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Summer hair could be a disaster unless you know how to manage it. Chlorine exposure during pool time, salt water contact on beach trips, and UV rays from the sun all add up and take a toll on hair. The effects generally result in dried out hair, split ends, or faded color (if you use hair colorants). Fortunately, a few simple products and accessories can be added to your summer hair care arsenal to make this season your hair’s favorite:

summer hair

Sun and salt water can damage hair, but there are ways to restore it.

  1. Hair oils. The 80s had hair spray, the 90s had hair gel, and contemporary times have brought us a variety of hair oils. Hair oils help nourish hair without leaving a greasy texture. Generally the best way to apply Moroccan oil or argan oil is to start at the ends. This usually moisturizes and protects the ends from splitting and minimizes a frizzy appearance. Limiting exposure to just the ends or the middle of hair and avoiding the scalp can help prevent a greasy or flat result. Sun Bum Shine On (which we were happy to learn is now available at Nordstrom), is a paraben-free blend of argan and almond oils sourced from products in the United States, and offers UV defense and color protection.
  2. Dry shampoo. If you don’t live close to the beach and spend time at the coast via day trips, or take advantage of summer weather for camping where showers are not readily accessible, a dry shampoo might be your summer savior. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo is a popular water-free styling choice that offers a salon formula blend. Dry shampoos are formulated for use without water. They absorb oils, add volume, and blend with your natural hair color.

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    Decorate your hat with beach treasures for a personalized souvenir.

  3. Headbands and hats. If you don’t have space to store products on your summer travels – wear accessories to protect your hair. Bohemian headbands can help you stay trendy and protect your hair at the same time. Wideband headbands adorned with seashells, feathers, and other boho embellishments can help shield your hair and scalp from UV exposure. You can memorialize your trips by adorning a headband or wide-brimmed hat with found objects from the beach: shells, faded sea glass, sparking stones. These are simple to add with a hot glue gun after your trip.

Summer Beauty Prep Time

summer beauty

Streamline your tan and protect your hair this summer.

Now that Memorial Day has passed and marked the start of the early summer season, we gathered helpful summer beauty routines and featured them on the Asher Marie Collection blog. From affordable mobile tanning options that can cater to parties in your home, to deep conditioning hair treatments that minimize sun, salt, and chlorine damage – we covered all the necessary basics. Check out Summer Beauty Prep to read about them all.

Has Spring Really Sprung? Anticipate Summer with Vacation Planning

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Don’t wait until summer to book your summer getaway.

Some travelers don’t start to think about summer vacation destinations until it warms up substantially, however, most beach houses and condos are already booked for June, July and August. If you want a place on the beach in the middle of the summer, start looking now to see what remains. A benefit to booking early: It’s the off-season so many sites have not yet inflated rates.

Waiting to book your travels is risky, but summer vacations themselves have risks, like hurricanes.

Solution? Travel insurance.

Most travel insurance premiums cost approximately $100, a fair fee when you consider the hundreds or thousands of dollars you may spend on the overall trip. Not all travel insurance policies are the same though. Some premiums provide a refund in the event of a storm or illness. On our trip to California last year my in-law needed to be hospitalized. This added extra days onto our trip, additional lodging costs, amended airfare plans and fees. However, if my husband’s job gets in the way—unfortunately there’s no insurance for that.

Another solution? Travel away from hurricane-prone areas. The entire eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast are generally prime targets for summer hurricanes. Granted, even if your travels are to the Pacific Northwest—or to Napa like one of our summer travels last year—hurricanes could affect flight patterns elsewhere and your trip could still be hindered.

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Exploring Florida beaches as a family means proper planning for our toddler’s plane trip.

Aside from weather, illness, and the typical vacation-downers – how can you have a pleasant travel experience with a toddler? Check out my earlier post on traveling with toddlers on planes for a few activities and planning tips. If your toddler is into trains, Amtrak allows two children ages 2-12 to receive a 50% discount on the lowest available adult fare with each fare-paying adult. (Kids under 2 are free!)

Costa Rica rental

A private family-friendly Costa Rica rental we enjoyed greatly!

Looking for a family-friendly place to stay, one that has laundry accommodations, privacy, and plenty of room for little ones to play? Check out our post on different ways to book travel for finding the right summer vacation rental property.