The lazy days of summer have finally gotten into full swing. Before you get too lax with your routine, remember that it’s important to pay attention to your hair so your tresses don’t incur extra stresses from the heat and sun during this swimsuit season.

To help you maintain your mane, I want to share these five essential summer haircare tips:

Spray Your Strands with SPF. There’s no better skincare ingredient than sunscreen when you’re out in the sun. The same goes for your hair. Your strands can become dry, distressed, and faded if they’re exposed to the elements without protection. Arm yourself against UV damage by spraying your strands with SPF before you leave the house.
Condition Your Crown. Finding it hard to find time to condition between work and play? Do some poolside pampering while protecting your tresses by coating your hair with a deep-conditioning mask before you hit the lounge chair. Comb the product evenly through your hair, then pull it into a bun on top of your head. The added layer of protection will help ward off UV rays, chlorine, salt, and sun damage without removing any of your relaxation time.
Get Your Egg On! The food you eat affects your entire body, and your hair is no exception. Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to create happy and healthy hair. Seek out smooth and shiny strands by adding eggs, spinach, salmon, and avocados to your everyday diet.
Avoid the Alcohol. Sure, you can have a cocktail or two at the pool, but avoid beauty products that contain alcohol and ethanol, as they’re likely to dry your hair out and leave it susceptible to damage.
Go Natural. Heat-styling can make even the healthiest of hair unhappy when it’s hot out. Retire your flatiron and hairdryer in favor of beach-inspired waves or natural curls. Go for organic products that can tame your mane and keep the frizz at bay without putting unwanted ingredients in your way.

How do you keep your hair and skin healthy in the summer? Share your secrets in the comment section!