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You're Probably Making This Huge Mistake While Using Sea Salt Products

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When the summer months finally arrive, your hair care and styling routine normally goes through a major overhaul. You begin to ditch the hot tools and heavy leave-in conditioners for lighter, weightless options. Between weekend getaways and day trips to the beach, time spent creating intricate styles is getting cut short. Over the last several years, just one heat-free styling product has reigned supreme for women looking for quick and effortless beach waves. If you haven’t already guessed it, we’re talking about sea salt spray.

Sea salt products create the perfect mermaid-like waves in no time—without going anywhere near the ocean or breaking out your curling iron. While we love the beauty-boosting benefits of sea salt products, there is one key mistake you’re probably making while using it.

For those who saturate their hair in sea salt products regularly, we have some disappointing news: It could be seriously drying out your strands. For color-treated locks, sea salt can also potentially fade the vibrancy of your hue.

If you think you may be overdoing it with sea salt products, don’t panic. We have a few pro-approved tips to keep your hair feeling moisturized and your hue looking vibrant all summer long. The best part? You don’t have to give up sea salt products completely.

Invest in a moisturizing shampoo.

Planning on styling your hair with sea salt products? Prepping your strands with moisturizing products can be a total lifesaver. We recommend a shampoo and conditioner formulated to help restore moisture like the Matrix Moisture Me Rich system.

Deep condition weekly.

Just about anyone could benefit from a weekly deep conditioning, but we particularly recommend it if sea salt is a major part of your routine. We love the Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Mask to restore softness, shine and suppleness to your mane.

Use color protecting products.

If you’re concerned that sea salt products are stripping the life from your color, having a killer routine of color protecting products on deck is a must. The Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Benefit Leave-In Treatment primes, perfects, and protects while delivering 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair.

Try a sugar spray.

Sea salt products are crowned as the go-to for beachy, heat-free waves, but sugar sprays may soon be stealing the throne. Unlike salt, sugar keeps moisture intact while delivering the same wavy texture. Looking for the perfect sugar spray to add to your arsenal? We recommend trying the Pureology Beach Waves Sugar Spray.

Now that you know what not to do with sea salt products, you’re ready to resume your regular summer styling routine (with a few extra products at hand).

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