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And not just because your hair actually grows 10 to 15 percent faster during the summer months—just one of the weird facts about your hair. “If you have sun-damaged hair that feels dry and has a straw-like texture, it’s time for a trim,” says Sandrine Bucarelli, advanced stylist at Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa. Waiting too long can cause split ends to creep upwards and cause further damage. Trying to grow your locks? Not to worry, you don’t have to chop your coif to reap the benefits of a trim. One inch or less is enough to create shape and get rid of the split ends. “A good solid trim is a great jump-start to really caring for your hair,” says Stefani Padilla, stylist and founder of La Tierra Sagrada. After the trim, follow up with a product regimen for sun-damaged hair, including a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, and styling products.
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Sun-damaged hair is desperate for hydration. To help replace moisture, Padilla suggest a shampoo and conditioner—just make sure you’re using it right—with nourishing oils like coconut, jojoba, and argan. “Try to find products without the added sulfates and parabens. These toxic ingredients tend to strip the hair. The key is to protect natural oil and add more nutrient-rich, hydrating ingredients.” Try: La Tierra Sagrada Shampoo and Conditioner or Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Hydrate Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. These are hair washing mistakes you didn’t realize you’re making.