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7 Ways to Protect Your Hair This Summer, According to Hair Experts

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If there’s one thing past summer escapades have taught us, it’s that all that frolicking in the sun isn’t nearly as fun for our hair as it is for us. Rocking luscious beachy waves may be your hair goals this bikini season, but the sun may have other plans for your locks. Think dry, frizzy hair and an itchy and flaky scalp.

“Summer weather can be very rough on hair,” says Antoinette DeMattia of Parlor Blow Dry Bar. “High heat, humidity and exposure to sunlight can make even the healthiest tresses dry and mistreated. Even ocean and pool water can cause damage that could take weeks to remedy.”

“Just as your skin needs protection from the sun, so does your hair. In the very humid months, the hair takes that humidity and begins to swell, causing the cuticle of the hair to break, and as a result—frizz,” adds celebrity hairstylist Dayna Goldstein.

To protect hair from the elements, locking in moisture and shielding it from the sun are key. Floppy hats and scarves not only make your vacay outfits Instagram-worthy, they also block UV rays that damage your hair and scalp. Another way to minimize damage while out in the sun is by checking the ingredients of the products you use. “Products with alcohol like gels will dry out your hair even more,” says Mari Reed, senior district leader for Supercuts in Tampa, Florida. “Instead, use creams, lotions and oils to get the texture and wave you’re looking for.”

Want more tips on how to summer-proof your tresses? Read on to find out what the hair experts are saying!

1. Start (and End) with a Trim

Chopping off a few centimeters of your hair at the start of summer lets you “get rid of split ends and refresh your style,” says Bernhards Ziverts, owner and master stylist of Matii Salon. A quick snip mid-season and at the end of the hot months also lets you control any damage your hair may have gotten and makes repair easier to handle.

  1. 2. Embrace Natural Styles 

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Janeca Racho

With over 10 years of writing and editing experience, Janeca Racho has worked with clients in the fashion, entertainment, food, health and travel industries. An adventurer at heart, she will gladly trade her heels for a good pair of hiking shoes and skip hotels to camp under the stars. She loves horror movies, googling ingredients in her beauty products and backpacking trips with her toddler. Her newfound obsession: nude lipstick.