When the temperature rises, so does the desire to get out and play. We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun, but what about protecting our hair? Home of sun, surf and swim, the Space Coast’s main attractions can wreak havoc on your mane, leaving it dry, dull and weakened. Ivory and Olive share some tips to help protect — and repair — your hair from the weathering elements so you can keep shining all summer long!



Embrace Your Hat Head

Wearing a hat will protect your skin and it will shield your hair from the sun exposure.  You cannot go wrong with a fedora, baseball hat or a floppy beach hat.  For straw hats, choose one that is woven tightly so that UV rays cannot penetrate it.  If hats are not your thing, opt for a scarf or a bandana in a bright, bold color. Check out Target.com or Gap.com for affordable, stylish options.

Multi-task Your Mane

Choose products that offer multiple benefits, such as UV ray and heat protection, frizz control and hydration. Instant Healthy Hair Treatment by 12 Benefits is a convenient multi-tasking spray that is easy to throw in a beach bag.  You will love all 12 of the benefits this product provides ­— especially protection from chlorine, wind and sun damage. Amazon.com, $17

Check out this double agent!  AERIN Beach Creamcan be used on your skin AND hair.  This rose-scented formula will give the skin a warm, shimmery glow and when applied to damp locks, it will serve as a deep conditioner by protecting the hair shaft when warmed by the sun. NeimanMarcus.com, $45

Trade in Your Tools

Summer is the time to send your styling tools on a much-needed vacation. Overexposing the hair to heat can cause damage to the cuticle. During the summer months, styling with blow dryers and irons is adding insult to injury. Now is the time to embrace your natural texture

For those with curly or textured hair, Carol’s Daughter Hair Milkis a moisturizing leave-in moisturizer that contains shea and cocoa butter to hydrate, define curls and defy frizz — that’s right — no blow-drying necessary! CarolsDaughter.com, $20

For those with fine or straight hair, add some tousled texture by using a product meant to give you that just-frolicked-on-the-beach look.  Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray adds volume and texture to create a sexy, wind blown style. Sephora.com, $25

Coat Before You Float

Chlorine bonds to the hair and strips it of natural oils that protect it, leaving it dry and brittle. “Hair is like a sponge; when it’s dry, it soaks up chlorine,” says Kari Garcia, owner and stylist at Belezza Salon and Day Spa in Rockledge. “Before getting in the pool, rinse your hair with fresh water and apply a conditioner (any type will work, just don’t rinse it out). This essentially fills the cuticle to minimize absorption.” Additionally, try to shampoo your hair as soon as you can after swimming, preferably before it dries.


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