Flat or frizz? Summer Hair Tips

Pick Your Products Wisely

The products you use in winter, spring and fall may simply fail you in the summer. Heat has a drying effect on hair, and humidity can cause the roots to swell and the hair to "poof." So, you may need to adjust your routine to incorporate some products made for these conditions, such as:

  • Extra-moisturizing shampoos and conditioners -- Hydration means less frizz, more smooth.
  • Leave-in conditioners -- These will keep the moisture going all day long and help prevent flyaways for straight hair.
  • Color stabilizers -- UV rays can fade hair color (and/or turn it orange). Shampoos, conditioners and creams made for color retention can help.
  • UV shields -- In addition to helping block color-fading rays, products with UV shields built in can prevent drying and frying in the sun (especially at the beach, where salt is added to the mix).
  • Treatment masks -- For severely dry hair, try an intensive-care mask, which you leave in for 10 to 20 minutes and then wash out. (Only once or twice a week, though for best results.

And avoid these like the plague:

  • Sulfate-based products -- They dry hair out.
  • Alcohol-based products -- They're also drying.
  • Heavy styling products on fine hair -- They weigh it down.
  • Heat-based styling tools if your hair is thick and/or dry -- Frizz, frizz, frizz!

Products can make a big difference on hair hurt by the elements, but great summer hair isn't all about fighting back. One of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to beautify is to use nature to your advantage …

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