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7 Ways to Take Care of Your Hair This Summer

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a fun Memorial Weekend. My amazing boyfriend and I went to the beach and it was so fun. As always, he tried to teach me how to surf but I was playing the victim and couldn't fight the waves. I ended up sitting in the sand, reading a book, eating oreos, and watching him surf. That's my vibe... 

But all that sun and wind and salt got me wondering if there is any way to minimize hair damage. After an extensive search, I put together the best tips for ending the semester with healthy, strong, and shiny hair.

Water, water, water
Being exposed to the sun and humidity all day will end up dehydrating the body and hair. Make sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. If you want something more fun, try lemonade or coconut water (my favorite). But, at the same time, make sure to refresh your hair with water. Depending on your hair, spray water daily or multiple times a day.

Skip the Shampoo
Even though sometimes you may need to get the chlorine out of your hair, try to not shampoo your hair as much as you will usually do. Shampoo can dry your hair and make it brittle and dull. If you have to use shampoo, make sure to use a moisturizing masque or treatment after.

Condition all the time
Another way of moisturizing your hair is to find a conditioner that will quench your hair thirst. Also, make sure to choose a paraben and sulfate free conditioner. Something I like, if I am not feeling like doing a masque or treatment, I will leave the conditioner for a little longer than I would usually do.

Add some Sunscreen
There are some hair products out there that will protect your hair from the UV rays. Some of them are Sun Bum 3-in-1 Leave-In and Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray. This last one is hair and skin sunscreen in one. If you are not able to find any hair product with SPF, you can run your hands through your hair after you have applied sunscreen on your body.

Trim your Ends
As your hair confronts sun and wind and possibly salt, you will end up with split ends. But don't panic, it is completely normal. Just make sure to trim them constantly so the damage doesn't spread. And if you are feeling a little wild, you might as well just change hairstyles right?

Stay Away from Chemicals
Even though you may be dyeing to lighten your hair color, don't! (Did you see what I did? I think I am so funny sometimes... ugh) Applying chemicals to your hair, like hair color treatments and bleaching, will cause some trauma to your hair. Combine this with Summer weather and you end up will end up with breakage. If you want to change your look using chemicals, try to do it a moth before the sun hits hard.

Protect your Hair
The best way to reduce sun damage to your hair is to not expose it! Wear hats or caps, braid your hair or rock a top bun. Try out hairstyles that will protect your hair from the wind, but make sure to not expose much of your scalp... Scalp sun burns are a thing. If you are going to the pool, a swim cap is the best option to prevent chlorine (green) hair. Ikr... Swim caps eeewww. 

As a bonus... 
I wanted to share my favorite hair mask to revive dull hair and moisturize hair. 

1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Even though many people just mach this together and apply it to the hair, I had found that blending it together is the way to go. It will not only prevent you from finding bananas pieces in your hair a week after, but it will also mix the coconut oil better. After blending all the ingredients together, I divide my hair in sections and apply it little by little. Tie it up in a high bun and wait for 15 minutes. Jump in the shower and rinse it out. Shampoo (Since you applied oil beforehand, the shampoo won't be too harsh on your hair) and condition as usual. You will feel your hair softer and it will look shinier.

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