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Your midsummer hair rescue guide

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You have probably been to the pool a few times this summer. Or maybe the beach or lake. Chlorine, heat, and sun exposure may have taken their toll on your hair, leaving it dry, damaged or brittle. Below you'll find a quick and easy guide to saving your summer hairstyle.

Deep Condition – In the salon or at home, a deep conditioning treatment will help restore moisture lost through your summer activities. Available at Ulta, Living Proof and Fekkai offer luxe deep conditioning masks to repair damage. For a more price-conscious offering try products by Pantene or L’Oreal.

Get the green out – No judgment here if you need a little nap after an afternoon at the pool, but skipping a shampoo after exposing hair to chlorine can affect your color. If you are blonde, you have likely experienced a green hue on your hair if you didn’t shampoo in time. Shampoos like Ultra Swim will remove chlorine and preserve your intended hair color.

Get a haircut – If your ends are ragged, go in for a little midsummer snip. If you notice damaged ends but can’t get into see your stylist right away, don’t spend the next few weeks with unsightly ends. Go to Supercuts or Great Clips or the salon in the mall and just get a little trim. This is not an act of disloyalty to your stylist, this is an act of desperation. Get rid of the dead ends and notice an immediate improvement in the look of your hair. Your stylist will understand.

Limit sun exposure – According to LiveStrong.com, “prolonged exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can damage your hair from its cuticle to its inner structure.” Try a sun protection spray like Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil or Phyto’s Protective Sun Veil. Hats work well also.

Dry Shampoo – Like summer’s core environmental factors, shampooing strips hair of its natural moisture. But given the heat, humidity and sweat . . . you may have the urge to shampoo more frequently. Enter dry shampoo. Aerosol formulas like those from Baptiste and Oscar Blandi deliver lift at the root while absorbing dirt and oil. You’ll save time in your morning routine and retain your hair’s natural moisture.

The reoccurring theme here is moisture. It is important to remember that sun, chlorine and heat are the archenemies of your hair’s moisture, and in order to keep your tresses looking their best, you’ll need to take the appropriate steps. Happy summer!

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