Summer Hair Care Made Simple
There are so many things to like about Summer. The longer days mean you have more time to get things done. Exercising is so much easier when it isn’t freezing. Barbeques and salads mean easy entertaining and catching up with friends. It’s also a much easier time to look after your hair. Drying takes so much less time (and often you can just air dry your hair), messy beach wave styles make styling simple and less time consuming, and the relative humidity and heat means hair tends to be less dry than during Winter (albeit a little frizzier). All in all, this adds up to Summer being a breeze for your hair, but you do still need to look after it and use the right products. No matter your hair concern, we’ve found some great products to treat it. Which products do we recommend for gorgeous Summer hair? Read on to find out.
Best for Everyday Cleansing – Palmers Natural Fusions Cleanser & Conditioner
Using Micellar technology, which attracts dirt and excess oil away from your hair and scalp, resulting in a gentler cleanse for your hair, the Palmers Natural Fusions Micellar Rosewater Cleanser is your hair’s Summer friend. The sulfate free formula doesn’t strip your hair, so it’s a perfect for drier, textured and coloured hair over Summer, and it’s gentle enough to be used everyday, or as needed. Follow up with the Palmers Natural Fusions Lavender Rosewater Conditioner, which infuses your hair with natural moisturisers to replace lost moisture, leaving hair hydrated and less prone to frizz. The end result, hair that is super soft and replenished. As a bonus for earth friendly readers, both products are made from 95% naturally sourced ingredients. With the Micellar technology, I can go for 3-4 days between hair washes with this duo, making them super economical. 350ml each RRP $16.99 each.
Best for Lightweight Hydration – Not Your Mother’s Naturals Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner
If your hair is prone to dryness, you still need to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner over Summer – the trick is to find one that is weightless, so your hair still has volume and bounce. Enter Not Your Mother’s Naturals Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner. Made from 98% naturally derived ingredients, both are formulated with a luxurious blend of Blue Sea Kale and Coconut Water, which provides your hair with weightless hydration, filled with vitamins and minerals. Both are Silicone, Paraben, Sulfate Surfectant, Dye, Gluten and Phthalate free, offering gentle care for your hair. The Shampoo gently cleanses your hair, whilst the Conditioner lightly yet thoroughly moisturises your hair, leaving it super soft and hydrated (and for me, with a gorgeous beachy wave). 473ml each, RRP $16.95 each.
Best for Reducing Frizz – John Frieda Forever Smooth Frizz Ease Shampoo & Conditioner
It has to be said, whilst we like the warmer temperatures of Summer, we don’t like the oft-resulting hair frizz. Tame your frizzy tresses with the best selling John Frieda Forever Smooth Frizz Ease Shampoo & Conditioner. Helping to build your hair’s internal barrier and frizz immunity from the inside out, the Shampoo, containing a blend of pure coconut oil and conditioning agents, helps combat the porosity of frizzy hair. The Conditioner penetrates hair fibres, helping combat the porosity of dry, damaged hair, and helps to build an internal barrier, with noticeably smoother hair resulting from continued use. Frizz free hair – yes please. I love the super smooth feeling my hair has after using this duo. 250ml each RRP $15.99 each.
Best for Volume – Herbal Essences bio:renew Naked Volume white grapefruit & mosa mint Shampoo & Conditioner
Were you born with super fine hair, or has your hair thinned with age (if you can’t see, our hand is up). Do you dread seeing all your friends with thick wavy beach styles, because, let’s face it, Summer is the one time when your hair should have volume? There are ways to increase the volume of your hair, and a Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner are a great start. The Herbal Essences bio:renew Naked Volume white grapefruit & mosa mint range is specifically crafted with naturally inspired ingredients to help gently boost your hair volume. Herbal Essences bio renew has a blend of antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp to help purify and protect hair from impurities, helping to bring your hair back to life. Colourant and gluten free (the shampoo is also silicone free), the range is safe for coloured hair. We love it for the gorgeous fresh scent, and the super soft, subtly volumised hair. Shampoo & Conditioner 400ml each RRP $11.99 each.
