Much like your skin, the sun can do major damage to your hair. “Without proper protection, your hair can turn up to two shades lighter and become dry, porous and frizzy by the end of summer,” says Susanne Shepard Post, owner of Shine The Salon. To help you beat summer hair woes, we talked to Susanne and other local experts to bring you the best tips and tricks. Here’s what they have to offer:
1. Bring on (and keep) the shine!
Brittany Catt, stylist at Paige Simmons Salon, has great advice to protect your hair during the steamy summer months and to help tame the frizz and overcome lifeless hair. To keep your hair from absorbing harsh pool chemicals or ocean water, Brittany says to first, wet your hair and then add a tablespoon of conditioner and comb through before you swim. This will seal the hair cuticle, and keep it from soaking up anything that can damage your hair and its color. It will also make your cut and color last longer.
To give your hair a little extra love in these hotter months, Brittany recommends a shine treatment with each cut or color during the summer, which acts as a “topcoat” to seal in color. She has some favorite products she recommends, as well, from the Davines line, such as the LOVE shampoo, which comes in a smoothing formula or curly formula, both of which add extra moisture to dry, fine hair. She also loves the tinted treatment to refresh the color and create shine. Consider using an at-home hair mask to nourish the hair from heat and sun, and use a shampoo and conditioner with SPF. Lastly, Brittany recommends keeping a haircut schedule of every six weeks during the summer to help keep dry, dead ends at bay.
Check out the before and after photos of a shine treatment at Paige Simmons Salon:
2. Work the waves.
Nashville weather is unpredictable; one minute it’s raining and the next, it’s a raging 90 degrees and humid. Oh wait, it’s always humid. Susanne Shepard Post, of Shine The Salon, recommends working with this crazy, hot weather to bring out the best in your hair. Embrace your hair’s natural texture, and use lots of product to give you a new, wavy, beachy look that only gets better with humidity.
If your hair is wavy or curly and you constantly blow it straight with short-lived results, give your hair a break by embracing its natural texture. Here are Susanne’s step-by-step recommendations to use at home:
1. Use your shampoo and conditioner as normal. Use a shampoo for curly hair, whether your hair is curly or wavy, to add extra moisture. Susanne recommends combing your shampoo and conditioner through your hair in the shower to ensure even distribution.
2. Once out of the shower, instead of wrapping your hair in a towel, use your towel to start scrunching the hair, to release excess moisture. The goal is for the hair to absorb product and water. Proper “scrunching” means balling up your hair in your hand as you move up to the scalp. Make a light fist, then release the hair, being careful to not pull out your work as you remove your hand.
3. Add a styling product and holding gel, and continue scrunching to encourage curl. Susanne recommends Oi/All in One Milk spritz (for added shine and body, frizz control and heat protection) and medium-hold Modeling Gel, both by Davines. Product is very important in creating this wavy style. Too much will make hair stiff; not enough, and the curl won’t hold, leaving you with dry, frizzy hair.
4. Now that your hair is damp after scrunching and the product added, section off the hair and add more modeling gel to each small section. Lightly twist the hair in sections around your head. You can pin up these sections and allow them to air dry, or you can leave them hanging loose. It all depends on the time you have and the wave effect you want to achieve. Play with it to get your favorite end result.
5. Once hair has been properly scrunched or twisted into sections, use a diffuser to dry the hair. Work your sections, starting with diffusing the hair on each side of your head. Once partially dry, flip your head upside down and diffuse the length of the hair, working the diffuser up the hair shaft to the scalp on low to medium heat. You can air dry the last five percent to 15 percent.
6. For around your face, work the curl for lovely face framing. And once done, use hairspray to hold it in place. Don’t be afraid if your hair looks big, as gravity will settle the fullness shortly. And the best part about this style? It gets better with the humidity.
3. Get an extension … on the life of your blowout.
Making a salon blowout last can seem challenging, especially while fighting humidity and protecting your hair from daily shampooing. It doesn’t have to be though. Here, Lee Wright, owner and lead stylist of Style House Salon, offers step-by-step instructions to make your professional blowout last for up to four days. Here’s how:
Day 2: Refresh your blowout by fighting frizz and keeping a smooth look.
1. Separate hair into sections using your fingers, and lightly spray Texture Wave by Shu Uemura on the roots first to give the hair a little lift.
2. Lightly spray throughout the mid-shaft and ends. Resmoothing using the Texture Wave gives hair a little bit of grit to help hold the style.
3. Section the top half of your hair away and secure with a clip.
4. Focus on resmoothing the bottom half of your hair first using a round brush and your blow-dryer.
5. Once you’ve mastered the bottom half, unclip the top half and focus on resmoothing the top of your hair.
Day 3: Catch some waves.
1. Lightly mist the hair with Shu Uemura’s Texture Wave by pulling the hair up and out to mist throughout, as shown in the image below.
2. Clip the top hair section up and out of the way.
3. Using a large barrel curling iron (Lee recommends the Hot Tools 1 1/4-inch), take one-inch to two-inch vertical sections and start curling about two to three inches from your scalp, curling away from your face. *Stylist tip: The more sections you take, the curlier your hair will be. And don’t curl the hair all the way to end for a less styled, more beachy look.
4. Once you’ve curled the bottom half of your hair, drop the top section and repeat the curling pattern. Remember to let your curls cool, and don’t run your fingers through it.
5. After all of your hair is curled, turn your head upside down, shaking the curls out from the root. Spray the hair throughout with short bursts of Texture Wave.
6. For ultimate beach waves and a “just left the beach” piecey look, Lee suggests a spritz of Shu Uemera Liquid Fabric and tousling.
Day 4: One more option to get the most bang for your buck.
- If needed, spray the crown of your head with a little Texture Wave. Using a teasing brush, lightly tease the crown of your head.
- Sweep hair up into a high ponytail. Pull out a few pieces of hair for an effortless look.
- Take a small piece of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the ponytail, securing with a bobby pin.
- Be playful with your pony, making it as tight or loose as you like. Use a bobby pin to tug at the roots for a loose, disheveled look.
Now you have plenty of hair options to beat frizz and make the most of a Southern summer. Happy styling!