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7 Signs You Have Sun-Damaged Hair

7 Signs You Have Sun-Damaged Hair

June 27, 2022

There's nothing like the feeling of the sun on our skin on a warm summer day! Soaking up the sun's vitamin D is good for us. But the sun's effect on our hair? Not so good. The sun's UVA and UVB rays can damage and weaken our hair cuticles, leaving us with hair that is more susceptible to dryness, brittleness and breakage. 

But don't worry—this doesn't mean you have to forgo the sun entirely this summer! 

We dive into exactly how the sun affects our hair, along with the signs of sun-damaged hair to look out for this summer so you can adapt your summer hair-care routine accordingly. Read on to learn more about sun-damaged hair treatments and how to prevent UV hair damage!

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For this article about Pool Water vs. Salt Water: What to Know Before You Dive In, Better Not Younger features a woman on the side of a pool using her cellphone and she is on a yellow towel.

Pool Water vs. Salt Water: What to Know Before You Dive In

June 24, 2022

Swimming is one of our favorite summer pastimes, whether we're at the beach or poolside. Nothing beats cooling off in the water with friends and family on a hot day. 

But what does all of that pool water and salt water do to our hair? Is seawater good for our hair? How can we protect our hair from pool water? 

Salt water and pool water impact our hair in different ways, so it's important to know how each affects your hair. Prepping your locks for a day of swimming—no matter the type of water—will help ensure your hair stays healthy and vibrant! 

Keep reading to learn how to protect your hair from pool water and salt water, along with how each one affects your tresses!

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BNY features a woman with medium lenght brown hair wearing a white hut on a green background to illustrate this article on how to protect hair and scalp from the sun.

How to Protect Your Hair and Scalp from the Sun

June 22, 2022

It's no secret that you should protect your hair from the sun, especially in the summer. Leaving your hair unprotected can lead to damage like brittleness and dryness while also resulting in a scalp burn from the sun. (Our hair isn't as protective of our sensitive scalp skin as we think—and this is especially true if we have thinning hair.) 

This is why it's important to take a two-pronged approach to sun protection for your hair and scalp. This means using sunscreen and a heat protectant along with physical barriers like wide-brimmed hats and umbrellas to block the sun and provide UV protection for your hair and scalp. 

Read on for tips to prevent UV damage to your hair, scalp burn from the sun, and what to do if you're already dealing with a sun-damaged scalp!

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Better Not Younger features a woman whose hair is blown and shiny to illustrate this article about the best practices to air dry your hair.

8 Common Air-Drying Mistakes

June 13, 2022

Showering and heading out the door may feel like a good idea on a busy day, but you don’t want to let your hair air-dry without considering all the ways it can go wrong. Yes, there is a wrong way to air-dry your hair! Common air-drying mistakes can lead to breakage, damage and frizz galore, especially with aging hair that’s already prone to these concerns. Air-drying your hair has tons of benefits and air-drying your hair the right way is easy, once you know how to avoid all the wrong ways. Here’s what you might be doing wrong—so you can start doing it right!

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Pro Solutions to 8 Summer Hair Issues

June 10, 2022

Summer is here, and it's our favorite time of the year! Summer means family vacations, cookouts, pool time and relief from cold weather. 

But even though the warm, sunny days of summer are a welcome reprieve, the impact of summer heat and humidity is a different story! To keep your hair healthy and vibrant all summer long, it's important to tweak your hair-care routine for summer. Just a few changes will have a huge impact on your hair's health this season! 

We put together our definitive list of summer hair issues and exactly how you can prevent them. Read on to learn more about how to kick summer frizz, flat hair, dryness and more to the curb for a summer of gorgeous, healthy hair!

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Must-Have Minis for All Your Summer Escapes

June 08, 2022

Summer is here, and it's travel season! This year, we made your favorite summer hair products available in travel-friendly minis kits that come with stylish bags so you can stay organized on the go! Plus, their compact size means they take up less real estate in your suitcase, and they meet TSA regulations for carry-on luggage! 

Now there's no need to resort to the lower quality hair products hotels often offer—all of your favorite summer hair products are available in minis kits to keep your hair looking healthy, fresh and vibrant no matter where the summer takes you! 

Better Not Younger's summer hair product travel kits were designed to address the unique needs of mature tresses, from curl care to volume-boosting to shine revitalization. Try one that contains your favorite hair products, or grab two to test-drive new additions to your hair-care routine! 

Check out our 5 must-have travel kits packed with our minis for all your summer travels!

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Better Not Younger features a mature woman shampooing her hair.

Should I Wash My Hair More in the Summer?

June 06, 2022

We've all heard that we shouldn't wash our hair daily, but what about when it's hot outside? We're more active outdoors in the summertime, which means more sweat and grease on our scalp. It feels good to take a nice, cool shower after being outside on a hot summer day. But how often should we wash our hair in the summer? 

The answer hinges on a couple of factors. How many times a week you should wash your hair in the summer is dependent on your hair type and your activity levels. If you're doing a lot of high-intensity cardio outdoors, you may need to wash your hair more frequently than someone spending most of her days indoors. 

We put together a guide to help you determine how often you should wash your hair in the summer, along with some pro tips to help you get by between wash days no matter your hair type! Read on to learn more about the ideal shampooing frequency for your hair type and summer activities!

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How to Prep Your Hair for a Day at the Pool

June 03, 2022

We love summer because it's the season for cookouts, vacations and pool parties. The weather is gorgeous, and the overcast, gloomy winter is a distant memory. But those family pool parties can take a toll on our hair, causing it to dry out and even turn green! 

Pool water is rough on our hair because of the chlorine used to kill bacteria in pools. At low levels—like the amount found in tap water—chlorine doesn't really hurt our hair. But at the increased levels found in pools, it's important to protect your hair from chlorine because it strips our hair of its natural oils. This results in frizz and dry, damaged hair. 

So, how can we protect our hair from chlorine while still having fun swimming with our friends and family this summer? Read on for more about how to protect your hair from chlorine and how to prevent your hair from turning green in the pool!

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