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Here’s How to Protect Your Hair in the Summer

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 I don’t know about you, but summer is hard on my hair. From the breakage I get from sleeping with it in a ponytail, to the chlorine from the trips to the pool, or the salt from taking a dip in the ocean, my hair has taken a real beating this summer. Fortunately, natural hair is all the rage in the summer time, so let’s take a look at how to improve our hair’s natural health and beauty with these tips and tricks.

Skip the blow-dryer

It’s a good idea to reduce heat all around in the summer, since your hair is already exposed to higher temperatures daily throughout the warmest months of the year. Besides, it will probably air-dry fairly quickly after you wash it anyway. You might also want to avoid flat irons or curling irons as well, as they’ll further damage your already-frazzled hair. Plus, sleek hairstyles aren’t ideal for summer, which calls for a softer, more natural look. Let those waves be what they are!

Don’t wash too frequently

This seems like it might be counter-intuitive, given what your hair goes through during the harsh summer months, but if you wash your hair too often you can strip it of its naturally protective oils. Once you’ve gotten rid of those oils, your glands overcompensate to create even more oil, which in turn makes your hair feel like it needs a washing, ASAP. Instead, try just rinsing it in the shower after a day at the beach or in the pool, and see how it feels. Dry shampoos are nother great quick-fix in case things are feeling too greasy.

And when you do wash, switch to a micellar shampoo 

Micelles are much more gentle than traditional cleansers. “They don’t strip away as many of your natural oils as traditional surfactants,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. “In shampoos, they get your hair clean without drying it out.” Just be aware that micellar shampoos don’t lather as much -- but that doesn’t really matter. It might just take a little getting used to.

Don’t skip the conditioner

If you’re looking for a natural conditioner, give coconut oil or shea butter a try -- but make sure not to apply at the roots, because it can be very heavy. Instead, focus on conditioning the tips to help avoid split ends. It will de-frizz, moisturize, and smooth your hair after you wash it.

Protect your hair the same way you protect your skin

This means -- you guessed it! -- sunscreen. Certain shampoos actually have UV protection, but you don’t necessarily have to procure those products to get the benefits of sunscreen. Instead, after you apply sunscreen to your body, just comb your fingers through your hair to give it a light coating of protection.

Don’t skip the salon 

You don’t need to get it styled once a month or anything, but your hair will really benefit from staying on top of split ends. If you take care of your hair, you can count on a beautiful, healthy, natural look all summer long.

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