Four easy ways to get healthy summer hair

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
By Julie Wiegan
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Vidal Sasson protégé, Riccardo Maggiore, of the New York based Riccardo Maggiore Salon, whose clients include ageless style icons Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lopez, gives us four easy tips to keep hair healthy this summer.

GET A GOOD HAIRCUT
Split ends or porous hair can cause further damage because of its quick absorption of the sun’s rays, chlorine, and salt water. Get hair into excellent shape with a thorough haircut or trim. If hair is in really bad condition, consider a shock, reconditioning, or hydrating treatment.

USE SPF ON HAIR
While soaking up the sun, be sure to use hair products that provide some UV protection, or you may end up with really dry, broken strands at the end of the season. Use sun specific products with a UV protectant, like Riccardo Maggiore Gel-Vitale Moisturizing Styling Gel, which contains sunscreen agents to protect hair from damaging UV rays. You can also wear large floppy hats to protect your hair and scalp from the sun.

DRINK IT UP
Hair tends to be drier and more prone to breakage in the summer, so feed thirsty strands with a deep conditioning treatment to help restore moisture and elasticity.

EAT WELL
Give your hair back its strength and shine by eating foods with essential fatty acids such as salmon, seeds, nuts, olives, and avocados.


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