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How to Get Your Hair Summer-Ready
You may have your summer wardrobe ready to go, but what about your hair? Preparing your locks for this sunny season is essential. From choosing a new look to protecting your tresses from potential damage, we’ll take you through the 5 steps to getting your hair summer-ready.
1. Ditch the Damage
Before summer starts, get a haircut- even if it’s just to trim your ends. While split ends might go unnoticed during a dreary winter, the summer sun will shine some light- literally- on damaged hair. Plus, you’ll feel fresh, clean, and ready to take on the world!
2. Brighten Up
If you’ve always wanted to get your hair highlighted, summer is the season to bite the bullet! Make sure you ask your stylist for natural-looking color, and ask for several colors- not just one. Bleach blonde highlights don’t look good on many people; try a combination of caramels and golds for a sunkissed look.
3. Pick Some Products
If your freshy-straightened hair becomes an afro after just a few minutes in the humidity, you’re going to need a product that can tame those curls! There are plenty of effective and affordable anti-frizz creams, sprays, and serums, so pick one up and apply some before you head outside. Also, keep in mind that going to the beach, being out in the sun, or taking a dip in the pool all can result in damaged hair. Salt from sea water, chlorine from pool water, and sunshine all lead to dull and dried-out hair. To repair your tresses, use an intense moisturizing conditioner or leave-in conditioner.
4. Style for Summer
Soft, beachy waves and country-chic braids are big this season, as they’re effortless but elegant. Try different styles and see which works for you! Click here to read about 4 cute everyday hairstyles you should try this summer!
Summer is the season for fun, flirty hair accessories, from feather hair extensions to colorful scarves. Investing in some fashionable hats will not only make you stand out in the crowd, but it will also protect your hair and face from sun damage. A floppy straw hat is perfect for the beach, while a panama hat can dress up a cute summer outfit. If you’re not big on hats, tie a colorful scarf around your hair- this option is also handy on bad hair days!
How to Save Your Hair from Summer’s Side Effects
With the onset of summer vacation, we’re all looking forward to lazy days by the pool, backyard BBQs, trips to the beach and other fun in the sun. Of course you’ll need to lather on the SPF to save your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, but this summer, be sure to give your hair some extra TLC as well. Too often, as summer comes to a close, I help hair recover from damage that could have been avoided with some simple steps.
Before taking a dip in the pool or wading into the ocean, pre-moisten your hair with distilled water. Since hair is naturally porous, it will automatically absorb the water that you dive into, but also absorb any chemicals or bacteria as well. Taking a few seconds to infuse those pores with clean water molecules, you can lessen the chance of chlorine, sea salt and bacteria getting in and causing damage.
Masque Your Mane
Try to stop by the salon once a week for a cleansing hair masque. If your schedule is too busy for a visit, pick one up to use at home, such as Je Veux’s Nourishing Mask, which enriches hair follicles with nutrients from root to scalp. Elasticity and vitality are added to the hair, preventing breakage and other damage from the products and the elements. For those with highlights and color treatments, masques can also aid in the prevention of color fade that is often accelerated by time spent in the sun, pool and ocean. With organic lines such as Je Veux, all natural products are used such as Moroccan Argan oil, Dead Sea minerals and Indian Neem Oil, so that hair is not weighed down by chemical additives.
Another organic line is Italy’s Davines. The Well Being De Stress Be-Phase Shelter Spray can be used to hydrate and moisturize both hair and skin, leaving them soft and silky. Wheat proteins moisturize and condition while UV filters shield against pollution, salt water, chlorine and sun. Over time, tresses will benefit from a reduction in breakage as well. With benefits for both skin and hair, this is an ideal item to keep in one’s beach bag.
Save the Salon for After the Sand
Want to extend the life of your highlights and color? Plan your trip for post beach bumming. If you stop by before your vacation, the sand, salt and sun will shorten the life of the color treatments, so that you’ll be seeing roots grow out faster than you might expect. For longer lasting color – and for a mini vacation from your vacation, book your appointment for after your return.
While rubber bands and elastics might be necessary for the gym, try to avoid them as accessories. For an afternoon in the sun, choose a cute visor to keep hair out of your eyes. From feathers and rhinestones to grosgrain and tortoise shell, there’s a style of headband to coordinate with any outfit. These fashionable accessories will provide much less wear on your hair than elastics, which increase the chances of breakage. So, you can keep both your hair and your fashion palate healthy this summer.
So save your hair from the wear and tear this summer. With some extra care, you’ll find yourself with luscious locks at summer’s end instead of a distressed do!
This article was written and published with permission by Bill Murphy, founder of William David Salon.
6 Tips for Sexy Summer Hair
Score yourself some sexy summer hair without letting the warm weather have its way with you. It’s easy to let frizz and other products weigh your tresses down, but we’ve got exactly what your locks need to look cool and casual all summer long!
1. Pump It – Warm weather can bring out the best and worst in wavy hair. Frizz can be a major deterrent to letting your hair breathe, but trust us, it’s much better than flat-ironing it down. Add some volume—without the frizz—by using a mousse to give your hair some body. If your hair is on the short side, use wax to bring out your curls.
2. Life’s a Beach – Taking a trip to the beach or the local swimming pool can be a blast when the sun is sizzling. Unfortunately, your hair doesn’t benefit from the chlorine at all. After you’ve gotten in those laps, use a detangling spray on your hair and comb through it using a wide-tooth brush. Your knots will be undone and you won’t have to worry about root breakage.
3. Body Guard – There are tons of fun activities you can do during the summer, from running on a trail to having a cozy picnic! Just make sure that you take good care of your hair when you’re outside. You don’t have to go as far as wearing a hat, just use a UV protectant spray right before you get out in the sun. It’ll help your hair color look beautiful and bold and prevent fading.
4. Other Ways to Get Curl – It’s best to avoid styling tools as much as possible during the summer. They can damage your hair fairly easily, and that type of damage is hard to miss. If you’ve got straight hair, but still crave summer waves, skip the curling iron and braid your hair instead. Sleep on the ‘do and untie them in the morning to find sultry, stylish waves.
5. Try a Hair Mask – You don’t have to visit a spa to treat your hair like gold. Just make your own budget-friendly hair mask at home. Try our recipe for a Fruit Smoothie Hair Mask here! All the naturally creamy, fatty oils in these fruits seep into your hair for a moisturizing effect.
6. Squeaky Clean – Even though we’re only supposed to shampoo and condition our hair once every couple days, you better be sure that you’re getting all the grime out during that shower session. Sand, dirt and other particles often find their way into our hair follicles during the summer because we’re constantly outside. Try using this Hair Build-Up Remover.
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