July 26, 2017 - Hair, Hair and Beauty

Summer Hair, I Do Care! Five Easy Hair Tricks for When the Heat is On

By Jessica Pigza

We’re a little more than half way through the summer, and I’m officially over my hair. It’s too hot to leave it down all the time and between keeping the home life in order, and trying to get as much pool time in with the kids as we can before school starts, I just don’t feel like devoting the time it takes to leave my hair down and not have it look like a raggedy mess.

Don’t get me wrong, as hot as it may be, I still like having my hair long. This just means that during the summer, my hair can typically be found up in a messy bun or messy ponytail. The key word is messy, but it’s out of my face and off my neck. Lucky for me, effortless updos are currently on trend. Congratulations moms everywhere! Our messy ponytails are now considered stylish! But seriously, keeping it easy and simple this summer is what it’s all about. And did I mention healthy? Summertime equals beach time, pool time and sunshine, but those can be harsh on hair no matter the length, color or texture.

I am, however, happy to say that I have discovered a few easy ways to spruce up the “mess.” Plus ways to keep my hair healthy and protect it from summer damage. Below are a few tips and tricks you can use to get your locks through the summer.

1. Protect Against Chlorine & Salt Water

Whether you’re at the pool or the beach, the salt and chlorine can wreak havoc on your hair. Both can be very drying and if you have color treated hair, it can cause your color to fade fast. Before your hit the water, there are a few different ways you can protect your hair.

  • Non-chlorinated water – Before diving into the pool, wet your hair with non-chlorinated water. Think of your hair, and skin for that matter, like a sponge. If you soak it in clean water first, then when you jump into the pool, your “sponge” won’t be able to absorb as much of the chlorinated water. Taking a quick rinse at the pool shower will cover all your bases and keep your skin and hair from drying out.
  • Olive Oil or Coconut Oil –  Coating hair with either olive oil or coconut oil will not only help protect hair from drying out, but it will also add moisture to your hair, keeping it healthy from root to tip.
  • Leave-In Conditioner –  Leave-in conditioner can help tame locks during the hot, humid summer months but it can also help protect your hair from the damaging effects of chlorine and salt. Give your strands a generous coating before hitting the water. 

Tip: Not all leave-in conditioners are created equal. Some are better for curly hair while others are more geared towards fine hair. Check the labels and read reviews to help find one perfect for your hair. And just to guarantee that you’re not stuck with a leave-in conditioner you don’t like, click here to see a list of stores with excellent return policies on beauty products.

Pacifica Hairvana Leave-On Detangling Conditioner – This leave-in conditioner is not only great for damaged hair, but fine hair as well.

2. Accessorize

Choose accessories that will help your hair this summer! The floppy hat (as seen in the Summer 2017 Style Challenge) isn’t just for looking stylish and put together, it’s a great way to protect your hair and face from the sun.  You can also add scarves and head wraps to give your look a pop of color, keep your hair out of the sun and avoid that windblown look. Lastly, when you wear your hair up make sure you use elastics without metal on them as they can cut into and rip up your hair.

[Floppy Hat – Old Navy]

3. Give Your Hair a Break

Give your hair a break from the added heat of hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons. The summer sun is hot enough, no reason to add to it. However, if you must use a hairdryer, a medium to low heat setting is best and make sure to keep it a safe distance from your hair. The metal coils on the tip of your hairdryer will actually singe your hair if you get too close. Yikes!

Tip: To achieve waves without the heat, try doing a single braid or multiple braids in damp hair before bed. In the morning take out your braids and run your fingers through your hair for effortless waves. Make sure your hair isn’t too wet or it will still be wet in the morning when you let out your braids.

4. Regular Trims

This may seem like a no-brainer, but don’t forget to get your hair trimmed. It is recommended to go every 8-12 weeks. Keeping your hair trimmed keeps your ends healthy. Healthy ends mean you’ll have less breakage and it will keep them from splitting. Also with regular trims you’ll avoid having to cut off additional length just to get to the healthy part of your strands because you waited too long between cuts.

5. Perk Up Your Ponytail

Since I do like to wear my hair up a lot, I’ve found that sometimes a simple braid, twist or part can make all the difference between hot mess and effortless style. Below I’ve included two of my favorites and how you can achieve these looks.

The Top Knot

This is one of my new favorites, the top knot/bun. Gather hair (wet or dry) up in a ponytail on top of your head and secure loosely with an elastic. Then twirl your ponytail and wrap that around until you have a loose bun shape. Secure with either bobby pins, another elastic or my favorite, Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin. They come in different colors to match your hair and are available in regular size as well as a mini size. These little wonders can take the place of several bobby pins!

Hint: If you’re not digging having the knot on top of your head, no worries, play around with it until you find a position that you’re comfortable with.

The Braid

My other favorite addition is the braid. Braids are a great way to add some interest to your ponytail or messy bun. My go-to is a french braid across the front of my hair and then add it to my ponytail.

Step 1

To accomplish this I first take a comb and section off the hair I want to braid and pull the rest back in a ponytail so it is out of the way.

Step 2

Then I separate into three sections and begin to braid. 


Tip: Braiding the sections over each other or braiding them under each other will create two different looking braids. In this example I braided the sections under each other. 

Step 3

After each braid I add another small section of hair to each of the outer sections and continue.

Step 4

Once I reach my temple, I stop adding hair. This is the time where I can look at my braid and if it looks too tight I can gently pull on the sections to add some volume.

Step 5

I will continue braiding my hair to the end and either secure with a tiny elastic or let loose.


Step 6

I then remove the elastic that was holding the rest of my hair back and add in the braided section. Secure in either a ponytail or a loose bun and done!

It’s Your Turn:  What are some of your favorite (easy) ways to deal with your hair when the heat is on?  Share them in the comments!

About Jessica

Jessica is a military wife, married to her husband Nate of 14 years, and stay at home mother to three energetic and fearless children, Sophia, Brandon and Rachel. Originally from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, the military life has given her a chance to live all over the United States and meet many amazing people along the way.


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  • Great ideas for summer hair styles! Peace!

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thank you! I’m so happy you liked it! Summer can be so rough on hair.

  • I love that floppy hat and your cute hair dooo is so fab!



    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thank you! At first I didn’t know if I would like the floppy hat but after trying it I realized it just screams summer!

  • I enjoyed reading/ For me, it is definately my hair up.. A chignon or low bun is my go to for the summer months.. my hair is long and it is much too hot to keep down.
    jess xx

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed reading it. Isn’t it such a catch 22? I love having long hair but it is too hot in the summer.

  • MarianneGie

    That Spin Pin looks promising! I have a hard time getting clips and pins to stay put, but that coil design might just work!

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      I have such a hard time using clips too but I swear to you the spin pin is a game changer. You will love it! It comes in two different sizes too so I use the small ones when I’m only pulling up half my hair and the bigger ones when I am putting all my hair up.

  • I did the bun and side braid yesterday and loved it. Thanks for the inspiration

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear you tried them and loved them! It’s always fun to try different ideas and have them actually work.

  • Fantastic tips! Braids are always a good idea in my book!

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    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thank you so much! I totally agree with you! I have a newfound love of braids and I have been incorporating them into my hair as well as my daughters.

  • Love this practical post! I have been using headbands a lot… especially because my hair is short and without it those little flyaways at the neck sneak out of my pony tails 😀

    • Jessica @ Get Your Pretty On

      Thank you so much! That means so much to me. The braid in the post will even work for short hair, just when you get to step 5 you can secure with two bobby pins in an X shape to hold.

      • You’re right it totally works on short hair, and it’s one of those few but fun ways to change up a bob!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.