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A Mindful Mane: The Ultimate Summertime Self-Care Hair Routine

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Maybe it’s the Taurus in me or the fact that on a typical day, I’m always in a rush, but once the summer months roll around, I enter full-on lazy-girl mode. Since this summer is a bit different and I have plenty of time on my hands, I’ve turned my typical self-care Sunday routine into a daily ritual, whether it’s doing an at-home manicure or dedicating extra time to my skincare routine. If there’s one thing I've been prioritizing, however, it’s my self-care hair routine. With all of the sun, swimming, and sand, my color-treated blonde strands can use all of the TLC they can get.

If you, like me, are trying to give your mane the attention it deserves all summer long, you’ve come to the right place! From using hair masks to switching up your shower routine, read on for the ultimate guide to summertime self-care.

Upgrade your shower routine

There’s nothing more therapeutic than coming home to a hot shower after a day at the beach. While we don’t recommend rinsing your strands with scorching hot water, throw your hair into a bun and give yourself a few minutes to unwind and de-stress before finishing the rest of your shower routine. Once it’s time to wash your hair, turn the shower nozzle so that the water is lukewarm.

If summer heat and humidity make your hair dry, nourish it with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner system like Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. This system quenches and cleanses medium to thick color-treated hair. If you have fine hair, use a lightweight alternative like Pureology Hydrate Sheer Shampoo and Conditioner.

Once you step out of the shower, apply a leave-in conditioner like Redken All Soft Mega Hydramelt Hair Lotion throughout your strands.

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Give yourself a scalp massage

No shampoo routine is complete without giving your scalp a massage. While nothing beats the massage you get at the shampoo bowl, this at-home technique can do wonders for your hair (and your stress levels). When you’re in the shower, use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in a circular motion starting at the front of your hairline and working your way towards the back for 60 seconds.

Exfoliate your scalp

Looking to skinify your summer hair routine? Take a page straight from your skin care book and exfoliate your scalp. Just like the skin on your face, an exfoliant can help to keep your scalp in tip-top shape and remove any dead skin cells, excess oil, or impurities.

If you’re searching for the best ways to exfoliate your scalp at home, try a scalp scrub like Kérastase Scrub Energisant Deep Clean Fusio Dose Scrub or Scrub Apaisant Deep Clean Fusio Dose Scrub. Treat your mane to a hair mask.

Treat your mane to a hair mask

Before you complete your shower routine, give your hair the ultimate self-care gift: a hair mask. For dry strands that need an extra dose of hydration, use a formula like Pureology Hydrate Soft Softening Treatment Mask. This hair mask nourishes and softens dry, color-treated hair and features a luxurious aromatherapy blend of red fruits, rose, and amber for the ultimate self-care experience. If you’re dealing with hair damage, use a strengthening mask like Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Treatment Mask. Featuring a signature aromatherapy blend of jasmine, mandarin, and peony, this formula repairs and strengthens damaged, color-treated hair.

Get a trim

Salons were closed for months on end, which means if you haven’t made it in for an appointment yet, your strands are likely in desperate need of a trim. Now that salons around the country are reopening their doors, what better time is there to get that haircut you’ve been anticipating? While you might need to wait a bit for an appointment, you can use a product like Redken Anti Snap Split Ends Hair Treatment to keep your split ends in check in the interim. This leave-in treatment is formulated to provide heat protection and help protect against breakage and split ends.

Apply a hair oil

Consider investing in hair oil if you want to take your self-care hair routine to the next level. With all of the sun exposure and hot weather, your hair can quickly lose its luster during the summer months. Like applying a clear top coat to freshly painted nail polish, a hair oil can strengthen your mane and is essential for giving it an extra bit of shine. From the L'Oréal portfolio, we recommend Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original Hair Oil. This formula for all hair types creates super shiny hair, nourishes, and revives hair strength. Check out why our editor loves this hair oil.

If frizz is your biggest hair concern this summer, add a hair oil like Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Hair Oil to your routine. This formula helps control the effects of humidity on the hair by preventing excess volume, puffiness, and frizz while increasing manageability.

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Spend time in the sun

In need of a serious mood booster this summer? Soak up as much Vitamin D as possible. While we always recommend sunscreen (for your skin and your mane), spending at least 20 minutes in the sun each day is a self-care practice everyone should indulge in. To protect your mane before and after sun exposure, use a hair care system like Kérastase’s Soleil range. These products protect hair from dryness and color fading due to summertime aggressors such as sun, chlorine, and saltwater.

Indulge in summertime hair trends

As the old saying goes: Look good, feel good! Once you’ve got mane pampering down, it’s time to think about styling. Whether it’s beach waves, summer hair accessories, or a new summer hair color, be sure to add a summer hair trend to your self-care routine.

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Eat hair-friendly foods.

Sometimes, the pick-me-up your hair needs isn’t on the surface. In fact, your diet can play a major role in maintaining a healthy mane. Enhance your self-care day with a diet loaded with hair-friendly comfort foods like leafy greens and sweet potatoes. If you want to give your hair an extra boost, try adding a hair vitamin to your daily routine.

With these steps in mind, you can create the very best summertime self-care routine for your mane.

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