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Sunshine, swimming and sweat – three main stays of summer. But did you know they can all damage your hair and scalp? Don’t worry – here’s how to make sure you can still enjoy the best of summer and do it with great-looking hair too!

Deal with sweat quickly
We sweat all year round of course, but it tends to be heavier in summer, whether it’s simply being outside in the sun or doing more exercise.

Heat and sweat are not good for the scalp, either. They create the perfect warm, moist environment for microbes on your scalp to thrive.

If you suffer from dandruff, that’s an issue as it’s these microbes that cause irritation and flakes as they breakdown oils on your scalp into potentially irritating substances.

More about the causes of dandruff

Careful with that sun hat
The sun’s UV rays can damage your hair and scalp, and are a particular problem if you have thin hair, as the exposed part of the scalp can easily become burned.

One potential solution is to apply non-greasy sun screen directly to the scalp – place a little on just the tips of your fingers and lightly apply to areas of visible scalp, like your part line. Many people choose to skip the sun screen and wear a sun hat to protect their hair and scalp.

But be careful – beneath your hat you’ll be creating a microclimate that’s perfect for dandruff-causing microbes. As you sweat and your head heats up, these microbes can thrive and, once again, cause a dandruff flare-up.

So if you prefer to wear a hat, make sure you choose an anti-dandruff shampoo to keep dandruff away.

Get your smooth look back quickly
Whether your hair is damaged by UV rays or by chlorinated water from a swimming pool, you can restore a smooth, silky look quickly with the right shampoo.

Choose a high-conditioning shampoo like Damage Rescue – it contains extra moisturisers that help to condition your hair and make it smooth again so it’s great for restoring a healthy look to damaged hair.

Plus, it’s an anti-dandruff shampoo. While heat and sweat might put you at risk of a dandruff flare-up, when you use Head &Shoulders regularly, you’ll be treating dandruff and helping to keep it away too for a flake-free summer¹.

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¹ visible flakes with regular use