Have fun in the summer sun without turning your hair into a hot mess.
Step 1: Avoid hot hair care Let your hair air-dry whenever you can or use only the cool setting on your hair dryer. Limit the use of heated styling tools like flat irons and hot rollers. When you do use them, first apply a leave-in conditioner designed to protect hair from heat.
TIP: Always hold your hair dryer at least four inches from your hair when blow drying on a hot setting.
Step 2: Wear a hair sunscreen Wear a hair gel or spray that filters out UV rays, especially if you're spending the day at the beach. The sun and saltwater can turn blondes into bleached blondes and brunettes and redheads into "orangeheads," whether your hair is color-treated or not. Better still, wear a hat.
TIP: Wearing your hair in a tight braid makes it less vulnerable to the sun.
Step 3: Avoid drying products Avoid hair products that contain high concentrations of drying ingredients, like alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and parabens. Look for products with moisturizing ingredients instead, like jojoba and shea and cocoa butter.
Step 4: Get frequent trims Get your hair trimmed once a month in the summer to keep split ends at bay.
Step 5: Deep condition your hair Deep condition your hair weekly during the summer months. It will help replenish the moisture the sun sucks out of it. Now get outside and enjoy yourself!
FACT: Hair grows faster in the summer, often as fast as one-half inch per month, instead of the average one-quarter inch.