How to Have the Best Hair During Steamy Weather

Baby, it’s hot outside. While we can’t help but have a full-fledged love affair with rising temperatures and sunny skies, we also can’t stop thinking about the little side effects that conveniently come with being a warm-weather aficionado. Unfortunately, the more time you spend outside, the more likely it is that your hair will soak up the humidity, resulting in a frizzy, fuzzy mess. How best to cope? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite products that are guaranteed to tame your hair throughout spring and summer.

Cleanse with…

Exposure to sunlight, chlorine, and salt water can do a number on your hair. A deeply hydrating cleanser, such as Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo ($13.99), drenches hair with nourishing and smoothing ingredients to restore strength and moisture. It’s just as important to use a product that effectively removes product and mineral buildup, like Bio Ionic Agave Clarifying Shampoo ($25). Using it gives your hair a fresh start by cleansing your scalp and strands and preparing it for anything from styling treatments to salt water.

 

Condition with…

 Warm weather calls for a conditioner that blocks out humidity while protecting parched strands from further damage. Rusk Deep Shine Smooth Keratin Care Smoothing Conditioner ($11.99) leaves your hair soft, shiny, and more capable of standing up to even the harshest elements. That’s important if you plan to spend lots of time at the beach or the pool! Once or twice a week, treat your hair to Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque ($18.99). It’s a heavy-duty treatment enriched with a strengthening combination of argan oil, vitamin E, keratin protein, and antioxidants.

Control with…

Frizz is one of warm weather’s main hair woes. A product like John Masters Organics Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer ($18.99) is ideal. It’s made with 100 percent organic plant and essential oils, including moisturizing jojoba, healing lavender, and shine-boosting rosemary, all of which work together to smooth out stubborn frizz. You can also use it to prevent split ends. If you’re headed out and need to maintain that sexy updo, spritz on some Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray ($16.99) to lock in your style and prevent coarseness and frizz.

 

Protect with…

 One of the best things you can do for your locks when it’s hot outside is simply to protect it. TIGI Bed Head Beach Bound Protection Spray ($12.99) works wonders if you plan to get soaked in salt water. It’s made with sunflower seed oil and grapefruit extract to protect your hair from heat (both sun and styling), and even contains a UV protectant to combat those harsh and harmful rays. Use it throughout the season to enjoy stronger, more resilient hair. For everyday use, nothing tops John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender ($15.99). It smells fabulous, soothes the scalp, adds volume, and lends your hair that enviable beach-babe look we all covet.

 

Your Iron Can Do More Than Just Straighten

Flat Iron Styling Tricks

My flat iron won my personal VIP beauty award the day I first used it. In just minutes, it took my thick, wavy, sometimes uncontrollable hair under its wing and transformed it into the smooth, silky, straight hair of my dreams. And for years, I used it solely for that purpose—to combat my hair’s natural texture and give it a sleeker appearance.

 

But did you know that flat irons are capable of doing so much more? At the time, I didn’t, and now that I do I regret wasting so much valuable flat iron time using it only to achieve one style! Here are several fun, chic styles you can achieve using your flat iron.

 

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Get Cool, Beachy Waves

 Who knew? It turns out a flat iron can give you those beachy waves all of us covet throughout summer. The easiest way to achieve the look is to begin by braiding your hair. My preference is to create three or four braids, but this is dependent on your hair’s volume. (Even one braid works if your hair is on the fine side.) Follow by running your flat iron over each braid, slowly working down and applying gentle pressure. When you’re done, undo each braid and run your fingers through your hair for an effortless, tousled look. Finish with a spritz of TIGI Session Series Salt Spray ($13.99) to increase the textured finish and combat humidity.

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Curl Your Hair

You can also use your flat iron just like a traditional curling iron—and in many cases, you might even achieve a more natural looking curl with your flat iron. To get a tight coil with heavy bounce, grip your hair between the iron’s plates just as you would if you were straightening. As you slide the iron down, slowly twist the iron in your hand so that your hair wraps around the barrel of the iron. It should wrap in a complete rotation. Hold this for a moment before gently releasing the hair. It should fall into a bold curl. If you want to loosen the curls up, run a comb or your fingers through your hair and shake it out. For great results, try FHI HEAT Eps Black Diamond Digital Hair Iron ($168.89). Its one-inch size makes it easy to achieve many different looks.

 

flat-iron-s-waveCreate a Vintage “S” Wave

Ever wish you could emulate the glamorous look of your favorite old-world screen stars? I do, too—and if only it was as easy as waking up in the morning and being as naturally elegant as Hollywood’s most classic sirens. But a flat iron can do at least a portion of the job just as well. The vintage “S” wave is one you’ll recognize immediately. It’s associated with the Roaring Twenties, a look that’s just so iconic you can’t help but appreciate its beauty. The easiest way to get the look is to push a section of hair into an “S” shape (best achieved by pushing it upward), clamping down on this section with your flat iron, and holding to set the wave. Then repeat, working your way down until your entire mane is complete. Hold the waves with a setting product, like Big Sexy Hair Spritz & Stay Intense Hold Fast Drying Hair Spray ($14.99).

 

 

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