In the summer my own hair loves to do this sexy thing after I work on it for an hour. The second I hit the street, it goes rogue. It doesn’t exactly curl, because that would be too acceptable. It tangles, ripples and spazzes out in an erratic pattern until I have no choice but to form it into a small matted bird’s nest on top. Maybe at home, you look like you’re Beyoncé cresting a mountain with a thousand fans in your face, but then you go outside, and your hair frizzes, falls flat, or sweats weird.
Yep, summer fun can really suck if you don’t have summerproof magic hair. So we talked to Annastasia Konidaris, a senior stylist at Wonderland Beauty Parlor, about how to deal during the sweaty months.
Here are Annastasia’s 8 tips and product recommendations for every one of the summer plagues to make rogue hair more manageable.
1. For Frizz: Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime, $65 at Kerastase-USA
“Dealing with frizzy dry ends during the summer months can be terribly annoying,” she says, but there’s hope. The best plan of attack is to repair hair starting with the inside. If your hair is extremely dry, slap this mask on several times a week — you’re worth it. If it’s not too dry, applying this once a week to keep the moisture levels normal is solid.
2. For Brassy Hair: Gloss Treatment at a Hair Salon, prices vary
Summer can dye your hair colors you didn’t ask for. You’ve been there. Your hair starts looking like you dipped your head into a vat of orange Cheetos dust from all the Chlorine, salt water and the sun washing it out. This isn’t a DIY job, and you’ll need a head doctor for this one. “To refresh lengths, it is best to seek professional help. Ask for a gloss with a hint of color to neutralize brassy tones, and really pump up the shine level.”
3. For a Limp Phase: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo Gentle Radiance Cleanser, $57 at Shu Uemura
This foamy bad girl is like a defibrillator for your hair. “This will bring life back to your lifeless locks.” It will really get in there and clean your scalp so that your roots will be healthy and freshly scrubbed. A dime-sized dollop of the brand’s fiber-lift for roots will also help you get that voluminous look when you blow dry it.
4. For a Leave-in Moisturizer: Shu Uemura Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk, $38 at Shu Uemura
This is for the humidity and sweat. Annastasia recommends working one or two pumps into your towel-dried hair. “This will help keep all those frizzy bits in place.” If your hair is textured or has some serious kinky curls, try an extra layer of OLÉO-Relax, $62.50 at Kerastase for more protection.
5. For Washing Your Hair: Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, ($49+ $48=$97) at Oribe
This is for rejuvenating, and it’s got healing oils like Maracuja oil, derived from passion fruit for moisture. “It smells heavenly.”
6. For Hydrating: Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, $69 at Shu Uemra
This one has Camellia oil so it doesn’t just polish the outer layers of your hair, it penetrates it, plus it protects you from UV rays. Cover your parched hair with this stuff and let your head marinate for 20-30 minutes. Then wash your hair, and rinse it all out thoroughly. “Your hair will feel silky and hydrated. Yes!”
7. For Accessories to Style Your Hair: Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin, $6.49 at drugstore.com
Screw these into your mop because they’ll latch on easily, and they’ll hold even the thickest, curliest hair together with a death grip as powerful as 20 bobby pins. “You can create very sleek or effortlessly messy dos.”
8. For Styling: Shu Uemura Kaze Wave Sensual Curl Texturizing Foam, $38 at Shu Uemura
Annastasia says it’s easier to embrace natural curls and waves in the summer than to fight them. This whipped-cream looking mousse really moisturizes you, and won’t turn to liquid. “The best thing about this product is that it leave your curls feeling soft and hydrated without frizz. No crunchy curls here!” Pro tip: Don’t use your hands like a rake because you’ll mess with the natural curl pattern and bring even more frizz to the picture. Another pro-tip: sensual does not mean that.
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