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Let your natural waves shine while you splash under the sun.

By Maddy Zollo
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Ladies blessed with naturally wavy or curly locks likely know that their hair has a mind of its own. This is especially the case when you throw heat, humidity, and salty ocean air into the mix. The best way to prevent your mane from becoming a hot, frizzy mess? Bring your coil-taming products on vacation, too. Check out these three items you shouldn’t leave home without.

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A Leave-In Conditioner

Every curly girl needs a good leave-in conditioner. Before heading to the beach, apply one like my Green Apple & Aloe Nutrition Leave in Conditioner to give tresses intense hydration before spending hours in the sun,” explains Taliah Waajid, a fellow curly girl, natural hair expert, and founder of her eponymous brand of hair care. Use a head scarf or hat in addition to your leave-in formula to prevent strands from getting damaged by the UV rays while you’re lounging in the sun.

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A Lightweight Styling Product

Look for something that gives your curls definition and hydration such as the Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer. For an added bonus, make sure your styler prevents frizz and flyaways, too.

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A Deep Conditioning Treatment

“Post-beach, definitely pay attention to how your hair looks and feels,” says Waajid. “If your hair is feeling a bit dry, use a conditioning treatment to replenish hair.”

A nourishing mask helps restore any moisture lost due to the saltwater and chlorine. After the deep-conditioning treatment, pile on another layer of hydration by applying your leave-in conditioner again.