The arrival of summer in the South means one inevitability: humidity. And although the extra moisture in the air brings much needed hydration to our skin, it can also wreck havoc on our hair. Whether you’re in need of a dry shampoo that will not only rid of excess oil, but also detox strands for the days when you just don’t have time for a wash, a wave spray for weekends spent around the water, a mask to nourish and re-hydrate dry and dull locks, or a unique gel-oil product that defines curls while reducing frizz, this guide has something for you. And, because we all need it, we’ve also included a heat protectant that saves strands from both styling tools and UV rays. Here are the five products you need to get your hair summer ready!

Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo is a must year-round, but we tend to go for it more and more as the weather warms. There are a ton of options on the market, and it can be difficult to know what works best, but this Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam ($28) has made a splash since its debut in the beauty world, and there is good reason why.

The texture of this product is entirely different from any other dry shampoo you’ve likely used. Forget the chalky spray that often leaves a hard-to-blend white residue and a sticky, sometimes stiff finish. This product, created by the Kardashians’ (and many other celebrities’) hair dresser, Jen Atkin, offers a unique mousse-y-foam substance. We’ll warn you now, it definitely takes time to get used to. Upon first application, it seems to add more grease to your hair, but trust the process, and keep working it into your roots. Eventually you’ll notice that your hair’s excess oil has completely vanished while volume, bounce and a sweet-smelling fragrance has been added. And there is no white cast, so it’s especially great for those with darker hair!

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This foam dry shampoo is lightweight, effective and easy to use. Find it here for $28. Image: Sephora

Wave spray

We never head out on a tropical vacation without packing a wave spray or texturizing product. It’s the perfect companion to fresh-from-the-water hair, whether that be pool, ocean or shower. Simply spritz this through freshly combed, wet hair and let dry. You’ll be left with a slightly wavy, effortless, beachy-chic finish. This IGK Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray ($29) is a specific favorite because, unlike other sprays, it won’t leave hair feeling stiff or frizzy. Plus, it smells delicious and adds some extra volume.

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Before you pack for your next getaway, be sure to snag this texturizing spray to add beachy, effortless waves and flattering volume to your locks. Find it here for $29. Image: Sephora

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Heat protectant

If you apply heat to your hair through blow drying, curling or straightening on a daily or even weekly basis, it’s a necessity to prime hair with a heat protectant. This will ensure your strands don’t break, become dull or get damaged through the styling process. And it allows for a few more weeks of healthy-looking hair between salon visits. We’ll jump at any way to save some money and time spent in the salon!

This Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer ($28) is a favorite for many reasons. First, it smells amazing. It also offers a noticeable softness, shine and protective base to hair prior to styling or stepping out in the sun. On top of all that, it also makes styling simpler by prepping locks for whatever look you desire while keeping your hair controlled and curled (or straightened!) from day to night.

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Make sure to prep your hair for styling or stepping out in the sun with this fantastic heat protectant. Find it here for $29. Image: Sephora

Nourishing mask

We’re always applying lotion to our skin and trying out new hydrating face masks, but hair masks are often an afterthought. These Sephora Sleeping Masks ($5 each) change that entirely because they’re not only super affordable, they’re also easy to use. One issue we have with hair masks is the sitting around, hair up in a bun, waiting for the product to seep through strands so we can wash it out. These masks are meant to be applied before bed and washed out during your morning shower, eliminating that annoyance. The four different scents focus on different problems, and don’t worry— they won’t leave hair slick and greasy!

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These Sephora hair masks, meant to be worn while sleeping and washed out in the shower, target specific hair problems without leaving a greasy finish. Find them from $5 each here. Image: Sephora

Curl cream

For those with curly hair, whether it’s loose and long or tightly coiled, frizz is the ultimate enemy that always makes an appearance during summer. This Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil ($30) is the savior your strands have been searching for. It enhances your natural curl while smoothing, ridding of frizz and protecting hair from summer’s intense humidity. The unique gel-oil blend offers both the strength and staying power of a gel and the light-weight hydration of an oil, making it the ideal styling product for the season.

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This gel-oil blend will enhance your curl while ridding of frizz and offering extra hydration. Find it here for $29. Image: Bumble and Bumble

Now, get out there and enjoy summer-ready strands!


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