11 Summer Hair Tricks Pros Swear By

Spending more time alfresco is practically a summer prerequisite. But sun, salt, and sand also come with a few disadvantages — including serious potential damage to your 'do.
We hate to break it to you, but as good as summer can be for your psyche, it's equally bad for your strands — unless you want to be the person stuck inside watching Netflix while everyone else soaks in the great outdoors. [Ed. note: Hell no.] Heat and humidity can do a number on healthy hair, no matter your type or texture, while chlorine and saltwater can fade color as they cause dehydration, breakage, and dullness.

If dingy, dry, or damaged hair wasn’t quite what you were going for this season, have no fear. We went straight to our pro team of hairstylists and colorists for tips on how to keep hair healthy until fall. Turns out that the key to countering the elements lies mostly in prevention. With a little know-how — and a few essential products — you’ll be able to enjoy every bonfire, bocce game, and swan pool float without a (hair) care in the world.

Read on for 11 tips on how to protect your strands all summer long.