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Summer Hair Care Tips

Your skin isn’t the only thing you should be taking care of this summer. Sure, protecting your skin from UV rays and premature signs of aging are important, but so is making sure your hair is in tip top shape. From split ends to breakage and maintenance issues, the last thing you’ll want is icky hair. To keep your tresses smooth, soft, shiny and sexy, you’ll want to commit the following hair care tips to heart.

Plan to make a living at the beach this summer? Then you’ll need to prepare your locks for the next few months. Because the winter can make hair dull and dry, make an appointment at the salon and get a fresh trim. Your hair will be much easier to manage without the presence of split ends, not to mention any hairstyle you pull off will look much better without those pesky split ends tagging along.

For a different look, opt for braided pigtails when you go to the beach. Not only is this hairstyle fun and youthful, it also goes well no matter what you’re wearing and keeps your hair out of your face. Plus, once you take the braids out, you’ll be left with naturally soft waves you’ll want to show off in the evening. Two hairstyles in one and without effort—what could be better?

Since summer is filled with enough sun, do right by your hair and leave the blow dryer out of your hair care routine. Using the blow dryer excessively on your locks daily, combined with the sun’s rays is a quick way to fry your hair and leave it looking frizzed out and anything but summer sexy. Air dry your hair when possible. The same goes for lying off of the heated styling tools.

Turn to other hairstyles that don’t involve putting any added heat on your tresses. To keep the moisture in your hair all day long, find the perfect leave-in conditioner and be sure to apply it each morning before going out so your hair stays protected. Do you have color-treated hair? Then you’ll have to add a quality spray-on UV protectant on top of your leave-in conditioner. This will keep the sun’s rays from creating a funky color out of your hair.

Dealing with short hair? Then you’ll want to make a friend out of styling paste. This type of hair product is gummy, which works ideally for keeping strands in place and holding the definition of your style. Additionally, styling paste also prevents short hair from getting damaged by chlorine and sun. Simply smooth the paste onto your hair before stepping out for the day. You can also use a scarf to add some flair to your short ‘do. Tie a colorful scarf over your hair and let the ends dangle – you’ll be sporting a great style while keeping your hair safe from the sun.

One secret ingredient you can use to keep your hair manageable throughout a beach-filled summer is salt water. The salt water found at the beach is ideal as a styling aid by giving your tresses texture and better hold. Those with limp locks can greatly benefit from salt water. After leaving the beach, avoid shampooing and instead scrunch your hair with a diffuser for added volume and hold.

While salt water is great for helping you maintain a special hairstyle, it can also make the hair tangled and clumpy. To combat this, carry a wide-toothed comb with you as well as a UV protectant. Spritz and run the comb through your locks to make sure it’s knot-free.

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What Guys Have to Say about Girls’ Perfume

Who’s better at choosing a girl’s perfume – her or him? Do girls wear too much perfume? Do you want your girl to keep wearing a perfume an ex-boyfriend bought her? What’s your biggest perfume faux pas? We asked a group of guys these questions about their thoughts on women’s fragrance. Here’s what they had to say.

Who should choose your girl’s perfume – you or her?

40% of our guys said it should be their choice. “So many girls pick these fruity or flowery perfumes and they smell like junior highers. I like certain smells, so I always buy perfume for serious girlfriends.”

60% say girls a great job on their own. “I love how women have their signature smells. And I like how every girl I date smells different.”

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Do girls wear too much perfume?

65% of the men we asked said most girls could stand to loose a few spritzes. “You need a gas mask at most clubs. It’s like the girls are competing to get your attention with their perfume. They do, but it’s not good.” “There are few things worse than going in to kiss a girl’s neck and you cough because of the perfume fumes.”

35% say they like the way women wear their perfume. “Maybe it’s just the women I hang around with, but they all just wear the right amount of perfume so when you catch a whiff it’s like hearing a secret. It’s sexy.”

When they breakup, should his perfume gift go with him?

100% of our guys said pitch it! “There is no way I want my new girlfriend to wear a perfume some other guy bought her. Smell is always linked to memory. I don’t want her thinking of him.” “I don’t even want my wife wearing the perfume she wore in high school because every time she smells it she talks about that basketball player. He’s probably bald now but still…”

What’s your biggest perfume faux pas?

A shocking 48% of the guys we talked to said they bought their girlfriend or wife perfume and then told them they really liked it on another woman and that’s why they bought it for their girl. “This woman I work with wears this certain perfume. I don’t like her. I liked the perfume. My wife about went through the roof. She doesn’t talk to that woman anymore.” “I bought my girlfriend perfume that reminded me of my favorite teacher in school. I thought it might turn into a fantasy come true. It didn’t.”

The other 52% had a wide variety of answers that made us laugh and almost cry. “I totally forgot my wife’s birthday one year. My grandma gave me a brand new bottle of her perfume. My wife loves it. I need therapy because every time I get close to my wife, I smell Grandma.” “I mixed my own perfume at this shop and mailed it to a girl I was dating long distance. Apparently the heat it was in while traveling across the world made it rancid. It smelled like old trash when she opened it. She took it as a mean breakup message.” “I gave my new girlfriend the same perfume my old girlfriend used to wear. One of my friends said that the perfume smelled better on old girlfriend. New girlfriend heard him and is now an old girlfriend too.”