Summer is my favorite time of year. The days are warmer, they are longer and I want to spend as much time outside as possible.

This also means I don’t want to spend time on my hair. I especially don’t want to use any heating products. I want my hairstyling process to be as quick and easy (and cooling) as possible!

Here’s what I do to make sure my hair looks great during summer, without taking up my precious time.

Wear a cute hat

Yep, besides being a fashionable cover-up for a ‘bad hair day’, a hat is probably your greatest on the spot ally in defending your hair against one of its worst enemies . . . summer sun. It’s especially true if you are one of the hundreds of thousands of women who color your hair. 

Apply conditioner and leave it on

Coating your hair is a good way to help lower the absorption of chlorine and other pool chemicals to your hair. Plus, the heat from the sun will help your hair absorb the conditioner deeper into the hair shaft, turning any conditioning into a deep conditioning treatment.

Shampoo hair after the pool or ocean

Both chlorine and sea salt reek-havoc, drying out your hair if left in. If you can’t shampoo, at least rinse these out your hair sooner than later. And, of course if you’re an avid pool dweller, a shampoo formulated for ridding the hair of chlorine is advisable.

Put it up

Any day you wear a style that doesn’t include the heat from a hair-dryer, curling iron or flat-iron; will be a day your hair will thank you for it and show improvement. Braids, chignons, ponytails and twists are chic, adorable ways to change it up this summer.

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