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7 Simple Tips To Combat Summer Hair Damage

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Summer is for cute bathing suitstan lines and, of course, endless sunshine. While it's an exciting time of year to look forward to, it's also worth noting that the sun can often do more harm than good if you're not careful – especially when it comes to your hair. 

That is why protecting your locks from those powerful UV rays is of the utmost importance as the temperature rises. So we've done the research and pulled together this quick guide to preventing dehydration, breakage and other types of damage that your hair can experience when exposed to the sun.

From simple accessories to quick cuts and protective sprays, take note of our 7 steps to prevent summer hair damage: 

It's important that you remove any dead ends before the season even begins, because if not the heat will simply worsen the damage. It's generally advised that you get your hair trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks throughout the year, but it is especially important when the sun is out, as it can really wreak havoc. 

Believe it or not, washing your hair less often when it's hot is actually a good thing. The heat strips your hair of its natural oils, and over-washing has a similar effect, causing your hair and scalp to dry out. So daily washing will only further the effects of the sun. If you'd rather not skip a day, try replacing every-other full wash, rinse and repeat with a small dose of natural shampoo, or even just rinsing with water to remove surface dirt. 

Just as there is sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun's rays, there are a multitude of UV-shielding products for your hair. From sprays and leave-in conditioners to hair masks, there are all sorts of styling products that will leave your hair feeling nourished and protected. These products also tend to have added benefits such as preventing hair from lightening, or keeping dyed hair from turning brassy.

Unfortunately, high ponytails are a no-no during the summer months. Tight hairstyles pull at your hair, making it far more likely to be pulled out in summer as the dry weather conditions make your locks more susceptible to breakage. So rather than a sleek pony, opt for a loose braid or a messy bun – or let it down entirely! But if you would rather wear it up, be sure to invest in some strong hair ties that will hold it in place without pulling at the roots. 

Hair is most susceptible to breakage when it's wet. To avoid damaging brittle hair even further, ditch your brush for a wide-tooth comb and spray your hair with a de-tangler before combing. Combs are gentle on your hair, whereas brushes can rip out damaged strands.

The average conditioner may work just fine during fall, spring and winter, but at the height of summer your hair needs extra nourishment. So when we tell you to condition your hair we mean that you should be using deep conditioning treatments about once a week. Similar to a face mask, a moisturizing hair mask or treatment will return some oil to your hair, making it shinier, bouncier, smoother, stronger and, most importantly, healthier. 

If all else fails, cover your hair with a hat or scarf. From floppy straw hats to romantic, printed head scarves à la Marilyn Monroe in the '60s, there are many ways to work a headpiece into your summer wardrobe. A silk scarf has the added bonus of reflecting the sun, making you less likely to sweat, thus keeping your hair from becoming greasy. 

Now you know what to do, here are some items you might want to pick up to begin your pre-summer hair regime:
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Morrocanoil Intense Hydrating Mask - $19
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Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Recovery Masque - $29
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Fekkai Hair Protection Mist - $14.73
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Sexy Hair Leave-In Conditioner - $12.25
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Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Mask - $12.30
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Sun Bum 3 In 1 Hair Conditioning Treatment - $14.57
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Lush Shine So Bright Split End Treatment - $9.95
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Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Balm for Hair - $29.50
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Equinox Professional Edge Shears - $15.97
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Breezelike Wide Tooth Comb - 12.99
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Invisibobble Hair Ties - $8
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Urban Outfitters Vanessa Straw Boater Hat - $49
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Mango Straw Pamela Hat - $49.99
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Free People Patched Denim Baseball Hat - $90.44
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Urban Outfitters Denim Bucket Hat - $29
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ASOS Paisley Print Square Scarf - $18.50
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Bally Belt Print Scarf - $249
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Halogen Bella Floral Square Silk Scarf - $29
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Dolce & Gabbana Pineapple Print Neck Scarf - $235
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