Heat, salt water, chlorine — the summer sure can take a toll on our strands. We blame the sun for many of our summertime hair issues, but as it turns out, there’s a way to use its heat to our advantage! On those humid days, it might seem counterintuitive, but infusing your hair with moisturizing ingredients can actually help keep it conditioned, frizz free, and shiny all season long. The best part? You can make your own hair care concoctions right at home for extremely cheap! Here are a few nourishing mists you can try. Just spritz onto damp locks before a day spent in the sun for a youthful mane by sundown.
Restore shine with honey.
The sun’s heat activates honey’s glucose oxidase, which produces hydrogen peroxide, a mild bleaching agent that brightens dull hair and enhances natural highlights.
To Do: In a spray bottle, mix 1⁄4 cup of honey with 1⁄4 cup of warm water.
Volumize roots with ginger.
Heat opens pores on the scalp, allowing circulation-stimulating ginger to deeply penetrate. This triggers strands to prop up and off the scalp for a fuller-looking head of hair.
To Do: In a spray bottle, add 2 Tbsp. of olive oil (its fatty acids moisturize) with 1⁄4 tsp. of grated ginger.
Nix frizz with jojoba.
Warmth from the sun expands hair’s cuticle so it can easily absorb the mineral-rich, moisturizing properties of jojoba oil. This hydrates hair from the inside out, thwarting the frizz-inducing effects of parched locks.
To Do: Pour 1⁄4 cup of jojoba oil into a spray bottle.