’s 24hr Frizz Fighter (R74,99)

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Bangs = forehead breakouts

Aah, bangs. Yes, they are super cute, but they’re the first part of your hair that gets greasy from sweat. When leaving them down is high maintenance, slip them back with an on-trend hairband or statement clip.