Last year, celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen gave us a tip to use heat protectant on our hair when we’re going to be in extremely warm weather. We think about this when we go to apply a hot tool to our tresses, but tend to overlook this even though our hair spends days upon days in the blazing sun during the summer. We don’t forget about that all-important holding spray for styling, but we also need that product to protect against sun and heat damage. That New Orleans heat will be no joke during Essence Festival, and not everyone wants to wear braids or another protective style.

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For those who want to let their strands roam free, especially if you just got a cute new summer cut, don’t forget to use protection. We’ve added to our list of recommended heat protectants so you can enjoy Festival without worrying about frying your mane in the sun, and keep your hair healthy whenever styling it with additional heat.

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