How To Keep Your Hair Healthy When It's 1,000 Degrees Out

Ahhh, summer. Visions of beachy waves are dancing in your head! But the reality, unless your name is Gisele, may be a bit frizzier, drier, and brassier. Not to worry: Your healthy hair goals are easy to achieve — so long as you embrace imperfection and don’t overthink.
Sexy summer hair is windblown and textured and messy, not coiffed to perfection. Why spend time sitting in a salon getting a blowout when there's a rooftop pool and a mojito calling your name?
Now’s the time to take a vacation from all that heat styling and give your strands some TLC with multitasking products that condition, protect, and style. They’ll make your hair soft and shiny all year round — but especially when the heat is on and the sun is beating down. Welcome to wash-and-go, effortless summer hair.
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Prevent Damage

Besides frying your hair, sun exposure also alters and fades the color — even if yours isn’t dyed. Put on a hat, a silk scarf, or an SPF product like this water-resistant sunscreen with plant-derived UVA and UVB filters, shea butter, and natural oils. “Wet your hair and spray this on before you go swimming, so your strands won’t soak up as much chlorine or salt water,” says celebrity hairstylist Mia Santiago of Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger in NYC.

Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $29, available at Aveda.
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Wash With Care

Use a mild sulfate-free shampoo that won’t dry out your hair. Santiago’s summer tip: Shampoo at night, air-dry and sleep on it, then wake up to natural bedhead-y waves.

OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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After cooling off with a swim through salt water or chlorine, you'll need a brush that detangles gently. Wet Brush's special flexible bristles bend and move as you brush through your hair, minimizing any ripping or damage. Plus, this pop-up version is super compact for on-the-go travel, so you'll be prepared for any hair emergencies you're bound to encounter.

Wet Brush Mini Pop Fold, $7.99, available at Wet Brush.
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Moisturize to Fight Frizz

Skip the stiff gels and hairsprays, and simply use conditioner as a styler. A lightweight spray-on hydrator won’t weigh down fine textures, but will control frizz and bring out your natural texture when you air-dry it. Bonus: The coconut oil in this formula has some natural SPF, too!

Sun Bum Beach Formula 3-in-1 Leave-In Treatment, $14.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Remove Buildup Weekly

“Especially after a week of swimming in salt or chlorinated water, and conditioning with oils, it’s a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo to get all that gunk off, and restore your hair to it’s healthy pH balance,” advises Santiago.

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampo, $25, available at Sephora.
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Then Deep Condition

Post-clarifying shampoo is the perfect time to deep condition, so that the moisturizing ingredients can better absorb into the strands. “It’s just like exfoliating your skin and putting on a hydrating mask,” says Santiago, who’s obsessed with this five-minute hair mask.

Amika Triple RX Mask, $38, available at Love Amika.
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Nix Brassiness

Despite all your good intentions and prevention, hair does oxidize in the sun, and even a little bit of chlorine is going to affect the color. If your brunette shade goes orange, your platinum turns green, or your blond gets yellow, a purple glossing treatment will help get it back to normal.

Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss in Breaking Brass, $26, available at Sephora.
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Make Waves

In theory, salt water is an awesome texturizer and wave-maker, but let’s not forget that it’s actually ultra-dehydrating. This salt-free beach spray creates texture and oomph, but won’t leave your hair crispy.

Sally Hershberger 24K Beach Glam Mineral Wave Spray, $28, available at Sally Hershberger.
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