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Heyyyyy peeps!

Omg, I’m so excited for today’s post! It’s no secret that I LOVE changing up my hair style. I dye my hair whenever I’m going through a midlife crisis. I tend to get bored easily, so my hair has changed a lot throughout the years. When I was in college, I had very extremely long, dark brunette hair. When the asymmetrical bobs went into style, I decided I needed a change, so I chopped my hair off and layered the new ‘do with chunky, dramatic blonde and brunette highlights. It was super edgy and fun! I liked the change, but short hair totally wasn’t my thing. Since then, my hair has been purple, platinum blonde, and as of lately, a soft ombré. Out of all of the styles I’ve had throughout the years, the ombré is my favorite look of them all. I get the best of both worlds- being brunette AND blonde. It also looks the most natural because of my natural light brown hair.

You know. That mousy, blah, “in-between” color that you can’t really do anything with.

Or as one of my friends calls it, “deer- fur” colored hair. (Nailed it.)

Ugh. The struggle is SO real, let me tell you.

I’m SO excited to partner with Dove today to share with you my healthy summer hair care tips! I’ve been a lifelong fan of Dove; not only are the products great, but I love Dove’s Real Beauty campaign that advocates for positive body image. Deciding to love ourselves and having confidence in our bodies is something that I believe all women should strive to live by!

So enough chit-chat. Here are my top tips for maintaining healthy, luscious hair during summertime!

Tip #1: Don’t wash your hair often

I try to only wash my hair twice a week. I have a friend (whose hair is beyond gorgeous, by the way) who washes her hair about once every two weeks! Washing your hair daily will strip it of its natural oils. Instead, swap out shampoo for some dry conditioner.

Tip #2: Use a repairing shampoo and conditioner

It’s no secret that my hair has become damaged throughout the years because of how many times I have colored it. Luckily, Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo & Conditioner work to repair hair and stop 90% of hair damage before it happens. It leaves your hair noticeably less damaged, nourished, and manageable; perfect for the indecisive girl who is always coloring her hair! This stuff is seriously my go-to, guys. It will not disappoint you.

Tip #3: Rinse your hair before entering the pool

Uh, chlorine and blonde hair definitely don’t mix well together….I’ve learned that lesson the hard way.

Tip #4: Prevent future damage – Avoid heat styling when you don’t have to

I never style my hair unless I have a photoshoot or I have some kind of event to attend. You guys tend to only see me dolled up here on this blog, but the truth is that 99% of the time I parade around in an old t-shirt and sweat pants, rocking the messy bun and no make-up….I’m either dolled up or I’m a hot mess, there is no in-between, LOL. I don’t like damaging my hair when I know it is unnecessary. Which brings me to the next point….

Tip #5: Wear a hat

Guys, I literally live in baseball caps. Not only are they totally adorable, but hats are such an easy style to rock. Just throw on a baseball cap and be done with it!

Tip #6: Condition, condition, condition!

The biggest problem I face with my hair is that because it is so thick and long, I get SO. MANY. TANGLES, which indicates that I need to condition it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. If I don’t condition my hair, it ends up being a knotted mess that is impossible to comb through. I recommend using Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner to get the softest, most manageable hair. I also use a leave in conditioner about once a week to prevent extra tangles.

Tip #7: Get regular trim-ups, even if you’re growing your hair out

Ha! Another lesson that I had to learn the hard way. For awhile, I thought that getting monthly trims would prevent my hair from growing out. WRONG. As I’ve gotten older and wiser, I’ve learned the importance of scheduling regular trims every 6-8 weeks to ensure that my ends don’t split. When I am late on my trim, I can totally tell! I ride the struggle bus trying to come through the tangles, and my layers grow back uneven.

Tip #8: Keep your hairstyles casual

As stated before, wearing hats is one way to keep it simple. When I’m not wearing a hat, I throw my hair up in a messy bun, put it in a braid, or let my hair air-dry after I shower. I do this to prevent heat styling. However, be careful in how you casually style your hair, because sometimes messy buns can cause even more breakage then you anticipate.

Tip #9: Drink lots of water

This one’s a no-brainer. Hydration is key. Drink lots of water for best results to nourish your hair and keep it healthy.

Tip #10: Take Biotin

This is my best-kept secret. I swear by taking Biotin vitamins; I really do think they work! Not only does my hair grow crazy long when I’m taking the supplement daily, but the nutrients help keep my hair shiny and healthy. There have been periods where I took Biotin and I received compliments from friends and family immediately about how fast my hair is growing.

Photos by Shaunae Teske // Top: Charlotte Russe | Jeans: Levi’s | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Choker: American Eagle | Booties: Charlotte Russe | Fringe Bag: Unknown

What tips do you have for protecting your hair against the summer heat? I’d love to read in the comments below!

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