How to Protect Your Hair From the Elements

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Protect Your HairYou have the perfect hairstyle and you look great, until you step outside. Suddenly, a sleek ponytail is an unruly mess or a neat bun is ruined by flyaways on a windy day. You don't have to sacrifice style because of the weather. With the right hair tactics, you can stay sleek and stylish, no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.

Master Windy Days

Wind can whip hair every which way except the way you want. A light breeze may make hair look sexy, but a windy day can spell disaster if you aren't prepared. First of all, plan for an up-do of some sort. Leaving your hair completely down gives the wind free reign to play.

Start by using a deep conditioning treatment once a week and try to avoid heat styling. Leave-in conditioner is your best friend. Moisturized, sleek hair is the goal. Use bobby pins and barrettes to secure layers and flyaways. Ponytails, buns and braids are ideal. Scarves and headbands are perfect for partial up-dos or short hair.

Rain and Humidity Proof Hair

Rain and humidity are two of the most common problems your hair has to deal with. Since you don't always know when it might rain, always be prepared. Use an anti-frizz leave-in conditioner after drying. If you live in a particularly humid or rainy area, use a leave-in treatment that's labeled for daily use. The moisture won't weigh hair down between washes, but you'll still have protection. Always use a light coat of hairspray or hair gel to protect and smooth.

Avoid heat styling as much as possible. Contrary to what you might think, straightening or curling hair won't prevent frizz. Ponytails, braids and buns are the easiest to work with and perfect for all hair types.

Remember, you can always add a bit of pizzazz to these styles with variations. For instance, use a fishtail braid instead of the standard style or go with a slightly messy side pony. Keep a little smoothing cream on hand just in case flyaways do start to become a problem and you'll be able to tame any humidity or rain issues on the spot.

Perfect Poolside Hair

If you're planning a day at the pool or beach, the first thing you need to do is protect your hair. You'll be out in the sun most of the day, so start by using hair care products with SPF. If you don't have any on hand, wear a stylish hat or scarf when you're out near the water.

If you don't plan on swimming, a moisturizing leave-in conditioner will protect your hair from humidity and most any hairstyle is appropriate. If you do plan to swim, you should wet your hair before stepping in the pool. Plain tap water works best. The idea is to let your hair absorb non-damaging water instead of chlorine-treated pool water or salty seawater. You can even add a leave-in conditioner to wet hair before you head out to the beach or pool. As soon as you're done for the day, wash your hair with a clarifying or swimmer's shampoo to remove all residues and prevent damage.

There’s no reason for the weather to cause a bad hair day. Follow our tips and tricks for a flawless look, that neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can mar!

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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