Summer Hair Tips

Protecting healthy locks and tresses from the ravishing effects of sun, salt and chlorine need not put a crimp in your enjoyment of all things Summer. As Becca points out here, following a few easy steps will give your hair that little extra TLC to keep it looking fabulous.

Nothing will fade your beautiful hair color faster than the sun, salt and pool chemicals. During peak hours, it’s always a good idea to keep hair (and your scalp, for that matter) covered with a hat, scarf and, for committed swimmers, a swim cap. Wearing your hair in a braid, knot, bun or ponytail can be cute or chic and will also provide extra cover from harsh midday rays.

At the pool or beach, wet your hair with regular tap water + leave-in conditioner to keep it from absorbing excess chlorinated or salt water. Think of your hair as a sponge: the more it is filled with good liquid the less it will absorb the “bad” moisture.

After exposure to chlorine or salt water, be sure to rinse hair thoroughly and condition with leave-in conditioner. Good leave-ins are Kevin Murphy Staying Alive Leave-In Treatment for fine/normal hair and Leave-In Luxury Conditioner for normal/coarse hair.

Problem solvers & styling tips for holding your style in Georgia’s heat. A big part of getting your style to hold in the heat and humidity is using effective products. Here are several combinations that work well.

For fine/delicate hair, a typical issue tends to be hair going limp in the heat. Light gels and sprays can help encourage the hair to hold its style. Favorite products: Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity Volumizer Gel and Heated Defence Heat Protecting Volumizing Spray; Sahag 3-D Special Effects Gel, Air Lift Volumizing Spray and Air Power Aerosol Spray; L’Oréal Volume Expand Root Lift Spray, Volume Élévation, and Infinium 2 or 3 Spray.

Medium thick /slightly wavy hair deals with issues associated with style hold and frizz control. Layering products helps with these multiple issues. Favorite product combos: Kevin Murphy Body Guard Leave-In Hydrating Lotion + Easy Rider Anti-Frizz Crème; Sahag No Frizz Spray Gel + Revitalizing Shine Drops; Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream + Intense Curl Cream.

Curly hair deals with frizz, dryness and control issues. Mixing and layering of products is advised. For fine textured hair, try Kevin Murphy Anti-Gravity Volumizer Gel + Motion Lotion Curl Enhancing Lotion or L’Oréal Sublime Twist (a texture enhancing spray gel) + No Frizz Shine Drops. For medium/coarse hair, try Kevin Murphy Motion Lotion Curl Enhancing Lotion paired with either Easy Rider Anti-Frizz Crème or Leave-In Luxury Conditioner. Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream + Intense Curl Cream should also work well.

To blow out curl, the following products should do the trick: Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream + Intense Curl Cream; Kevin Murphy Easy Rider Anti-Frizz Crème; L’Oréal Smooth Ultime.

Try skipping the heat appliances and let you hair air dry. For curly hair, remember to rinse with cool water as it closes the hair cuticle and helps smooth the hair. Work a small amount of de-frizz serum from roots to end, twirl sections of hair around your fingers and let air dry. For straight hair, brush into a high pony tail and leave it alone until it’s dry. When you take it out, violà – soft, smooth waves.

If you’re attached to your blow dryer and can’t give it up, use a leave-in conditioner designed to protect against dryer heat and blow dry on high; exposing your hair to heat for a shorter period of time is actually better.