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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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7 Easy Hairstyles to Save a Bad Hair Day

7 Easy Hairstyles to Save a Bad Hair Day

June 20, 2022

Bad hair days. We’ve all been there (and will certainly be there again). There are days when your hair just won’t cooperate, you don’t have time to deal with it, or humidity and sweat simply get in the way. Those are the days when an easy hairstyle is your saving grace. Best of all, these simple hairstyles will save a bad hair day, no matter your hair type, texture or length. The short of it is this: Get your hair tied up to teach it a lesson. But this doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing your personal style! In fact, any of these hairstyles can be tweaked for a look that’s all your own. Keep reading for some cute and functional hairstyles to save a bad hair day.

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10 Summer Habits That Can Cause Hair Loss

10 Summer Habits That Can Cause Hair Loss

June 17, 2022

We know that our hair needs more TLC in the summer, but we might not realize that we're doing small things that can have major consequences for our hair! Little habits like sleeping with wet hair, wearing our sunglasses on our head, and letting our hair air-dry in the sun can damage our hair, leading to breakage and even hair loss.

Read on to learn more about 10 summer habits that can damage our hair and how to prevent breakage and hair loss from each one!

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How to Hydrate Your Dry Hair in the Summer Heat

How to Hydrate Your Dry Hair in the Summer Heat

June 15, 2022

The height of summer means the hottest days of the year, and depending on where you live, those days could be full of humidity or as dry as the desert. But either way, summer means more sweat, and more sweat usually means extra showers.


So whether you mean to or not, if you have a habit of washing your hair every time you shower, there’s a good chance your extra showers are actually depleting your scalp of healthy oils and leaving your hair feeling dry and brittle.


Summertime also means you’re likely to find yourself relaxing by the pool or at the beach. The sun, chlorine and saltwater you’ll undoubtedly encounter will all play a part in creating your dry summer hair. Learning to be proactive and protect your hair from dehydration isn’t so different from surviving summer when you have thinning hair. Remember that natural oils are healthy and swim caps can save you from a headache later on down the road.

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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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Better Not Younger features a woman with long gray hair outdoors during summer.

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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