Natural hair rules in the summer! Now is the season to let go of perfect, sleek hairdos and embrace that loose, natural look. Learn how to protect your hair from the heat, sun, and humidity without turning it into an endless battle. Keep your hair happy and healthy all summer long using these natural, chemical-free methods! 1. Cover up! Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects colour-treated hair. 2. Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat. 3. Wash less often Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. My favorite shampoo is Vitamin Shampoo by Julien Farel. 4. Reduce the heat Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go au naturel if you can. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more. 5. Spritz & Seal Make a concoction of water, aloe vera juice, and avocado oil. Keep it on hand to spritz whenever a bit of moisture needed and if your in a salon make sure you do a power dose treatment which is very intensive conditioning treatment that lasts up to 4 to 5 weeks ! 6 . Trim Make sure you get a regular trim to prevent split ends and trim means cleaning the ends without taking lots of inches off! 7 . Balayage Get few a balayage strokes and minimize over highlighting during the summer because just like the picture shown in the photo above "the sun will help me get those bright pieces in place." Abby Haliti is a Color Director & Balayage Expert at Julien Farel Restore Spa Salon. Book an appointment with Abby here.