Simple Summer Hair: 9 Tips
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Simple Summer Hair: 9 Tips

The season shouldn't wreak havoc on your tresses. Check out our day-to-night beat-the-heat guide to effortlessly gorgeous summer hair.

Summer Hair Tips 1-3

1. Condition on the go.

If you're spending the day outdoors, run a dollop of conditioner through damp hair and let the heat help it penetrate, says Hiro Haraguchi of the eponymous salon in New York City. Try Redken UV Rescue Shimmer Defense Daily Care Protective Lotion ($14.95, for salon locations), which contains a UV filter for added protection.

2. Don't fall flat.

High temps making strands stick to your scalp? Sprinkle roots with a dry shampoo (such as Oscar Blandi Pronto, $18, It soaks up dirt and oil for foolproof volume all day, says Gina Bertolotti, senior stylist at Oscar Blandi Salon in New York City.

3. Ditch the blow-dryer.

Skip using heat and rely on a super-absorbent towel (like the Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel, $18, to remove moisture, says Kattia Solano, founder of the Butterfly Studio salon in New York City.

Try It! Apply a gel, part on one side, then gather a ponytail, twisting until hair wraps into a loose bun. Secure with hairpins.


Protect Color, Tips 4-6

4. Keep hair from turning brassy.

Cover it with a head scarf, suggests Zane, colorist at the Hiro Haraguchi Salon in New York City. A swath of lightweight fabric (we love those by Banana Republic, $38, will keep you much cooler than a baseball cap.

5. Coat strands.

Smooth on a silicone-based serum (like Dove Smoothing Frizz Control Anti-Frizz Cream for Normal to Slightly Dry Hair, $3.99, drugstores), going from roots to ends. It protects cuticles, preventing rays from fading color, says Rita Hazan, owner of the Rita Hazan salon in New York City.

6. Rinse like crazy.

Douse hair in fresh water soon after you swim to remove color faders like salt from the sea or, worse, chlorine from the pool. (Bottled water works in a pinch.)


Save Your Hair Style, Tips 7-9

7. Get beachy waves.

Even if you're landlocked, you can create surfer-girl locks. Here's how, from Steven Dillon of the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City: Spritz damp hair with hair spray, then twist sections around your fingers horizontally, away from your scalp.

8. Dress up a pony.

With a wide-toothed comb, tease the front part of your hair about 3 inches off your forehead to give it lift, then secure in the middle of the back of your head, says Bertolotti.

9. Channel your inner goddess.

If you have curly hair, your best bet is a half-up, half-down style, says Evelyn Calderon, artistic director of the Butterfly Studio salon. Apply a light-hold styling cream, then take about 2 inches of hair from above each temple and twist them back, fastening with clips.

Try it! Run a drop of styling cream from roots to ends, then place a wide, soft headband at the crown.


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2007.