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Summer is finally here, and while it brings plenty of opportunities to show off your new ‘do, it also brings with it a whole host of potential problems to deal with. From sun damage to dealing with sea salt to just the hassle of not being able to cover up your hair with a nice wool hat when you don’t feel like dealing with it (though you can always give one of our five favorite summer hats a try!), summer can seem like a massive hair-ache sometimes.

Don’t fret, though. We have some fantastic ideas for DIY summer hair care products that will keep you looking your best no matter what the weather throws your way. Read on for our favorite DIY summer hair care tips and products.

DIY Hair Sun Protection

The summer sun can be a cruel friend to uncovered hair. Sure, you might look great with the rays glistening on your locks, but you won’t feel so hot a few days later when sun damage causes massive dryness, frizz, and split ends.

The most comprehensive solution is to cover your hair with a sun hat, but for the days when you want it all to blow gently in the breeze, try a homemade hair mist with sun protection. This spray is simple to make – combine 5 – 10 drops of grapeseed oil in a half cup of water, and add a little dash of fresh-squeezed grape juice (don’t forget to remove the peels!). Mix all together and keep in a little handy spray-bottle to apply whenever fun in the sun is in store.

Homemade Dry Shampoo

Summers are made for long days and longer nights. Unfortunately, that often means no time to stop home for a shower and condition between the office and that amazing outdoor concert you just have to see. Add in the heat and humidity, and your hair could be looking less than perfect by the time you’re ready to head over to post-concert drinks.

Dry shampoo is a life-saver in these situations. It’ll help your hair look gorgeous, even when you don’t have time to even think about giving it a good rinse. It’s also incredibly simple to make at home. Blondes have it the easiest – just use some corn starch! For brunettes, you might need to mix in a little cocoa powder (try a 1:1 ratio) to keep it from lightening your hair too much. Carry it around in an old makeup tin, and buff into the roots with a makeup brush for fresh, beautiful hair on the go.

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