Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Same attitude applies to your hair! Whether you want to channel some beachy, bohemian waves, try a lighter color or rock some extensions, hair experts are sharing their favorite warm-weather style tips.
Your summer hair forecast: Lots of airdried, natural-textured styles—wavy, curly or straight, says Tina Dizon, lead stylist and owner of The Private Room Salon in Beverly Hills. “Though hair is worn unstyled, these looks often require a great cut,” she says, suggesting that you add a little frizz control if you need it or beach spray to help amp up texture.
Dizon adds that another trend is the slicked back, wet hair style; it can be easily achieved by using a little water with a lot of strong hold gel to hold the hair away from the face.
Go to the Beach(y Waves)
On the other hand, if you have curly or frizzy hair, you may benefit from a keratin treatment, says NYC hairstylist Lucy Garcia Planck of Bergdoff-Goodman’s John Barrett Salon.
“To achieve the natural wave look in the summer you will need lots of conditioning,” she says. “Using products that are good for natural waves is essential. You can combine it with a hair mousse first to bring out the natural waves in your hair.”
For natural-looking waves, you want to avoid products and drying techniques that add volume, says independent beauty consultant Claude Baruk. He recommends styling the hair “with a simple center or side part, and then blow-dry as you twirl small sections of hair around your fingers.”
Go Ombre and Metallic
Dizon notes that ombre coloration— in which hair is dyed so that it becomes darker as you go from the roots to the ends—has moved into softer fashion hues: Think shades such as pink, rose, lavender, strawberry, and gold. “Ombre is a great way to wear fashion trends because it offers a more natural option that is also easier to grow out,” she adds.
Think metallics in the hair realm mean bobby pins? Think again.
“I’m seeing a lot of metallics in colors like platinum blondes—almost gray or white in color with high shine,” Dizon says. “I’m also seeing metallic grays and pastels, either in highlight form or all-over color.”
Braids are a great, easy summer hair style that’s made a huge comeback, says celebrity stylist Autumn Markley in Fort Lauderdale. Need some inspiration? Markley suggests looking to celebrities like Gigi Hadid, who has been seen wearing braids as a practical everyday look.
Another summer trend to keep hair pulled back and out of your way is a tight high or low ponytail, says Garcia Planck; use some leave-in conditioner and a little mousse to pull hair tight and away from the face. She suggests tying pieces of hair back behind the ears and fastening with a gold barrette for a clean, stylish look.
Go with Extensions
For tresses that impress, glam things up with extensions, which make your hair look longer while adding body. Your hair type will determine which types of extensions you should get, explains Gina Fox, an extensions specialist at Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa in Montclair, New Jersey.
Bonded, strand-by-strand methods work best for women with extremely fine hair who have a tough time growing their hair past the neck area, Fox says. For clients whose hair isn’t as sparse, a weft tape method can be effective.
If you get extensions, you’ll need to spend some time taking care of them at home to make sure the extensions don’t tangle with your own hair. Detangling the hair each day, especially at the site of attachment, is important; but be sure not to over-brush or brush too aggressively because that can damage the extensions.
“Applying conditioner in the shower is important,” Fox says. “However, slathering on conditioners, keratin treatments or oils is not recommended.”
Also, hair extensions become twice as heavy when they are wet, so you should squeeze as much moisture out of the hair with a towel prior to detangling. While it’s OK to use styling tools like flat or curling irons, be sure not to apply direct heat to the extension bonds because it can loosen them.
Also: Protect Your Head from the Sun
If you’ve got thinning hair, wear a part or have an exposed hairline, find a spray sunscreen that can protect your scalp from the sun’s rays.
Master Barber Arthur Reamir, of Reamir Barber Shop in New York City, suggests wearing a leave-in conditioner that’s free of alcohol, sulfate and sodium chloride when you swim. These conditioners can help with heat protection and prevent color fading.
Tina Dizon also suggests wearing a hat, and, if you plan to go underwater, a swim cap. “The chlorine can ruin color quickly,” she says, adding that modern swim caps allow you to be protected and fashionable at the same time.
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