Calling all curly-haired crowns! Are you protecting your curls correctly? The "fun in the sun" season can cause serious stress and damage to your spiraled locks.

In need of some customized curl advice? Listen to what leading stylist, Ricky Pennisi, has to say! As the founder of RI CI, a cutting technique and line of products developed to hydrate curls and combat frizz, this curl expert knows all about your hair.

Read up on the top five tips Pennisi has for curly hair that will protect your tresses this summer.

How To Prevent Dryness. Dry, frizzy hair won't hold a curl or style and it can take even longer to dry. "Prevent dry hair by using sulfate-free shampoo and conditions like the RI CI Splash and Drench ($20)," the curl pro suggested. Why? Many shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulfate which can strip the hair of its natural oils to cause dryness and frizz.

 How To Seal In Moisture. Ricky says be sure to Invest in a great conditioner. "My RI CI Drench ($25) can be used as a leave-in conditioner when added to water in a spray bottle," he explained. "In the summer, never leave home without your conditioner. Bring it with you to the pool and beach to give your hair that extra bit of love," the curl guru advised.

 How To Prevent Split Ends. Eliminate the heat! "Heat causes your hair cuticle to split open and creates frizz. If you must blow-dry or use a diffuser, make sure you use a medium setting. It might take a little longer but it's better for your hair," Ricky said.

 How To Prevent Frizz. Ricky says to always apply your styling products immediately after you wash your locks. Once hair starts to dry without products is when the frizz begins to set in.

How To Prevent Flyaways. It is important to touch your hair as little as possible while wet. "Over manipulation of wet hair that's curly or naturally wavy will lead to frizz. Once your hair is completely dry, feel free to manipulate your hair freely," Pennisi explained.

This article was originally published on Fashion Times