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Flat or frizz? Summer Hair Tips


Let Nature Help
Go with the flow. During the summer, it's sometimes easier to let your hair behave the way it wants to.
Go with the flow. During the summer, it's sometimes easier to let your hair behave the way it wants to.
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It's simple to add moisture. It's even simpler to not remove your hair's natural moisture in the first place.

We're talking about your hair's natural oils here. These oils are not your enemy, especially in the drying summer sun. They keep your hair looking sleek, your curls looking like curls and your tips looking smooth. To avoid stripping these oils, wash your hair every two or three days rather than every day. You'll find your hair naturally looks better if you just leave it alone a little bit.

Other ways to use nature to your advantage:

  • Harness gravity -- If your hair is thin, fine or flat, go with a shorter cut to reduce weight and add volume. If your hair is thick or curly, keep it long. The extra weight will keep the poofiness in check when humidity hits.
  • Apply styling products away from the root -- Smoothing cream or gel into the root of your hair has the opposite effect of what you're probably going for. Rather than adding volume, it weighs the root down, decreasing its lifting ability. Leave the root natural, and apply styling products from mid-shaft to end.
  • Go with the flow -- Stop trying so hard to tame it: Perfectly styled, stick straight or tightly curled hair is not summer fare. Let your hair go a little wild, with messy waves and a little texture. You'll look like you just left the beach (in a good, swimsuit-model way).

Even using both nature and science, you may find you need to rely on your wits to get your hair in top form in 90-degree heat. Here's where the fun starts …


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