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Top 5 Summer Hair Care Do’s & Don’ts

**Attention my fellow hair lovers***

This just in from Target! Every month, Target has something stylish and new to try, and this month it’s all about hair. You better believe as soon as I found that out I grabbed my purse, hopped in the car and went straight to my home away from home to get my hands on a few of their newest products. Since summer is basically here, I figured that I would play with these awesome new Hair Food products available at Target to give you the do’s and don’ts of summer hair care.

As most of you know, I grew up in Texas where it’s summer year-round. Hair care was essential, especially since I was a swimmer spending 85% of my time in an outdoor pool. Not much has changed now that I live on the beach in California. I still love being in the outdoors, splitting my time between hitting the pool for my daily workouts and the beach to lounge with my friends.

Summer hair care can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. So let’s get to my top five do’s and don’ts that I’ve learned over the years.

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Do go sulfate-free.

Had you told me that it was okay for me to shampoo daily 5 years ago, I probably would have laughed in your face because I knew how hard my hair would get after each wash. Most shampoos dry out your hair, causing it to become weak, damaged and prone to split ends and breakage. No thanks! When you make the switch to sulfate-free, your world will change. A gentle sulfate-free product like the Hair Food Hair Milk Shampoo and Conditioner is sure to surprise you as it did me. First off, you can’t miss the smell of vanilla and jasmine that last all day. It’s safe enough to use daily because it hydrates my hair and thoroughly cleans without stripping my hair of its natural oils. And I can’t even explain to you how noticeably shiny my hair was after only three uses.

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Hair Food Hair Milk Shampoo and Conditioner

Don’t let sweat ruin your hair day.

It’s hot outside, no doubt about it. However, there is a way around greasy and oily scalps. I’ve been testing out the Hair Food Sulfate Free Kiwi Dry Shampoo lately because it’s a lightweight, silicone-, paraben-, mineral oil-free hair refresher that works to absorb excess oils. I can honestly say I am so pleased by the kiwi scent and how it transforms my oily hair into fresh hair in a just a few sprays.

BONUS TIP: I’ve been keeping a travel-size in my gym bag to touch up my hair after my workouts and one in my carry-on for easy, on-the-go access while I’m traveling. It’s super simple to use: Just aim the can about 6 inches to a foot away from your scalp and then spray it in small sections that go against the grain of your hair to ensure it hits every area. Allow the powder to absorb for a couple minutes (or use overnight for best results), and massage through with your fingers.

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Do protect your natural or treated hair color.

Now this is one where you definitely need to learn from my mistakes. I have never dyed my hair, but I was the girl at the pool for many years spritzing my hair with lemon juice to add color. Such a naive move, Katt. Lemon and other acidic or alcohol-based hair products not only dry out your hair, leading to intense hair-cuticle damage but it’s also a waste of your last haircut and dye job. Hair Food has a wonderful Color Protect collection that won’t make you sacrifice the shine for clean hair because it’s a gentle cleansing and conditioning combination.

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Hair Food Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner

Don’t forget UV protection.

Always remember that protecting your hair before you leave the house is the first step to avoiding sun damage. UV rays not only damage your skin, but they are harsh on your hair as well. During the summer, it may seem like a good idea to skip the conditioner to reduce the chances of an oily scalp, but it can actually do more harm than good. Hair Food conditioners are formulated to replace proteins for strong, healthy hair, and to protect your hair from UV damage. So that’s a win-win in my book! 😉

Do wear a hat.

Have you ever been outside and touched your hair, only to notice that it is actually ultra hot? Maybe it’s just me or maybe it’s just a struggle of being a dark brunette, but I will suggest that keeping a hat on-hand to wear in the sun is a must. The sun drains moisture from your hair, which leads to dry, faded strands. Don’t let all your at-home shower prep go to waste. Instead opt for the most stylish way to keep your hair healthy by buying cute summer hats or scarves so that you’re more likely to wear them before hitting your next summer festivity.

What are your do’s and don’ts of summer hair care? I want to know in the comments below. And if you end up trying any of these amazing Hair Food products, be sure to tag me on Instagram and Twitter, plus use the hashtag #TargetStyle to join the fun! Hope you have a wonderful hair day. 🙂

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target. #TargetStyle

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