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Summer Beauty: Keeping your hair damage free

6/11/2014

Summer is just around the corner and we all know what that means—sun! But lazy days by the pool and watching baseball games can not only be detrimental to your skin but also your hair and scalp. Ouch! We all know to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburns and skin cancer, but what about protecting your hair? Just like your skin, hair is easily damaged by the sun. Protect your hair’s natural beauty with these five simple tips.

1) Use a hydrating conditioner.

Conditioner is lotion for the hair. While shampoo strips away all the chemicals and gunk, conditioner moisturizes and protects each strand. It may seem like a no-brainer, but while you’re out safely soaking up the sun, your hair is slowly collecting harsh particles and dehydrating. Try a product from Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture line and keep your hair shiny and silky smooth all summer long!

2) Spritz your scalp.

When it comes to preventing skin cancer, don’t forget about your scalp. Make sure to spray or run sunscreen along your hairline or part. And, try not to wear your part in the same way every day. This will help prevent painful scalp burns.

3) Cover your head.

Luckily wide brimmed hats are back in. What’s even better is wearing UVA/UVB protective clothing such as those that Coolibar provides. Straw hats might allow better airflow, but remember this: tighter weaves help block the sun’s damaging rays.

4) Dampen your hair.

Whether it’s the sun, salt water or chlorine, it’s all damaging to your hair. Before you jump in the ocean or pool, spray or dampen your hair with water. It helps protect your hair’s natural beauty by adding an extra layer of coating, making your hair less likely to absorb harsh chemicals.

 5) Avoid unnecessary heat.

The sun provides enough heat on your hair, don’t overdue it by straightening or curling your hair every day. If you must blow dry, try using diffusers or low settings in order to take some of the heat off your hair and scalp.

Now that you’re armed with helpful tips to further prevent skin cancer while keeping your hair’s natural beauty, get out there and enjoy summer!

How do you protect your hair during summer?

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