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Five tips for awesome looking summer hair

Everyone wants to feel healthier and more beautiful in the summer time. So, if you want to feel and look your best, why not start with your hair care?

Use the Heat to your Advantage!

We’ve all heard that heat damages your hair. But since there’s really no way to avoid it in the summer time, why not use the heat to your advantage! Shampoo your hair, towel it dry, and work in a deep conditioner. Comb it through and secure your hair into a loose bun. Heat from the sun will help the conditioner work deeply into the hair shaft and your hair will have some protection from the salt water or chlorine too!

Texturize!

Summer time is the perfect time to put on a casual look and let your natural hair texture come out! Anyway, who wants to spend precious-little summer hours battling hair into submission? Leave the flat-iron and the curling iron off for the summer and embrace what you have. No matter if your hair is curly, frizzy, or stick straight, you can get a natural beachy look without all the damage. Talk to your hairstylist about adding some texturizing layers. Try a texturizing spray like Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray and you’ll have natural, tousled looking hair without the damage and without the extra work!

Play with your food!

Great looking hair can be attained from the most unexpected sources, and your kitchen may be the first place to look. The lazy days of summer are the perfect time to experiment with some DIY home hair treatments. When your hair is looking dry and lifeless, or dull from too much sun, sea or other forces, try a honey/oil treatment to whip it back into shape. When used as a topical hair treatment, the properties in honey will moisturize, smooth and add shine to your hair. Honey also has antioxidants and antibacterial properties that have recently shown to be helpful in promoting hair growth and a healthy scalp . . . so dig in!

    • To Use: Mix approximately 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1/2 cup of honey and massage it into your hair and scalp. Cover with a plastic cap, scarf or towel for 20 minutes or longer. Rinse with warm water followed by cool to seal the moisture in for big shine! Want more? Give your hair and extra added boost of protein, which will strengthen it and add more shine, by adding an egg yolk to the mixture.

Protect Your Hair and Scalp!

We all know that protecting our skin with sunscreen is a must, but it’s oh-so easy to forget about our scalp. If you wear a part in your hair and it goes unprotected, (when you forget yourself having fun-n-the-sun,) you and your scalp may pay the price with damaging, and painful sunburn. Use accessories to your advantage and try a colorful headscarf or a fun, floppy hat! You’ll be doing your hair and scalp a favor while showing off your fun, adventurous side! Or, if hats and scarves aren’t your style, use a sun specific product with a UV protectant, (I like Goldwell Outdoor & Sun Hair and Scalp Protection,) which contains sunscreen agents to protect hair and scalp from all of those damaging UV rays.

Trim it!

There is no better time to switch up your look than the summer time. If you’ve been aching to try a daringly short haircut, now is definitely the time to do it. Just look at what it did for Miley Cyrus! Don’t want to do away with everything? Try a more subtle change. A long bob is the perfect style to get rid of your damaged winter hair without taking it all off. If your hair is wavy, add some layers to your bob to let your natural wave work for you and get perfect beach waves, sans the effort!

 

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.