We know we’re not alone when we say getting our hair to behave during the hot summer season isn’t always easy. (We’re looking at you, frizz.) So, we asked hair expert Mario Verrilli to share some hassle-free hair tips to keep our locks looking great this season.
Get a lob haircut
Many people believe that short hair is easier to manage in the summer, but that’s not always the case. It all depends on your hair’s texture and density. If you have very thick or coarse hair, a short haircut can take more time to manage. Something like a lob (i.e. not too short, not too long), you can style in many different ways. The lob haircut is perfect for summer. It’s a modern version of the classic “bob”, only it has some random layers that remove weight and create movement. This makes it an ideal choice for all hair types as the random layers you remove can be customized to the hair’s texture and density. Easy to style wavy or sleek.
On damp hair spray a sea salt spray and add a bit of glossing creme. Twist or squeeze sections of hair and let it air dry or use a diffuser if you need to assist the wave or don’t have time to let it dry naturally. A lot of women are not comfortable with their own texture —they feel too undone. If this is the case you can polish to the look by taking large sections of dry hair throughout the T-zone, spritz a protective spray and wrap only the mid shaft of the hair around a large barrel curling iron leaving the ends straight. This cut also looks great straight or sleek.
Don’t colour your hair right before the summer
The sun will lighten and fade away the hair colour in an instant. If you are hoping to keep those pastel tones that are all the rage, you will be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, focus on colours that will work with the summer and invest in products or a chic hat/scarf to help protect your mane and minimize the effects of the sun. Try Balayage or Ombré. These two techniques will be in style for a long time. Balayage offers a sun kissed look and the Ombré technique gives a gradual dark that fades to light look that is perfect for summer as it makes the fading look intentional! Every hair colour needs a UV protective spray. The best defence is a hat.
Enhance your shine. The sun can dull your hair and leave it looking dry. Get a gloss treatment. It’s a lot like a topcoat for our hair that seals the cuticle thus creating the appearance of shiny, healthy hair. Your hair will look fresh even in the hottest summer.
Wet your hair before jumping in the pool
If you enjoy being poolside in summer, wet your hair completely before taking a dip. Chorine is very drying and can cause your hair to change colour. Your hair can only absorb a certain amount of water so if it is pre wet before entering the pool, it will not absorb as much chlorine. Add conditioner for maximum protection.
Shampoo with a sulphate-free shampoo to avoid striping the colour.
Use styling products to manage frizz
When its hot and humid outside the last thing you want to worry about is your hair frizzing up. A look that is still popular among celebrities is the “Wet” look. This is a great way to tame frizz and keep it in check without having to invest too much time or effort. Most people have texture and wave they don’t even know they have or they have curly hair and struggle to manage it to get the best results. To get the “wet” look on textured or wavy hair, simply spritz a sea salt spray to damp hair, add a generous amount of light to medium hold styling creme, conditioner or a hair oil and scrunch the hair and leave it air dry. The hair should not actually be wet.
For curly hair, conditioner is a great styling tool mixed with a medium hold styling creme. The styling creme holds the curl while the conditioner helps to retain the flexibility of the hair without it getting crunchy. Add your favourite shine oil to the mix for maximum curl definition. You can wind strands around your finger throughout the T-zone to help shape the curls. Again, leave it air dry or diffuse. Once hair is dry, add more shine spray. Summer time is a time to take a break and your hair should also get a break from all the hot tools. These looks are a great way to do so!
Use coconut oil
Aside from all the health benefits of coconut oil, it’s also great for your hair and scalp. Coconut oil has antibacterial and anti fungal properties which makes it great option as a treatment you can leave in. Your hair will feel soft and will look healthier. Coconut oil has all sorts of nutrients and antioxidants, which is great for the scalp. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp.
A great treatment you can do once a week is to massage coconut oil into your scalp and brush it through to the ends with a boar bristle brush to stimulate blood flow and distribute the oils to the ends of the hair. Wrap your hair with a towel or plastic cap and leave in over night and shampoo in the morning.
Since coconut is so rich and moisturizing, you can use it to style wavy or curly hair but keep in mind it can be very heavy so try this on a Sunday or a day you don’t have anywhere to go until you find the right amount for your hair type.