How to Protect Your Hair This Summer

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You may be on vacation, but your hair is working to stay moisturized and strong. Subjecting your strands to scorching sun, chlorine and salt water damage and sweltering humidity can ruin summer fun. But the summer can be a time to rejuvenate not just your body and mind, but your hair as well. By protecting your hair from sun exposure plus replenishing the hair with vitamins and moisture, you can make sure your hair stays cool, cute and healthy. Design Essentials® has tips for how to combine protective styling with the right products for successful summer hair.


The box braids that were popular in the 90s are back and allow hair to take a break from styling for the summer. Just because you’re taking a break from styling doesn’t mean you’re taking a break from good hair care. With braids, it’s still important to shampoo and condition your own hair while in braids with products like Moisture Retention Conditioning Shampoo and Express Instant Moisturizing Conditioner. You can also apply Reflections Liquid to human or synthetic braids for added shine.


Another cute option is the scarf trend that’s showing up in multiple ways. You can either cover your entire head with a wrapped scarf or allow hair to show through in a variety of styles from turban, to band, to bandanna-style. Steer clear of solids and find the brightest prints possible for maximum summer chic.


If you’re adding elements like chlorine to your hair, it’s important to go beyond protective styling to replenish the hair through restorative treatments. Lounging by the pool with a summer read is a perfect time to treat yourself to an intensive conditioning treatment. Ingredients that add moisture to the hair like oils and vitamins treat hair that’s dry and damaged from swimming and outdoor activities. Infused with a trio of shea butter, olive oil and honey, DEEP Fortifying Treatment is one way to reconstruct damaged hair by restoring strength and elasticity. After shampooing, apply your conditioning treatment and comb through and secure hair in a topknot. Skip the dryer and head outside to allow your treatment to process.

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