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Tips for Healthy and Gorgeous Summer Hair

Summer doesn't have to be the season of bad hair days. With some extra TLC, your hair can look great on the steamiest days. Here is our best advice for hot-weather tress-taming tips.

Start summer with a trim. You'll get rid of split ends and refresh your style. You might need a mid-season cut, too. Hair really does grow faster in the summer. That's because there are more hairs in the anagen, or growing, stage during late spring and summer than in the dead of winter.

1 Cover your hair with a hat or a scarf during summers. This protects it from the harmful UV rays and it also helps in retaining moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects color-treated hair.

2 Keeping your hair in a loose hairstyle works wonders during the summer. It helps air out your locks and prevents the accumulation of sweat.

3 Avoid washing your hair too much during this season; it strips your hair of the essential oils that moisturize it naturally. And when you wash your hair use brands, which are gentle, nourishing and have a high SPF. Use a homemade or natural dry shampoo, such as cornstarch, in place of regular shampoo to go a bit longer without washing.

4. Avoid using hair-dryers as much as possible because blow-drying makes your hair frizz up. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more.

5. Keep conditioning to moisturize your hair. Your hair must replenish its moisture to stay healthy. Try a natural deep conditioning treatment once a week to get that extra bit of moisture into your hair.

6 Stay calm, eat healthy and do some exercise because your hair is a reflection of your lifestyle. Salmon, spinach, and omega-3-rich eggs can keep your hair strong and looking healthy and shiny.

7 A hot oil rinse is a must in the summer.. After shampooing your hair, heat any natural oil (coconut, almond or olive) and apply it to your hair from the tips to the roots. Your hair should feel moisturized afterward, but not greasy.

8 After applying sunscreen on your body, simply run your fingers through your hair and let the residual sunscreen protect your hair from UV rays.

9 Don't brush your hair, use a wide-tooth comb instead. These tend to be way less harsh when it comes to untangling your locks.

10 If you are going to swim, wet your hair before you enter the pool. This way it will absorb less chlorine. Another idea is to brush a few drops of natural hair oil through your dry locks with a boar-bristle brush, then douse your hair with fresh water. The oil acts as an additional barrier because oil and water don't mix.

11 If you're a blonde who turns green after a dip in the pool, try rinsing out your wet hair with a half cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water to get rid of discoloration and dullness.

12 Don't use hair sprays because it's extremely drying. If you must use hair spray, consider using one that contains natural ingredients and conditioners, as they are more conditioning and neutralizing.

13 Make a mix of avocado oil, aloe vera juice and water and put this concoction in a spritz bottle. Keep it handy whenever you feel the dryness levels in your hair rise. You can also use an herbal tea rinse to boost your hair's natural highlights, add lemon or chamomile for blonde hair, black tea for brown or black hair, or red ginger for copper or red hair.

14 When you're at the beach, slick your dry hair back with conditioner. It acts as a barrier to sunlight, salt water, and chlorine. If you want summer highlights, skip certain strands.

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