Choose strong hair bands. Summer heat practically demands we throw our hair back, and a ponytail with no part can even protect the scalp from exposure to the sun. The problem is that pulling it too tight can cause hair to break – or just "snap the hair off," as Patterson says, particularly if it's already dry. Pulling your hair back when it's wet is even more damaging. Aim for loose buns and ponytails, and let your hair down before going to sleep at night. Alternate the way you put it up, too – tie it low one day, high another and to the side the next. That way, you're not always stressing the same strands.
Wear a hat – or something cuter. It's one of the best ways to protect your hair from the sun's rays. And if that baseball cap is killing your look? Get a turban. Patterson just spent a month in Sweden and says they're all the rage. "I guarantee it's going to pop up over here," he says. "Cool, printed turbans are very fashion forward, and they make you look effortless and chic." You could also opt for a scarf, a wide-brim floppy hat or a cowboy hat. Keep in mind that the sun can shine through certain straw hats, so it's still smart to wear a protective product underneath.