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Summer is finally here, and I know your calendar is filling up with all kinds of fun activities. The many vacations, beach days with girls, and more can take a toll on your hair, and we do not want to sacrifice our healthy tresses for a good time.

So I’ve found everything you will need to keep your hair on fleek in the summer heat.

I love the feeling of the sun glistening on my skin as I relax outdoors, preferably with a tropical drink in hand. But we all know we have to use something to block the harmful rays. Well, the same goes for your hair. So many women just let the sunlight pour down on them for hours with no kind of protection on their locks. There are plenty of things you can use to prevent this from happening.

Here is your go-to list of summertime essentials for both relaxed and natural hair.

Hats are always a great way to protect yourself from the heat. I know that hats aren’t always a natural girl’s best friend, but I found something that would even work for you, as well as relaxed hair. Hats can have harsh materials that rub against your hair and soak up moisture, which can in turn cause hair damage and/or breakage. But these beauties from Natural Born Hats will make sure you have fun in the sun, while your hair is protected in style.

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Protective styles are very popular for the summer because who wants to spend time on a beautiful summer day inside doing hair. Whether you weave it, twist it, braid it, or crochet it, these Carol’s Daughter products are sure to keep your hair healthy, happy, and make your protective style last a little longer.

Leave-In conditioner is not just to keep your hair moisturized. It should be your second favorite product next to your sunscreen for the summer. Leave-in conditioner is a great way to put a shield over your strands while swimming, especially in pools with harmful chemicals. For my natural girls, you want to use more leave-in than you usually apply on the days you plan to be in the water. Cantu‘s leave-in conditioner is a product to have in your hair line-up, especially in the summer heat.

Growing up as a Black girl, on a hot summer day at the pool, we have all had experiences with the swim cap. More times than not, we struggled to fit all of our extravagant hairstyles under those tiny plastic caps. Well, not anymore because the swim caps from Lock Journey are solving this problem by offering your hair full protection from the water in a variety of sizes.

Recovering after a day out in the sun can be a long process. Here are some things that you can add to your routine without taking up too much of your time. Amika‘s Triple Rx Conditioner is a must-have when trying to revitalize your hair after all the crazy activities of the summer. Also, to detangle your hair after a day of swimming or any other water activities, I suggest you use the amazing Tangle Teezer brush. These two products together are like Batman and Robin tag-teaming any dryness and tangles you might face this summer.

Lastly, if you are going to fight through the heat to create an amazing hairstyle, you want it to last as long as possible. So you’ve got to have this amazing product to protect your hair from nature’s elements. Amika’s The Shield Style Extending Spray will definitely extend the life of your summer styles.

Whether you are going to sit poolside sipping an ice-cold margarita or you are diving headfirst into the water to cool off, these summertime hair essentials will get you right.

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Instagram

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