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The summer is rough on our hair. From jumping in pools, lakes, and oceans, to laying in the sun and sweating in the humidity, we have to spend time reversing the damaging effects of summer weather. One of the biggest beauty dilemmas we face during this season is hair breakage. We have five things you can do on a daily basis to prevent split ends.

  1. Buy a condition with keratin as a main ingredient. Keratin is a protein in the hair that keeps it strong and healthy. As our hair is damaged, we need more keratin to repair the hair’s elasticity and strength. Using a keratin conditioner at least three times a week will gradually repair your hair while also preventing further damage in the future.
  2. Every time you get out of the shower run a few drops of anti-frizz serum through the ends of your hair. Even when your hair isn’t wet, you can use the serum to smooth out the ends and add much-needed moisture to your hair. This will also energize dull hair as it creates a smooth, shiny appearance.
  3. Before using any thermal products like a blow dryer, straightener, or curler, always apply a thermal care product evenly throughout your hair. These products usually come in spray bottles. Comb through your hair after using the product to distribute the thermal protection over all of your hair. This will act as a shield to the hot temperatures of your styling tools.
  4. Before you go to bed every night, use a dime-sized amount of coconut oil on the ends of your hair. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which reduces protein loss in your hair. Coconut oil is also very moisturizing, and it helps keep the moisture locked in your hair so it stays moist and soft.
  5. Lastly, be careful when putting your hair up. Something as simple as a super tight hairband can cause hair breakage. Use gentle hair-ties, or aim for low, loose ponytails.

As a final word, remember to schedule your hair appointments no further than eight weeks apart. Ideally, getting a trim every six to eight weeks will keep your hair healthy and breakage-free, which ultimately makes it easier to grow out.

Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate