How to Get Summer-Ready Hair

Get ready for the sunny days ahead with our best tips and nourishing hair care products.

You may have your summer wardrobe ready to go, but is your hair prepped for the warm weather ahead? From humidity and fade-inducing UV rays to chlorine-packed pools and sweaty days at the beach, preparing your locks for the summer season is absolutely essential. Here, we’ll walk you through how to get healthy, summer-ready hair, the products you’ll need, and even how to get a sunkissed finish.

Step 1: Invest in a hydrating shampoo and conditioner

Hydration is the key to healthy hair when you mix in the summer sun, so start your warm-weather routine with our Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Duo. Packed with nutrients, like quinoa for color protection and avocado oil to help boost moisture, this duo is a summer hair care must.

Replenishing your sun-drenched hair in the shower with our Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Duo will help your strands stay nourished and soft long after the sun sets on the summer. Together, they’re the solution to stressed-out, dehydrated strands. Adding both to your daily shower routine will result in healthier hair that may be more resistant to future damage. Talk about being prepared!

With thoughtfully-selected ingredients and a gentle SLS and SLES-free formula that does not strip hair while cleansing, your vibrant color is maintained and protected while your strands are given a major moisture boost and super-hydrating conditioning treatment.

Step 2: Use a leave-in conditioner after you shower

To lock-in hydration throughout those sunny summer days, make sure to use a leave-in conditioner like our Universal Leave-In. After you’re done showering, follow up with this creamy yet lightweight treatment formulated for all hair types. You’ll be delighted in how it breezes through tangles, tames frizz, and provides all-day hydration. 

Let your locks bask in nutrient-rich ingredients such as replenishing Rice Seed Protein and reinforcing Rice Bran Seed for round-the–clock hydration you can always count on. This leave-in also makes the perfect go-to moisturizing primer to use before applying your favorite styling products.

Step 3: Go for heatless styles

Since you’re getting enough heat outside, our specialists suggest embracing heatless hair styles during the summertime. 

Take advantage of the rising temps and let your hair air dry to get an effortless look. Top off with Cloud Mousse for the perfect beach waves that stay in place without being weighed down. The best part? Taking a break from blow drying is always a good idea when it comes to restoring your hair’s health. 

Another option that is summer heat-approved: a simple up-do! Toss your hair into a ponytail or bun and secure with a hair tie (or two) to sweep any hair off of your face and neck. 

We get it, though. Not everyone is able to give up heat tools. If you must use them, make sure to use our Triple Prep spray to shield strands. Spritz four to six times on towel-dried hair before styling, then go from there as you see fit. 

Triple Prep can also be used even if you are choosing to forego the heat tools, as it protects from environmental stressors that summer fun-in-the-sun is made-up of. This five-factor favorite is made with Quinoa, Sunflower Seed Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, and Chamomile Extract to provide the most beneficial color care when styling. You can never go wrong with a formula like that in your summer hair care routine.

Step 4: Finish with a hydrating styler

Summer should be fun. Dry hair, split ends, and sun-damaged hair? No fun! Unfortunately, the sun strips the hair of moisture, making room for dry hair and damaged strands. Avoid these mishaps by finishing off your summertime hair with a hydrating styler. 

Colorist Tip: Throw in your beach bag for on-the-go hydration all summer long that no strand can resist.

For a sleek and polished finish, follow up with a smoothing cream. Our innovative Velvet Primer is the perfect choice to top off your summer-ready hair. As it combats frizz and adds luster to your 'do, this lightweight formula softens, strengthens, and helps to prevent hair damage for a sleek, tangle-free finish that radiates some major carefree summer vibes. 

Bonus: Get a sunkissed glow with Light Set

Want that just-left-the-beach glow without actually sitting under the hot and harmful sun for hours? Our Light Set is the secret to getting perfectly sunkissed highlights right at home this summer season. Using a freehand balayage technique, this kit allows you to paint on dimension where the sun would naturally kiss your tresses. 

To keep your highlighted locks looking natural, try using our Neutralizing Tint Rinse to keep brassiness at bay. Your tresses will be vibrant and looking sun-touched long after summer is gone.

Summer is all about fun-in-the-sun. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of the natural beauty this warm and sunny season brings, especially when it comes to your hair. But make sure you’ve got your sun protection on! 

We are excited to see how you enhance your air-dried hair, beachy waves, or effortless up-do with these steps. Make sure to tag us in your summertime selfies on social @eSalon