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Summertime Haircare

The days are getting warmer, and the kids are out of school. You are probably spending more time outside--maybe at the pool, on the river, or if you're lucky, at the beach. I'm basically a cat and love sitting in the sun--add water and I'm in absolute heaven. But that's not always the best thing for your hair.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to protect your hair during the summer:

  1. Wear a hat. If you have one with a wide brim all around, it will shade short hair. Long hair can be tucked into a bun at the neck to keep it in the shade, too. If you prefer a baseball cap, just tuck it all up into the hat as well as you can.

  2. Condition. The more moisture your hair contains, the slower it will dry out, and the less it will absorb from the environment. If you are going to be swimming, work conditioner through wet hair before you head to the pool. If you don't want to wet your hair before you go, take along a leave-in conditioner to spray on before you get in the water. A weekly conditioning mask is also a great idea for the summer.

  3. Detox. Chlorine is terrible for your hair. It can turn blonde to green and make red and brown shades look dull. Pre-conditioning helps your hair absorb less chlorine, but it is also a good idea to rinse your hair after you get out of the pool. If the pool doesn't have showers, take along a few bottles of tap water for rinsing. When you get home, use a Detox Mask to remove any chlorine or sunscreen build up from the day.

  4. Treat. I highly recommend a deep conditioning heat treatment at least twice a year. I see the driest hair in February and September. So, as the summer winds down, schedule a treatment to restore and renew your strands.

  5. Relax. It's important to take care of your skin and hair. But don't forget to relax and enjoy yourself. The sun is good for the soul.

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."

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