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7 simple summer hair care tips for healthy, shiny hair
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7 simple summer hair care tips for healthy, shiny hair

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During summer your hair has a lot to deal with, from the scorching hot sun to chlorine, salt water and extra humidity. Is it any wonder your locks frequently feel and look frizzy, fried, dried out and unmanageable?

However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few key summer hair care tips you’ll have a good hair day every day during the hot summer months.

7 tips for healthy, shiny, manageable summer hair

#1 Sun care for your hair
We all love spending time outside during summer enjoying the glorious warm weather, but have you ever felt like your hair is being fried on hot days? UV rays not only damage your skin and the skin on your scalp but they can also cause damage to your locks including fading coloured hair. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is one option to protect your strands and scalp from sun damage and it will also protect your skin.

#2 Hydrate
Sun, salt water and chlorine dry and stress tresses out, so in summer switch out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a moisturising set designed to protect, nourish and provide an extra surge of hydration to combat the drying effects of summer.

Try: O&M Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and O&M Hydrate and Conquer Conditioner

#3 Mask
Along with switching out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a hydrating shampoo and conditioning duo, add a super hydrating weekly hair mask formulated with nourishing hair oils like coconut oil and macadamia oil into your summer hair routine. Pop it on at the same time as your weekly face mask for shiny summer locks and glowing skin.

Try: O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque or Theseeke Rose Elixir

#4 Pre-swim hair care
Frequent dips in the ocean and the pool are summer staples, but chlorine and salt water can cause havoc with hair. Often after a swim in a chlorinated pool our locks feel so dehydrated and dry they feel close to snapping off. Likewise, salt water can leave hair feeling frizzy, tangle and all dried out at the ends.

For healthy hair during swimming season, before heading out for a dip apply a layer of conditioner or hair treatment product from the roots to the tips of the hair. This acts as a barrier to protect your locks from the damaging effects of chlorine and salt water.

Pre-swim, try: Blondi Beach Hair Rescue Oil, Saya Argan Conditioner or Hunter Lab Nourishing Conditioner
For colour treated hair try: Grown Alchemist Colour Protect Conditioner: Aspartic Amino Acid, Hydrolyzed Quinoa Protein, Ootanga

#5 Post-swim hair care
Post-swim, rinse your hair with fresh water under an outdoor shower or with water from your reusable water bottle as soon as possible to avoid chlorine or salt water sitting on the hair and causing more mischief.

#6 Hair tool hiatus
We’re all guilty of overdoing it with heat tools—who doesn’t love a sleek blow out, pin-straight locks or enviable waves? However, heat tools are tough on hair and with everything the environment is throwing at your tresses in summer, it’s the ideal time to give the blow dryer, straightener or curling wand a break and embrace easy breezy natural styles no heat tools required. Think: natural post-swim beach waves or create your own with a texture spray like O&M Surf Bomb.

#7 Fight the frizz
Once the temperature dials up so too does the humidity. Naturally, that means out-of-control frizz. Tame frizz and out-of-control flyaways with a smoothing serum or multi-tasking beauty oil that will fight frizz and return strands back to silky smooth.

Try:  O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum or reach for a kit containing all the smooth hair saviours like O&M’s Mini Smooth Minerals set.
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