Summertime is often a bad time for our hair, resulting in frizz, damage, fading, flat and limp hair. I know all of you have at least one of the above, and likely more. Misery loves company so know you’re not alone.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to take extra special care of your hair in these hot, sticky months. Use a good shampoo and conditioner and a spray leave-in conditioner when you know you’ll be spending time outside.

A heat protectant before blowing and styling will help to protect the hair.

Do not shampoo every day. Shampoo strips your hair of natural oils and dries out the scalp, which signals the body to make more oil to replace what was stripped. This makes the hair greasy.

After a few weeks of not shampooing every day, the body will stop producing so much oil.

Saturate the hair before swimming so it cannot absorb the chemicals in the pool water. It will make a big difference in the health of your hair and keeping the color in place longer.

Hair grows faster in the spring and summer months (just like the plants). The reason is increased exposure to the sun, and therefore to vitamin D. Some might think it’s a pain for their hair to grow faster because it means more trips to the salon. 

Perhaps, but having regular trims is important for other reasons. I know it’s easier to put your hair up and forget about it, but it needs extra attention, and doesn’t deserve to be ignored.

Along with your summertime hair tips, here are a couple of little-known facts about hair. You might consider them useless, but you could also share them when stuck for conversation at a dinner party.

• Black is the most predominant natural hair color, followed by brown, then blonde then red which is the rarest.

• Hair can stretch up to 30% of its original length when wet. This is why you shouldn’t brush or pull your hair when it’s wet. The elasticity will cause it to damage and snap when it’s stressed.

• Did you know your hair is dead? Our follicles are alive but the strand of hair is dead. Therefore it cannot absorb toxins and chemicals.

Until next time, stay cool and care for your hair. And, if there’s something related to hair that you think is a subject others would like to hear about, email me I can be your “Dear Abby” for hair. I would welcome your thoughts and questions.

Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton.