You might think of winter as the harshest beauty season, but summer can be a hot mess for your hair. No matter what the challenges are where you live—humidity, rain, dryness—these tips can keep you looking polished.
In Midwestern cities, summer months are some of the wettest. All those damp days can make maintaining any style other than the "wet look" nearly impossible.
• Go easy on mousse, gel and hairspray as they can leave hair feeling sticky or stiff if they get wet. If the forecast calls for rain, opt for a dry shampoo to refresh strands.
• Reset your style. If you have wavy hair and get caught in a shower, use a small amount of curl-reviving cream then retwist sections and air-dry. If you have straight hair, find a bathroom with a hand-dryer and use it to dry your roots.
• Consider the "lob" (long bob). This low-maintenance cut works for all face shapes and hair types and won't weigh you down if it gets wet.
Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Travel-Size Curl Defining Cream, $3; ulta.com. Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $5; at mass retailers