May 9, 2019

Common Summer Hair Problems and Their Solutions [Updated 2023]

Summer is truly a magical time of year, it’s a time for fun in the sun, but it can also bring its fair share of challenges, especially when it comes to our hair.  From long days at the pool to evenings at a backyard barbecue, we love the warmer weather. However, one thing we don’t love is dry, brittle, frizzy hair. 

In this blog, we will explore some of the most common problems people face during the summer months and provide you with advice to keep your hair healthy, vibrant, and beautiful all season long!

Damage From Chlorine

An excessive amount of chlorine will be detrimental to your hair, especially if you’re blonde or a lighter shade. Damage is not caused by chlorine alone. Other chemicals like bromine are used in swimming pools to keep the water sanitized. While not everyone may end up with green hair after swimming, chlorine is still damaging, especially over time. If you notice significant hair breakage during the summer, chlorine is probably the culprit.

You can do any (or all) of the following to protect your hair from pool chemicals:

  • Wet Your Hair: Before entering the pool, wet your hair thoroughly with fresh water. By saturating your hair with clean water, it creates a barrier and reduces the absorption of chlorinated water.
  • Apply a Protective Product: Use a leave-in conditioner, hair oil, or specialized chlorine-removing product before swimming. These products create a protective layer on your hair, minimizing chlorine absorption and providing some level of protection.
  • Wear a Swim Cap: Consider wearing a swim cap while swimming to minimize direct contact between your hair and the pool water. This can significantly reduce chlorine exposure and protect your hair from damage.
  • Rinse Immediately: After swimming, rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as possible to remove any residual chlorine. Use a gentle clarifying shampoo specifically designed to remove chlorine buildup. Follow up with a hydrating conditioner or a deep conditioning treatment to replenish moisture.

Limit Chlorine Exposure: If possible, try to limit the amount of time you spend in chlorinated water. Consider alternating swimming in pools with other water activities like ocean swimming or using natural bodies of water.

Girl in a pool holding a drink.

Sun Damage

As you’re putting sunscreen on your skin, don’t forget about your hair. The UV rays can be just as damaging, affecting the keratin of your hair. This will cause it to be weaker, and the color to fade more easily. To protect your hair against the sun, avoid spending excessive amounts of time outside between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. This is when the strength of the sun will be the strongest. When you do go outside, wear a hat or other protection to block the UV rays from reaching you directly.

Regular deep conditioning treatments can help restore moisture and repair sun-damaged hair. Look for masks or treatments that contain ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, or keratin, which can nourish and strengthen your hair from within.

Girl with curly hair wearing a choker.


Those who have any amount of curl in their hair know the woes of trying to struggle through frizzy hair. The increased humidity in the air can cause hair strands to absorb excess moisture, resulting in unruly frizz.

To combat this issue, avoid vigorously towel-drying your hair after you wash, as it can lead to further frizz. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and apply a leave-in conditioner or serum to keep your hair moisturized and smooth. Consider using a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush to minimize breakage and preserve your hair’s natural texture.

To tame frizz throughout the day, opt for hairstyles that work with your hair’s natural texture, such as loose braids, buns, or ponytails. Applying a small amount of anti-frizz serum or oil can help keep your style in place while providing additional moisture and shine.

Girl in a denim jacket with frizzy red hair.

Air Conditioner

Your hair doesn’t only suffer outdoor damage in the summer. When the air conditioner is blasting day in and day out, it can dry out your hair and skin. Make sure you’re not overdoing the AC and keep on top of moisturizing those locks. You can do this with leave-in conditioner, serum, and hair masks!

Excessive Oil And Sweating

During summer, the combination of heat and sweat can lead to an overproduction of oil on the scalp. This can make your hair appear greasy and limp. To combat excessive oil, consider washing your hair more frequently or use dry shampoo between washes. 

To prevent sweat from accumulating on your scalp, choose hairstyles that keep your hair off your face and neck. Braids, top knots, and high ponytails are all great options. Additionally, wearing a loose and breathable hat can help absorb sweat and protect your scalp from the sun.

Want To Learn More Hair Hacks?

Summer can be a challenging time for our hair, but with the right knowledge and care, we can overcome these common issues and enjoy healthy and vibrant locks all season long. 

At Avalon School of Cosmetology, we can teach you how to prevent hair damage and much, much more! Contact us to learn more about our programs, we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have! And if you’re interested in the admissions process, you can learn more here.

We look forward to helping you turn your dreams into reality! 

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