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Summer Hair Protection

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Summer Hair Protection

Protect Your Hair From the Sun

Summer Hair Protection
'Tis the season to double up on protection for your hair. Here's how to withstand the summer heat and protect your hair in style. In the meantime...

Summer is synonymous with road trips—preferably in a convertible that turns heads on the highway. Keep hair out of your face and in place with a scarf, tied as a bandana or styled like a 1950s movie star. Wrap just behind your hairline, allowing the ends to flow out the back. Bandanas or kerchiefs are great for casual beach days, since they protect the hair from the sun. They also make fashionable accents for your chignon or ponytail.

Hairstylists suggest retiring your blow dryer in hot weather, but for some women the mere thought is enough to work their faux-tanned temples into a nervous sweat. Air-drying isn’t for everyone, especially women with frizz-prone hair. Switch to an ionic hair dryer (it dries faster without frying), use the cool setting whenever possible and create extra volume by lifting with your fingers at the roots since humidity makes hair limp. Blowdry the top of the head, working your way to the ends so you don’t over-dry them. A paper towel works wonders in lieu of a regular towel for soaking up moisture without roughing up the cuticle.

Fun in the sun comes at a price, usually in the form of parched, sun-drenched locks.  Combat whipping winds, chlorine and UV rays by avoiding alcohol- or peroxide-based products (think Sun-In and firm-hold hairsprays) and adopting a weekly deep-conditioning routine. Apply a thick, creamy moisture mask to warm, damp hair and leave it on for at least five minutes, preferably under heat or wrapped in a warm towel. At-home conditioning treatments work best if you first wash with a deep cleansing shampoo to remove build up. Cutting back on buildup, caused by constant touching or heavy styling products, will allow you to go longer between shampoos. The best treatment for dry summer hair is its own oil, so wash it less often. Swimmers can opt for an in-salon gloss treatment to protect hair from chlorine.

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nopeeeee! Mine was super cheap (i bought it like 6 years ago around $25) and it still works pretty well. This comment has been removed.
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Oooo I wanted to switch over to an ionic blow dryer but am still looking to see if I want to make the investment. Do those tend to be expensive? This comment has been removed.
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