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Tips to help you beat the heat and keep hair healthy

Summer may be coming to a close, but temperatures are still running high and that can make your hair suffer. The good news is you don’t need to succumb to the sun’s effects or suffer in silence. You can keep your tresses on point through the fall. Here’s how:
 
Wash Less, Hydrate More
It’s not just your skin that suffers under scorching conditions. With prolonged exposure to summer conditions hair can get dry and damaged, too. In order to avoid the worst of it, wash your hair less frequently, but add moisture in between washes. Try creating a spray out of water and a bit of your favorite conditioner, or do a weekly hair masque. The decrease in wash frequency will allow the oil in your scalp do its job and hair treatments will quench thirsty hair and help keep fly aways of all varieties in check.
 
Beat the Heat…Or Just Skip It
It may sound scary, especially if you’re a blow-out addict, but summer is the perfect time to forgo the hairdryer in favor of a more natural drying approach. Let your locks air dry after you shower. If you need smoothing afterward, use cold rollers or spritz with your conditioning spray and use a cool air dryer to style. Avoiding heat will help keep your hair soft and make crunchy, dried out ends and breakage less likely.
 
Protect Yourself
You wouldn’t sit out in the sun without sunscreen, would you? Then don’t do it to your hair, either! While there are sunscreens for hair available, (be sure to avoid any toxic ingredients) hats and headscarves do the trick just as well and can add a little something to your style. Whether you choose a practical baseball cap for a hike, a playful cowboy hat for poolside cocktails, or a chic wide brimmed hat for your trip to the beach, being smart has never looked so stylish while saving your hair from strain. 
Stephanie K. Smith is a freelance writer working across mediums. Her pieces have appeared on sites ranging from CNN.com to National Lampoon and she’s written television pilots for Fox, CBS, The CW and Legendary Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her son, Dash and their (girl) cat, Fred.  http://www.stephanieksmith.com/

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