We love the carefree vibe of the “Beach Hair, Don’t Care” t-shirts that are so popular lately. We also love a summer day spent at the pool or the beach. But as experts in hair and beauty, we know that summer hair doesn’t have to be a frizzy mess. Your summer locks can look gorgeous no matter how much fun you’re having in the sun. Here are our tricks of the trade for healthy, happy summertime hair.

First, use products that protect and condition your hair. Here are our top picks:

L’ANZA Healing Moisture Noni Fruit Leave-In Conditioner

A moisturizing leave-in conditioner with built-in UV protection will help to hydrate sun-dried locks. Hours in the sun and the stress of styling can damage your hair, making it lifeless and dull – definitely not the look you’re going for in summertime selfies! This extra-gentle leave-in conditioner will protect your color and add needed moisture. Also, it smells incredible!

L’ANZA Trauma Treatment

Trauma Treatment

There’s nothing this stuff can’t do. It’s a deep conditioner, a heat protectant, and a shield for sun and chlorine. Coat your hair with a dollop of this before you style it for a day at the pool and you’ll end the day with softer, more hydrated locks.

A Wet Brush

If you have long hair, make a little extra room for this sleek little brush in your beach bag. It is the perfect tool for painlessly working through your hair’s wind tousled locks. No brush is a better match for a long day at the beach.

Second, choose summer-friendly hairstyles. Here are our two faves:

Summer Braids

Summer Braid

Even if you can’t do fancy braids like a French braid or a fishtail, a simple down-the-back braid (or two braids starting at your temples and meeting in the back) looks beautiful for a summer afternoon at the pool. And even better, this lovely style is also a practical one – it keeps the hair off your neck, so you’ll be cooler in the summer heat.

Another great thing about summer braids? Leave one in overnight, and voila, the next day you have gorgeous waves – a day-two style with almost no effort!

Simple Buns

A classic, messy bun like the one in this tutorial is an all-day summer style that looks chic and sexy. An added benefit is that wearing your hair in a bun actually protects your hair from the elements. When your strands are folded into a bun (or a braid!), they’re getting less UV exposure, and thus, less sun damage (especially important if you color-treat your hair). Add to this benefit by coating your hair with one of the conditioning treatments listed above before braiding, and you’ll protect your hair even further from the sun’s harsh rays, and from chlorine in the pool or salt in the ocean.

Even if you follow all these tips (and we hope you do!), it never hurts to hit the salon for one of our popular deep conditioning treatments and a trim.

Happy summer, from the 140 Crew!

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