STYLE
05/29/2013 08:03 am ET

Summer Haircare Tips: How To Protect And Repair Your Strands From The Sun

The last time we wore a sun hat was when our mothers dressed us. Now that we're older and a bit more rebellious, we'd rather bask in the sun's glow than sport a wide-brimmed hat. But this blasé attitude can result in dry and frizzy locks.

To help us all protect and repair our strands from the sun, stylist and salon owner Mario Russo offers his best summer haircare tips below.

Get wet ... with your hair
Dakota Fanning and Ashley Olsen's wet hair looks are great when it comes to summer haircare. According to Russo, applying deep conditioner to wet hair and thoroughly combing it through before heading out to the surf or sun offers optimal protection. The heat from the summer sun will open the hair cuticle and help the conditioner to penetrate better.

Throw on a mask
To replenish moisture to sun-damaged strands, use deep conditioning masks at least once a week -- leave the product on as long as possible or sit with it under a dryer or in a steam room. Oils are also essential to smooth and repair locks and can be applied to wet or dry hair.

Cut loose split ends
Make sure to frequently trim your ends to prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and damaging hair. Russo recommends scheduling a trim every four to six weeks to maintain both your cut and the health of your hair.

Step away from the heat styling tools
During the warm-weather months, it's best to limit your use of the blow dryer and flat iron. When the air is moist, it can take longer to style hair which can result in further drying and damage. If you absolutely must use styling tools, liberally apply a heat protectant beforehand. You can also opt for frizz-free hairstyles like the topknot or messy chignon that don't require heat and can easily transition into soft waves.

How do you protect and repair your hair from sun damage?

Sun protection for your hair, feet and everything in between:

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