Summer is the best time for going to the beach, spending time at the pool, having picnics and barbeques, and so much more. Unfortunately, a lot of these fun summer activities can take a toll on your hair. With all the damage and drying that the sun, saltwater, and chlorine can do to your hair, it’s no wonder most of us have brittle hair by the end of the summer!  To start and end the summer with healthy hair we put together our favorite DIY summer hair care treatments.

For the occasions when you only have time to do a quick rinse after a swim, here is a simple, hydrating leave-in conditioner that will leave your locks soft and smooth:

In a spray bottle mix together:

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil

Mist and comb through wet hair and be on your way!

If you’re getting ready to hit the pool, here are a few suggestions for a pre-swim treatment to avoid chlorine damage:

  • Coat hair in coconut oil or jojoba oil and then pin up your hair.
  • Wet hair, spray with a leave-in conditioner (like the one mentioned above), before putting on a swim cap for extra protection.

Be sure to rinse and shampoo your hair after swimming, even in a lake or the ocean.

For those times when you really want a luxurious deep-conditioning treatment, here is our favorite DIY recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 teaspoon argan oil (or if you cannot find pure argan oil then jojoba or emu oil work well)
  • 2-4 drops of your favorite essential oil

Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. Let cool for a couple minutes before adding the argan oil (or substitute) and essential oil. Whisk together and then comb through clean, dry hair. Let sit for approximately 30 minutes before rinsing and shampooing.

Although it is better to avoid excessive heat and product styling during the summer, sometimes you need a cleansing rinse to wipe the slate clean. Here is a DIY recipe we love:

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 drops each, lavender and rosemary essential oil

Combine in a spray bottle and shake well. After shampooing hair, spray a generous amount in hair, massage into hair and scalp and let sit for a minute or two. Rinse and enjoy! Keep in mind the vinegar smell will dissipate as soon as hair starts to dry.

Don’t let hair damage get in the way of any summer activities. Keep in mind that as you swim, wash your hair, treat your hair, etc. that there is still a risk for head lice. As friends and families spend more time together in the summer, the risk for head lice continues. If you have questions about head lice or need a consultation or treatment, contact Pediatric Hair Solutions today!