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The Ultimate Summer Hair Survival Guide

Don't let the sun ruin your hair's fun!

Summer's finally here and you know what that means! If you guessed BBQs and beach days, you're not wrong. As it relates to your mane, however, the introduction of summer means that it's officially time to switch up your hair care routine to ensure nourished and hydrated strands all season long. Between the heat, humidity, chlorine, and saltwater, it goes without saying that summer can be a doozy for the health of your hair. Luckily though, there are ways to keep your mane looking and feeling its best. Read on for our top tips for caring for your hair this summer.

 

Space Out Your Washes

 

You've probably heard this a thousand times already, but here's for making it one thousand and one. In general, it's not recommended that you wash your hair every single day. Some shampoos can strip the hair of vital moisture, which can cause unwanted dryness during a season that's notorious for environmental aggressors (sun, sand, wind, salt water...you get the idea) that can cause dry and dull-looking strands. Do your best to space out your washes to once or twice per week. In the interim period, cover up any greasiness with a few spritzes of dry shampoo. You can also opt to wear a bandana which can cover the crown of your head where scalp oils can pool.

 

Editor's note: The exception to this rule is if you come in contact with chlorine and salt water regularly. After taking a dip in the pool or ocean, rinse out any lingering salt water or chlorine immediately afterwards.

 

Amp Up the Moisture

 

There's no denying that the hot summer sun, chlorine and salt water can cause dryness. Add nourishment and moisture back to your hair by conditioning your strands after every shampoo, and incorporating a hair mask into your routine once or twice a week. To add moisture on-the-go, use L'Oreal Professionnel Nutrifier DD Balm. Like a chapstick for your hair, the balm adds nourishment to dry ends. Consider this the perfect pick-me-up for dry hair on days when you're not washing!

 

Dial Back on Styling Tools

 

Your hair is exposed to a lot of heat during the summer just by being outdoors, so why add more to the mix? Cut back on how often you blow-dry or apply direct heat to your strands and instead opt for an air-dry and embrace your hair's natural texture and look! If you absolutely must use a styling tool, opt for one that offers variable heat options and always, always, always apply a heat protectant product to your strands first.

 

Wear a Hat

 

If you only wear one hair accessory this summer, let it be one that can protect your hair (and skin!) from the sun, like a wide-brimmed sunhat. Prior to heading outdoors, throw on a cute hat to keep your strands protected against UV rays-you won't regret it!

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