Few things in life are better than soaking up the summer sun, but those scorching temperatures can lead to dry, damaged strands. We’re sharing some easy hair tips and tricks for keeping your locks looking their best all season long.

8 Best Hair Care Tips for Summer

Try the following hair care tips for the summer hair of your dreams:

1. Apply conditioner before you shampoo.

One of the best hair care tips for summer comes down to the order in which you use your products. Add moisture and shine without weighing your hair down by applying conditioner before lathering up with shampoo. Concentrate the conditioner on the ends of your hair and working your way up, stopping around ear level. Be sure to avoid the root area, which tends to be the greasiest section.

2. Use heat protectant as needed.

If your summer hair-care routine involves a lot of blow-drying and heat styling, then heat protectant is an absolute must-have. Apply a multi-use styling spray formulated to protect hair from heat-styling damage before using a blow dryer or hot tools to stop breakage in its tracks.

3. Show your scalp some love.

Here’s one of our favorite healthy hair tips: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into your favorite shampoo to help remove product buildup and excess hair oil along your scalp. While you’re at it, massage some jojoba oil directly onto your scalp for extra moisturization.

4. Give your tresses a lukewarm rinse.

Hot showers may feel amazing, but rinsing hair with cool or lukewarm water instead is a great way to boost your shine. Hot water actually strips the hair of its essential oils, which can leave you with frizzy strands and a dry, itchy scalp.

5. Add jojoba oil to the ends of your hair.

Is your summer hair misbehaving with frizz and split ends? Jojoba oil can help seal the hair cuticle and tame your mane. Simply apply some to the ends of your hair before you hit the pool or beach to help protect it against the sun’s harsh rays.

6. Eliminate oil with tea tree oil shampoo.

The root cause of oily hair is an oily scalp — pun intended. Fortunately, tea tree oil is one of Mother Nature’s best cure-alls for hair that’s prone to greasiness. Just massage a tea tree oil shampoo onto your hair and scalp, and leave it on for five minutes or so before applying conditioner to the ends of the hair only.

7. Skip the shower.

Okay, don’t skip showers altogether. But washing your hair each and every day can strip your tresses of their natural oils. Try washing your hair every other day instead to keep your locks looking and feeling their best.

8. Deep condition once per week.

Indulging in a conditioning treatment once a week is a great way to pamper your hair while you unwind. We suggest shampooing as usual and applying a quarter-sized amount of jojoba oil to your hair while it’s still wet. Allow it to penetrate your locks for five to 10 minutes, and then rinse your hair with lukewarm water.