We love the summer and the sun and the beach and the way the world slows down just a bit. What we don’t love is the way our hair responds to all this UV attention. Curly girls tend to fight the frizz wars and those of us with finer strands do battle with the lank and limp. No one wants to spend these lazy days at the blow dry workbench and besides, why would we, as even the best blow will succumb to the humidity or the surf?
When beginning on a new hair journey, try to manifest your best hair…just kidding, but we do suggest starting off with really clean hair. Use a clarifying shampoo, massage it into your scalp and rinse totally and completely as this will give “squeaky-clean” new meaning and prep you hair for the goodness to follow. This Phyto Clarifying Shampoo kicks old products lodged on your scalp to the curb, and this Apple Cider Vinegar detox clarifies, conditions and smells amazingly fresh. not at all like a salad. It’s a good way to start the summer with good hair habits.
Just as developments in the science of skincare have been exploding , so too is the case with hair care. Keratin, sunscreens, masques and exotic oils are now commonly employed; the combinations are endless and confusing so we asked a few pros to translate the English of summer hair into …well…English.
Rahua Co-Founder and President, Fabian Lliguin has a complete understanding of what happens to our hair in the summer, “hair becomes frizzy as the dryness in our hair is attracted to the moisture in the air, which results in a change of texture.” Lliguin’s solution is to hydrate the hair with their plant powered Hydrating Shampoo and conditioner. For women with finer hair afraid of the weight of conditioner, he suggests conditioning from the mid-shaft down to the ends or ,if you can commit to a weekly intensive mask, you can skip conditioning every time you shampoo. Rahua Leave-In Detangler protects against UV rays and is perfect for frequent swimmers. You can carry this small pot of Hair Balm in your beach bag — it will be your 24/7 on-call police frizz force.
Hot off the hair press is that Virtue Hair care fans like us will be ga-ga for their new lightweight healing oil that is full of vitamins and smells like heaven. Adir Abergel, Creative Director for Virtue says, “ When I’m looking for a shiny finish, this oil is my go-to because it doesn’t weigh the hair down. It acts like a filler that goes into the hair shaft.” Translation: it plumps and protects the hair , just what our fine hair needs in the summer. It will be in stores in just a few weeks but until then, you can rely on their Volumizing Primer to plump and protect against the environment.
Davines has just introduced an after-sun product for our hair. Wayne Woodruff, Technical Education Director of Davines North America says,” During the summer, we should all take a little more care and re-moisturize hair often. SU Hair Mask will replenish and rehydrate ,and just like your skin, it will feel better.” SU Hair Milk offers a one-step conditioning and cleansing and it protects against sun damage, too.
So clean, condition and protect, and even if you “ponytail.”
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