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Heat and Humidity Don’t Stand a Chance With These Summer Hair Tips

Stacie Snyder of Primp Salon in Catonsville shares how to protect your hair and scalp, plus easy style ideas for warm weather.

Summer is a bit of a mixed bag. While we welcome the pool days, beach trips, and sunbathing with open arms, we could definitely do without the way the sun, heat, and humidity wreak havoc on our hair. So we caught up with Stacie Snyder, co-owner of Primp Salon in Catonsville, in search of some summer hair tips.

What are some hair trends for summer 2024?
We are still seeing a more natural and lived-in look when it comes to cut and color. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for soft, romantic layers with face-framing and volume. Another popular style has been the Italian bob, which is a modern, chin-length bob that is also very low-maintenance. For color, I’m seeing a big shift from ashy to warmer tones. I’ve also been hearing the term “Bambi blonde” a lot, which is a bright champagne blonde that you’ve seen on celebrities like Beyoncé, Zendaya, and Sofia Richie.

What are the best ways to protect your hair and scalp in the summer?
I know people don’t usually think of putting SPF directly on their scalp, but that is extremely important in the summer months. There are many products now with UV protectant and SPF in them, which is great, but you can also just use regular sunscreen. I would suggest applying it right where your hair parts, or wear a hat or scarf to cover the area if you are going to be in direct sunlight for an extended period of time. I would also recommend using a protectant shampoo and conditioner if you are in salt water or chlorine. And adding a moisture treatment to your routine once a week throughout the summer to keep your hair moisturized and healthy.

How do you keep your hair from going limp in heat and humidity?
Using the right products is huge. It’s best to look for products that are more lightweight to reduce frizz. If you are looking to add some extra volume, opt for a root-booster or sea-salt serum to add texture and natural hold to your hair. I am also a big fan of texturizing sprays.

What are some easy and stylish ways to style long or curly hair on super hot days?
I love a claw clip. Throw your hair up in a French twist and secure it with the clip for a simple but still polished and classic look. Obviously, a low messy bun is always cute and an easily attainable way to get your hair off your neck. If you don’t like putting your hair back or up, there are newer air-dry products on the market that help your hair dry smoother and softer. Curl creams, gels, and sea-salt sprays are all great ways to enhance your hair’s natural texture so that you won’t need to put any heat on the hair to style it. It’s good to give your hair a break from heated tools, but if you are using them daily, make sure you are using a heat-protecting spray beforehand.

BLOW IT OUT: Use a blow dry brush for an easy at-home blow out and to cut hair drying time in half.

SUN SHIELD: Make sure to use SPF directly where your hair parts to protect your scalp from the sun.

ELEVATE YOUR LOOK: Hair not feeling the humidity? Try a claw clip or low messy bun.