Best for Repairing Hair – Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 Repair & Protect Shampoo & Conditioner
As you might have guessed from the name, the Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 Repair & Protect Shampoo & Conditioner deliver 10 hair repairing and protection benefits in each product. Both the Shampoo and Conditioner help to prevent split ends, strengthen your hair against breakage, smooth your hair, moisturise, soften, enhance shine, improve manageability, detangle, and restore natural volume to your hair. The Shampoo also provides balanced cleansing, whilst the Conditioner helps control frizz. The Pro-Vitamin formula contains the active ingredient histidine to help repair damage for stronger, shinier hair over time. My hair feels super soft and nourished after using these beauties. Shampoo & Conditioner 350ml each, RRP $6.99 each.
Best for Coloured Hair – Franck Provost Paris J’aime My Revelateur de Couleur Shampoo & Conditioner
Summer can be coloured hair’s worst enemy, fading that gorgeous colour you’ve spent all that time and money getting just right. If you colour your hair, it’s especially important to use a Shampoo and Conditioner for Coloured Hair over Summer – look for one with a UV filter, to protect your hair from colour-fade in the harsh Summer sun. We love the Franck Provost Paris J’aime My Revelateur de Couleur Shampoo & Conditioner, which in addition to having the UV Filter, has Marine Collagen, to help fix your hair colour by adhering to your hair’s keratin, Gojj Berry, which helps to protect your hair against external factors, helping to combat ageing, and Green tea, helping to protect against oxidation, pollution and sunlight. The end result, super soft, protected hair, which retains colour for longer. 300ml each RRP $17.99.
Best Dry Shampoo – Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Long a favourite of Beauty Editors everywhere, the Klorane Dry Shampoo has saved many a day (and do) when time hasn’t permitted a much needed hair wash. It’s brilliant for hair that can get a little oilier over Summer. The combination of highly absorbent micro powders, and oat milk (traditionally used for soothing and protecting powers), restores freshness and lightness to hair, helping it to regain its texture in as little as 2 minutes. The formula is also paraben, colorant, and sulphate-free. 150ml RRP $14.95, also available in a travel friendly 50ml size, and a new 250ml XL size for frequent users. I personally love the tinted formula for dark hair – no tell-tale dry shampoo signs at all!
Best for Styling – Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Soft Dust Volumiser
Some of our favourite things about Summer are the gorgeously easy beach-inspired hair styles, but as we know, they don’t just happen. Create natural movement and subtle wavy textures with the Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Soft Dust Volumising Powder. This clever nourishing powder gives hair instant root lift & volume, leaving your hair feeling moisturised and soft to touch. Formulated with hero ingredients coconut extract and sea salt, the powder gives your hair incredible texture. The Volumising Powder is perfect for hair that thins as we age, or for fine hair at any age. RRP $27.95.
Best Hair Oil – Moroccanoil Treatment
Hair oils are a brilliant conditioning and styling product, so easy to use any time of the year, and they leave your hair super soft. Moroccanoil Treatment, the product that pioneered oil-infused hair care, is infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, that help to detangle, speed up drying time and boost shine (from personal experience, it’s pretty good at combating frizz too). The end result, nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use. 100ml RRP $63.95. Also available in 25ml travel sized bottle, and as a light formula for lighter coloured and finer hair.
Best Summer Hairspray – Taft Flexible Hold Hairspray
Whilst we love our softer hairstyles over Summer, they can get a little unruly with the sea breeze at the beach, heat and perspiration, and the extra humidity. A soft hold hairspray is a great option to keep styles in place, whilst still looking free and natural. Taft Flexible Hold Hairspray, provides your hairstyle with lasting hold with flexibility, and is perfect for creating and maintaining hairstyles that look and feel natural. The hairspray keeps your hair in place all day without stiffness or stickiness, leaving your hair soft, shiny and natural looking. I love it to keep fly aways in place, and just to ensure hair styles stay in place in the heat and humidity. 200g RRP $4.19.