How to Protect Your Hair During the Summer

Just as you slather on the sunscreen during summer, you need to be sure that your hair is protected, too. There are several ways to ensure that your strands stay in shape no matter how much heat and humidity comes their way. Here’s how to accomplish that while ensuring that every day is a great hair day.

Cover It Up

Occasionally a heat wave rolls through and makes it impossible to manage your hair. Use this opportunity to add a few chic hats to your wardrobe. They’ll protect your mane from dryness—and as a bonus, you’ll also shield your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays.

Use UV Protection

It’s just as important to protect your hair from ultraviolet rays as it is your skin. Overexposure to the sun can lead to dryness, brittle strands, and even fading color. A product such as TIGI Bed Head Beach Freak Moisturizing Detangler Spray ($12.99) contains a potent UV complex that is formulated to filter out those potentially harmful rays that might cause your hair to look less than healthy. It also includes seaweed extract, which is enriched with protein to strengthen and prevent dryness.

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Prevent Chlorine Overexposure

You can spend as much time in the pool as you desire—that’s the beauty of summer, after all. But all that time splashing around comes at a price for your mane. Take the time to protect it from chlorine, which can cause extreme dryness and, in some cases, even cause your strands to turn green. A little bit of conditioner is all you need. Simply apply a dime-sized amount to damp hair, comb through, and throw your hair in a bun. Try Bain de Terre Meadow Balancing Conditioner ($11.99)—it’s safe for daily use, smells great, and is suitable for all hair types.

Protect from Overheating

If you’re a slave to your hairdryer and flat iron throughout the year, it’s important to do one of two things. Either take a break f
rom using those tools completely—usually easier said than done—or protect your hair from the effects of heat styling. Try Hot Sexy Hair Prep Me 450° Heat Protection Blow Dry Primer ($12.99), which helps reduce breakage and minimize brittle strands. Bonus: It leaves hair ultra smooth and silky!

Get Your Wave On

Although it’s tempting to throw your hair up in a topknot or ponytail every day of the week, there are styles that you can achieve without heat. By adding Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($29.99) to your routine, you can rock an amazing look that channels a tropical vibe. A little spritz from top to bottom on wet hair is all you need to style your mane. Finger comb it through for best results and try not to touch—you’ll love the natural, super-soft wave that results.

 

 

Tutorial Tuesday – How To Curl Your Hair With A Flat Iron

Everyone is always asking us how to use your flat iron to create loose, large waves in their hair. Today, we reveal the secret. As shown here, start to rotate your wrist toward the bottom of the piece of hair you are working on. For a tighter curl, start closer to the scalp. If your hair usually holds a curl, you’re ready to go. If it has the tendency to drop when you leave the house, put a mist of light hairspray before you bounce. No pun intended! TT-CurlwithIron

Tame your Curly Mane

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For a lot of us with curly hair, it is a journey to figure out how to decently maintain it. I dare to go out on a limb and say that maintaining it is the smallest accomplishment you hope to make in regards to your curly hair. You want beautiful, extraordinary curls to decorate and frame your face. Beautiful, sexy locks that enhance any look that you rock. First, you need to accept that in order to find the beauty underneath all that frizz, curly hair needs extra tender love and care.  Use shampoos and conditioners made especially for curls as well as styling it with hair products made for curls. Follow these steps to bring the beauty out of your natural curls:
  1. Wash your hair with a special shampoo and conditioner just for curly hair, such as the Curly Sexy Hair Shampoo and Curly Sexy Hair Conditioner.
  2. Wrap your hair up in a towel for a few minutes and then comb out any knots with your fingers.
  3. Now you will apply a humidity-resistant, curl-enhancing mousse such as the Curly Sexy Hair Curl Power Enhancer, section by section. Pick your hair half up and thoroughly apply the Curly Sexy Hair Curl Power Enhancer to the loose section while combing your fingers through it. When separating each section, work your way up until you get to the top and then style or part however you prefer.
  4. Gently flip your hair over from one side to the next while scrunching the tips with your hands so that your curls can get a bit of volume.
  5. Let it dry naturally or use a diffuser.

2 Easy Ways to Curl with a Hair Iron

Want to know how to curl your hair with a straightener? Here are 2 easy ways for creating 2 stylish curly hairstyles with hair irons.

Method 1: Curl your hair with a flat iron as demonstrated here with the Bio Ionic straightening iron

  1. Wrap a small strand of hair around your pointer and middle finder.
  2. Carefully slide the curl off your fingers and don’t let go!
  3. Press the curl with the ionic flat iron.
  4. Stretch out the curl.

Next > Method 2: Curl your hair with the ceramic CHI Volumizer

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