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With the temperature rising and summer right around the corner, it is an ideal time to prepare to protect your luscious locks and educate yourself about the specific factors that both positively and negatively affect hair during the warmer seasons. It is eminently important for those with color-treated hair to be aware as well, for color-treated hair requires more maintenance than virgin hair.

A great first step for proper hair care in hotter weather is lowering the heat settings on your hair dryer. Using a hair dryer is extremely damaging to hair, so make sure you are using a heat protectant before using a blow dryer or any sort of heat appliance upon your hair. If you have color-treated hair, use a protectant that also shields hair color.

Making sure your hair is moisturized is particularly important this time of year. Your hair is more prone to dryness and frizziness due to sun exposure, chlorine and saltwater. Using a quality leave-in conditioner will help lock in moisture that is needed to keep your hair looking beautiful. While in a rush, I spray damp hair with Aussie Leave-In Conditioner Hair Insurance. It comes in an eight ounce bottle, has a pleasant smell, and is very affordable at around three dollars a bottle. For a higher quality leave-in treatment, I recommend Hairtrition Keratin Leave in Treatment. This product is very beneficial all-year round, but during the summer months it’s very helpful, for it helps maintain a smooth style for up to three days, or until the next time you shampoo your hair. It is a little more expensive than the Aussie leave-in conditioner and it has less product within the bottle, but the extra few dollars is worth it. A little goes a long way with this product and it also helps promote healthy hair growth, so if you dye your hair, prepare to see roots sooner than usual.

To protect your hair from the sun, put on a trendy hat or head scarf to complete your outfit. For those with colored hair, it would be an excellent choice to invest in Pureology Antifade Complex Spray. Apply two or three squirts to ensure all your hair is covered before you go out in the sun or go swimming etc. This product is a little expensive, but it is an amazing product well worth the money. It will keep your hair color looking great longer, and this already cuts a decent amount of money from your spending, for hair services and dyes can be pretty pricey. After swimming in a pool, the beach, or the lake, it is a good idea to rinse your hair with freshwater to rid the hair of debris and prevent dullness and dryness.

Whichever season it is, it is important to take proper care of your hair. For hair to be beautiful, it doesn’t just matter what you put on it, but it is even more imperative to maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Summer will be here before you know it, so practice a beneficial hair care routine now so you can be even more readily prepared.

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