10 simple ways to keep your hair under control.
Don't let summer's heat, humidity, sun, and wind wreak havoc on your hair! Fight back with these tips:
- Condition, condition, condition! Almost everyone's hair gets dry in the summer sun. Beat the problem by using a rich conditioner every time you wet your hair.
- Seal out humidity (especially if you have natural waves or curls). Style with gels formulated to resist humidity, such as those by Curl Friends or Ouidad.
- Spray on sunscreen. The sun can tinker with hair color, making it fade or turn brassy. Before you head outside, spritz on a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to protect your tint.
- Choose safe accessories. Most of us like to experiment with fun hair accessories in the summer. Pick ones that won't tear or break hair: Pony holders without metal closures, barrettes with smooth edges and clasps, fabric headbands that move with your hair.
- Use the sun to your advantage. Before a day at the beach or pool, dampen hair with tap water. Comb a thick hair mask throughout strands, then sweep back into a loose bun. The heat of the sun will help the mask penetrate your hair, making it silky and soft by the end of the day.
- Shampoo as needed. If summer temperatures make your scalp oily, suds up once a day with a mild product. Otherwise, skip a day between shampoos to allow hair's own oils to act as natural moisturizers.
- Rinse away salt and chlorine. If left on the hair, salt and chlorine can make it dry and brittle. After swimming, remove chemicals with tap water.
- Try hair cream. A tiny dab applied to dried hair can zap frizz, calm flyaways, and add shine to weather-beaten locks.
- Give your blowdryer a break. Instead, air dry hair whenever possible -- even better, ask your stylist to update your cut so it looks best when not blown dry.
- Reinvent the headscarf. When the weather is especially windy, tie a colorful scarf over your hair. It protects strands from breakage and knotting (and has a preppy feel that's in style right now!).
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