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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Summertime, that is. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about longer days, bronzed skin and any excuse to rock linen. On the flip side, however, (right next to sweaty subway rides, inopportune tan lines and bug bites) is the mess that is my hair in the summer. As soon as the mercury spikes, my otherwise low-maintenance locks turn into a season-long nightmare. A day in the sun and heat leaves my strands dull and dry while any amount of humidity zaps my hair into a frazzled, fluffy mess. And while a blowdryer or flat iron might do the trick, no amount of coaxing can bring me to resurrect my hot tools in the summer months.
Suffering from similar summertime hair woes? Check out these 10 products—from heat-activated conditioning masks to sun-protecting styling mists—to transform weather-worn locks into healthy hair you can rock all summer long.
Bumble and Bumble Bb. Don’t Blow It
Don’t even think about busting out the blowdryer with this frizz-controlling cream that leaves you with the perfect air-dry plus UV protection, to boot.
Verb Sea Texture Cream
Work this lightweight cream through second—or even third—day waves to refresh your style, add volume and create a tousled, just-left-the-beach look.
IGK Hot Girls Hydrating Shampoo
Quench parched strands with this Litchi extract and Vitamin E infused shampoo that leaves behind a summery scent of guava, coconut water and pink lotus.
Sachajuan Hair After the Sun
Consider this your beach-day best friend. Smooth through sun-soaked strands to rehydrate and restore shine.
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse OR Multi-Usage Golden Shimmer Dry Oil
The perfect accessory to your summer vaca, this multipurpose dry oil does much more than just amp up your tan: smooth through your mane for shimmering, silky hair without compromising volume.
Nanogen Root Boost Hair Thickening Spray with Sun Damage Protection
This hardworking spray packs a serious punch for summer styling: a few spritzes will lift and thicken strands, protect from UVA and UVB rays, soothe your scalp and promote hair growth.
Yuni Beauty Hot Head Microveil Hair Treatment
Mist this high-tech leave-in spray in your hair before a heated workout (or sauna sesh) for the ultimate conditioning experience. As the hair’s cuticle opens with rising body temps, argan and kukui oils penetrate deeply leaving hair frizz-free and repaired.
Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
A beachbag essential, this water-resistant antioxidant-packed sun protection mist shields hair from damaging rays for up to 16 hours to keep color fading, damage and dryness at bay all summer long.
ARROJO ReFRESH Dry Conditioner
Because sometimes lazy summer days mean skipping the shampoo, this lightweight dry cleansing conditioner leaves hair sleek, soft and static-free.
Tangle Teezer Orginal Detangling Hair Brush
When windswept strands meet sweat and salt, tangles and knots are bound to happen. Gently brush out beachy hair with this cult fave featuring short bristles and an easy-to-hold design for damage-free detangling.
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