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Ultimate Guide to Summer Hair Care: Protecting Your Locks from the Heat!

As the summer sun beams down and the temperature rises, it's time to give your hair some extra TLC to keep it looking and feeling its best. After all, you are spending a lot on your hair appointment, so why not maximize it! From shielding your strands from harmful UV rays to combating frizz and dryness, let's look at everything you need to know to maintain healthy, beautiful hair all summer long.

Sun Protection for Your Strands!

Just like your skin, your hair can also suffer from sun damage. UV rays can weaken the hair cuticle, leading to dryness, breakage, and color fading. To protect your locks from the sun's harmful rays, consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat or scarf whenever you're outdoors for extended periods. Additionally, invest in hair products that contain UV filters to provide an extra layer of protection. Look for leave-in conditioners such as the redken extreme mask for damaged hair, oils such as the redken frizz dismiss anti-static oil , or sprays specifically formulated to shield your hair from UV damage such as the mizani heat screen heat protectant spray. You can always consult with your stylist about the best products if you are going on vacation to the beach, swimming in a pool, or maybe playing a round of golf in the heat all day. Some products are offered in travel sizes as well, perfect for testing out if the product is right for you!

Hydrate Your Hair

The summer heat can leave your hair feeling dry and thirsty. To combat dryness and keep your locks hydrated, incorporate hydrating hair care products into your routine. Opt for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners that are formulated to replenish lost moisture and nourish your hair from within. A great option for anyone is our redken acidic bonding concentrate 5-min liquid mask. Which also comes in travel sizes! Focus on applying the product to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, as these areas tend to be the most prone to dryness and damage. Additionally, treat your hair to a weekly deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to provide an extra boost of hydration, even if you think your hair is healthy. In our Between Appointments YouTube video, we go more in depth on ways to keep your hair hydrated and healthy.

Minimize Heat Styling

2 While heat styling tools like flat irons and curling wands can help you achieve your desired look, they can also cause damage to your hair, especially when used frequently. In the Alabama humidity, these styles often do not hold very long, leading to frustration and wanting to use your iron on higher heat levels to achieve your look. To protect your locks from heat damage during the summer months, try to minimize the use of heat styling tools whenever possible. Embrace your hair's natural texture and opt for heat-free styling methods like air-drying, braiding, or twisting. Heatless curls are in and so are rollers! If you must use heat styling tools, be sure to apply a heat protectant spray or serum to your hair beforehand to minimize damage. We recommend a few sprays of our redken quick blowout heat protecting blowdry spray, which works great for anyone!

Rinse with Cool Water

After a day of fun in the sun, treat your hair to a refreshing rinse with cool water. This will help to close the hair cuticle and seal in moisture, leaving your hair feeling smooth and looking shiny. Additionally, rinsing your hair with cool water can help soothe your scalp and alleviate any irritation caused by sun exposure or sweating. Before diving into the pool, Wetting your hair with fresh water before swimming helps prevent it from absorbing as much chlorinated or saltwater, reducing damage like dryness and brittleness. It acts as a barrier, protecting your hair cuticles and maintaining overall hair health. For an extra cooling sensation after the pool, store a bottle of water in the fridge before using it to rinse your hair!

Schedule Regular Trims

Regular trims are essential for maintaining healthy hair, especially during the summer months when your hair may be more prone to damage from sun exposure, chlorine, and saltwater. Schedule a trim with your hairstylist every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends and prevent further damage. Trimming your hair regularly will help to keep it looking fresh and healthy, and promote growth and thickness.

Embrace Protective Hairstyles

Protective hairstyles are a great way to shield your hair from the sun and minimize exposure to environmental damage. Braids, twists, buns, and ponytails are all excellent options for keeping your hair off your face and neck while still looking stylish and chic. Experiment with different styles and accessories to find the perfect protective hairstyle for your summer adventures.

With these expert tips and tricks, you can protect your hair from the damaging effects of summer and keep it looking healthy, vibrant, and beautiful all season long. From sun protection to hydration and regular trims, incorporating these practices into your summer hair care routine will ensure that your locks stay in tip-top shape no matter where the season takes you. So go ahead, enjoy the sun, surf, and sand, and let your hair shine bright all summer long!

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