Tame the frizzies
The difference between smooth locks and fuzzy ones is a matter of choosing the right products and knowing the best way to use your blow-dryer.
Add moisture. Your hair turns into a ball of frizz when parched tresses absorb moisture from the air, so deep condition weekly with an oil treatment such as Motions Marula Natural Therapy Strengthening Thermal oil treatment ($7; at mass retailers). Distribute it evenly into dry hair, put on a plastic shower cap and apply heat with a dryer to activate the conditioners.
Seal the cuticle. Stop humidity from penetrating locks with a frizz-fighting serum with silicone, such as Sebastian Professional Liquid Gloss ($17; sebastianprofessional.com). If you have fine, thin strands, use a lightweight cream like Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz cream ($3; at mass retailers).
Dry with care. How you handle wet hair plays a big role in how it looks when it’s dry. For sleek, straight strands, use a nozzle on your dryer and direct air down toward ends to help cuticles lay flat. To keep curls smooth, twist sections around fingers, then let them air-dry completely, says Pantene Pro-V celebrity stylist Hallie Bowman.
Combat salt and chlorine
Everything you like about summertime―the pool, the ocean and the sun―can wreak havoc on your hair. Learn to fight back.
Get a heat treatment. Create a barrier between strands and harsh elements by applying a leave-in conditioner like Organix Hydrating Tea Tree Mint
Leave-in Moisture Mist ($7; at mass retailers), says Aussie celebrity stylist Sarah Potempa. “Part hair down the middle and
pull it back into a tight pony or bun,” says Bowman. “It’ll look wet and shiny―and chic!”
Repair damage. The high chlorine content in pools strips hair of protective oils, and the ocean’s saltwater draws out moisture, says Bowman. Rehydrate with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner like VitaminShampoo Hydrating Noni Berry Lemongrass shampoo and conditioner ($7; at mass retailers).
Deep clean. Chlorine and saltwater buildup can leave tresses dry and dull, so rinse away residue with a cleansing shampoo like Pantene Pro-V Clarifying shampoo ($4; at mass retailers). Look for key words such as “clarifying,” “balancing” or “anti-residue.”
Protect your hue
If you love your hair color and want to keep it that way, treat it right.
Shield it. Regular shampoos can cause fading, so instead cleanse with a mild, sulfate-free formula for color-treated hair. When you’re
out in the sun, shield your
hair with a UV-protecting spray or cream. Try L’Oréal EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care volume shampoo ($7; at mass retailers), which has UV filters, too.
Boost color. Revive your hue with an at-home tinted glaze such as John Frieda Collection Luminous Color glaze ($10; at mass retailers). You’ll see an increase in shine after only one use.
Condition, condition, condition. Because color fades faster on damaged strands (hair is driest from ear-level down), use a restorative hair mask once a week like Garnier Fructis Color Shield Fortifying Deep Conditioner Three Minute mask ($6; at mass retailers).
Add va-va volume
Humidity and sweat can weigh down your hair. Here are some ways to make the most of what you’ve got―whether it’s straight or wavy.
Get a clean start. Begin with a volumizing shampoo such as Nature’s Gate Organics Grapefruit & Wild Ginger shampoo ($8; at health and natural food retailers). It will get rid of residue that drags your hair down and help thicken each strand before you add styling products.
Lay off the heavy stuff. Piling on mousse, gel and hairspray one after the other will deflate volume. Use just one styler like Got2B Fat-Tastic Thickening Plumping mousse ($6; at mass retailers). Rub a large dollop through towel-dried hair, coating strands from root to tip. Avoid product buildup by using a clarifying shampoo once a week.
Lift roots. Divide hair into sections, then set in Velcro rollers. Let it air-dry (which can take up to an hour if your hair is thick) or speed up the process with a dryer on medium heat. Use with an antihumidity hairspray like Samy Professional Fast Style Designing Mist ($15; at Walgreens) before removing rollers.