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Dryness, frizz, and breakage are just a few of the unfortunate side effects of the summer heat. From the sun’s harmful UV rays to constant heat styling, your hair is bound to take a beating this season. But, don’t let the heat deter you from doing your favorite summer activities. Read on to discover our top tips for keeping your locks in check this season.

Minimize hot tool use

If you can, limit your hot tool use to 1-2 times a week at most. When you do heat style, apply a heat protectant to shield your hair from the damaging effects caused by styling tools. For best results, work in small sections in order to ensure every strand is protected.

Try: Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist


Protect your color from the sun

Whether it’s discoloration, fading or dullness, the sun wreaks havoc on your color. To keep your color looking bright, shiny and fresh, use a color-safe shampoo, conditioner and hair mask to repel the sun’s harmful rays.

Try: Redken Color Extend Blondage Shampoo and Conditioner


Opt for loose buns and braids

While it may be tempting to throw your hair up into a tight bun or boxer braids every day in order to get it out of your face, don’t! Doing so can actually create tension on your strands, resulting in breakage and even intense shedding around your crown. Instead, tie your hair into a loose low bun or a messy side braid to keep your hair out of the way without creating too much tension.

Prevent frizz before it happens

Unfortunately for women everywhere, humidity and frizz go hand-in-hand during the summertime. If you are in a high-humidity area, invest in products designed to eliminate frizz from the get-go. Apply a frizz-fighting styling cream and a serum before styling, and always keep a set of hair-smoothing sheets in your bag to get rid of frizz and flyaways on the go

Redken All Soft Mega Mega Mask

Minimize your dry time

Nothing is more miserable than spending 20 minutes in the bathroom blow-drying your hair when it’s already a million degrees outside. Stop sweat in its tracks by minimizing your blow-dry time. Apply a hair primer before blow-drying in order to speed up dry time and protect your hair from the heat.

Try: Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer Cream

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