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We all know that summer is a time of fun and adventure. And whether you spend your days lying in the pool or out in the sun, these adventures come with some harsh elements. But with the right hair care, you don’t have to worry about starting the fall season with destroyed hair.

Here are a few tips to help protect your locks over the next few months:

Chlorine: Depending on the type of hair you have, chlorine behaves differently on different colors. Blondes tend to start looking a little green. And brunettes can often feel the slimy chemicals in their hair. There are many products out there to help with the effects of a pool. One is Malibu swimmers after-swim solution. Or you can use their swimmers shampoo to help fight chlorine buildup.

Sun: Sitting in the sun all day can do much damage to healthy hair. But this damage can be avoided by applying a leave in conditioner while you are sitting outside. The conditioner will act as a barrier between your hair and the sun. Paul Mitchell Color Care line has a lot of good options, which are like sunscreen for your hair. Whatever you pick just make sure it says “UV” on it.

Water: Wet your hair in clean water first, before diving into the pool. Our hair absorbs water. If your hair is already wet, it can’t absorb the chlorine water. Also be sure to rinse after you get out of the pool.

Skin: We all know to layer the sun block on our faces and arms… but what about our hair. If your hair is in a braid, or if you have very thin hair, part of your scalp can be showing. Make sure you sunscreen these areas too.

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