Hair tips and tricks from professional hairdressers on how to stay stylish all summer long.
1. Wash your hair less.
Wash your hair once and enjoy three days of flawless style with these tips from Daniel DiTommaso, Sebastian Professional platform artist.
“On day one, wash your hair, apply Sebastian Potion 9 and leave it to dry naturally, or gently blow-dry while scrunching your hair for textured waves. (You could also wash at night, and separate with your fingers in the morning.) Fight grease on day two by massaging in a quick spray of Sebastian Dry-clean Only Shampoo on the roots. On day three, get hair out of your face into a messy ponytail or twisted bun. If your hair is not long enough to put up, or if you want to leave it down, a hat is a handy way of hiding greasy roots while making a style statement.”
2. Turn down the dryer temperature.
“Heat will create more frizz and you will be wasting your time trying to tame the frizz,” says Schwarzkopf Professional Essential Looks Artist Rossa Jurenas. Turn down the temperature of your dryer to a cooler setting, or better yet, try air-drying your hair. She suggests looking for cream-based products to keep the hair hydrated and smooth all summer long. If you can’t step away from the dryer, use OSIS Magic to control frizz and give locks a glossy finish.
3. Get the right cut.
If you want to cut down on styling time, get a haircut that works with your natural texture. “Tailored bobs and disconnected crops are in high demand right now,” says Lorraine McAndrew, Sassoon Academy’s Creative Director in Toronto. Here are her tips for getting the right hair cut that won’t fall flat or frizz out in the hot summer months.
4. Use less product.
Leon Gorman for Cutler Salon (the lead stylist for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), says working with the natural texture to create beach waves is better than loading the hair up with product. For women with curly or ethnic hair, he combines Redken Full Frame Mousse (about a palm size amount) with a dollop of conditioner, and applies that to damp hair to weight it down and tame the natural curl. “Then, I blow dry using a diffuser, working through the curls with my fingers.” On fine hair that won’t hold style as well, he applies Redken Full Frame Mousse from root to tip on damp hair, then lets the hair air dry, or blowdries with a diffuser. If hair is too poufy afterwards, he adds a sea salt spray for texture.
Those with too much product buildup can use Matrix Biolage Clean Reset, to clarify strands and reduce residue—including chlorine. The formula using the self-cleansing properties of lemongrass to cleanse hair without drying it out.
5. Use sun protection.
Find products that do double duty and contain a UV filter to protect your hair from damage. Smooth Sexy Hair Smooth Extender helps prevent colour fading with UVA/UVB protection while infusing hair with coconut oil to strengthen and nourish hair. Applying Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Oil Nourishing Styling Treatment to damp hair before styling will also up your UV protection, provide thermal protection, reduce drying time and giving your final look extra polish, sans frizz. Always rinse hair after leaving the pool!
6. Comb, don’t brush.
Hair is like an elastic band; brushing hair when wet can stretch it, and eventually cause breakage. “In humid weather, broken hair will look like frizz,” says Jurenas. Use a wide tooth comb, or a Wet Brush, to detangle your hair in the summer to prevent breakage.
7. Use an aerosol spray to stop frizz.
Jurenas recommends fighting summer humidity with an aerosol hairspray. “Using a dry spray will help keep control, and block any type of humidity coming into the hair for those fun, sassy and summery styles.” Try OSIS Session Label Flexible Hairspray to help your style last all day long.
8. When in doubt, accessorize.
Bad hair day? Use an amazing hair accessory to brighten up your look and distract from whatever is bothering you. We love these sleek metal hair pins from French designer Sylvain Le Hen for the super sophisticated fashionista who loves minimalism. An upscale accessory, like this opulent Ellen Hunter circlet headband, can instantly take any hair do to the next level.
Photos courtesy of Kevin.Murphy