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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.