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Between the blazing sun, pool chemicals, and saltwater, summer can certainly wreak havoc on your hair. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to help your hair survive the season. I learned my summer hair-care techniques from my parents. Both were licensed cosmetologists. Here’s some of what they taught me:

Deep Condition Bi-Monthly

My parents taught me to deep condition my frazzled locks at least once every two weeks in the summer. Two of the deep-conditioning products they gave me to use were Queen Helene’s Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream and Queen Helene’s Cholesterol Hot Oil Treatments. A container of either one will cost you less than $5 and may be purchased through most beauty supply shops. Personally, I love the hair-conditioning cream more than I do the oil. The cream has the consistency of body butter. You slather it onto your hair, don a plastic shower cap, and then wrap your hair in a bath towel. It stays on your hair for 30 minutes. As the cream dries, it will make your hair feel stiff. However, once you rinse it off, your hair will feel amazingly soft.

Leave-In Conditioners

My parents also recommended that I use a leave-in conditioner with built-in sunscreen or a frizz-control product during the summer. Such products help to keep your hair from getting frizzy during periods of high humidity. The product that worked best on my baby-fine hair was John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease. It provided the protection my hair needed without weighing it down and making it look greasy. You can pick up a small bottle at most drug stores or beauty supply shops for around $6.

Clarifying Shampoos

I was also taught to use a clarifying shampoo after spending the day swimming in the ocean or in a chlorinated pool. Clarifying shampoos help to remove chemicals and salts from your hair. It is important to remove those things because they can dry your hair and alter its color over time. In my opinion, Quantum makes a great clarifying shampoo. A 33.8-ounce bottle of the stuff will tend to cost you $11.

Read Labels

Another thing I learned from my parents was that some summer hair-care products containformaldehyde and alcohol, which have the potential to dry out your hair even more. Therefore, I’d recommend that you read the labels on all your hair-care products. If your summer hair-care products contain those chemicals, I’d suggest that you swap them out for products that contain moisturizing ingredients instead. One line of alcohol-free hair-care products to consider is EverStyleby L’Oreal Paris.

Hats, Scarves, and Scrunchies

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or lightweight scarf on your head during the summer months will also provide some protection for your hair. If you do decide to wear your hair up in the heat, make sure that you don’t use elastic bands or create a lot of tension on your hair. Based on my experience, both can cause hair breakage. It is better to leave your braids or updo a bit loose. I’d also recommend using cloth scrunchies or wide-toothed clips to pull your hair back. In my opinion, they tend to cause less hair breakage.

Killeen Gonzalez’s parents were licensed cosmetologists. They owned and operated a full-service beauty salon.

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