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How to get Sexy Summer Hair
Summer is here! Whether youâ€™re planning on soaking up the sun by the beach, the pool or lakeside, remember to take good care of your hair. Exposure to UV rays, salt and chlorine can dry out your locks, especially if your hair has been chemically processed.
â€œOur hair typically already takes a beating all year round from blow-drying, flat-irons, curling irons and the like,â€ says Nichole Darling Shockley, a Los Angeles and Orange County-based freelance hair and makeup artist. â€œSummer is the perfect time to take a break and let your hair be free!â€
DIY Sun-Streaked Hair
Get gorgeous highlighted strands (we love Cameron Diaz's golden locks!)Mother Natureâ€™s way. Lemon juice (an all-natural beauty trick thatâ€™s been around forever), tea or beer (yes, beer!) are tried-and-true ways to get that low-maintenance, sun-kissed look.
Lemon juice: Using a 3:1 ratio of lemon juice and distilled water, pour
into a spray bottle and use just before you head to the pool, beach
or the lake.
Tea: Brew three tea bags in 16 oz. of boiling water (chamomile for blondes, black tea for brunettes, Red Zinger by Celestial Seasonings for red heads), let cool, then rinse your hair with tea after shampooing.
Beer: Using a light beer (like Corona), rinse with 2-3 bottles after shampooing. Leave in for about an hour, then rinse with cool water. Follow up with a rich moisturizing conditioner.
â€œHealthyâ€ and â€œsummer hairâ€ can go hand in hand
The sun, the pool, the ocean waves â€“ even the best parts of summer can take its toll. Here are some easy ways to keep your hair looking gorgeous all season long.
Shampoo can actually dry your hair out, so consider washing your scalp only, then rinsing (every other wash, for example).
Donâ€™t shampoo before swimming
â€œYou donâ€™t want to strip your hair of its natural oils before jumping into chlorinated waters,â€ says Nichole Shockley. â€œYouâ€™ll end up with super dry, brittle â€“ maybe even green â€“ hair if youâ€™re blonde.â€ Tip: Spray leave-in conditioner to your hair before getting in the pool to keep it from soaking up all those chemicals.
Detox those locks
After swimming in the pool, use a special shampoo that removes chlorine from hair like Ultra Swim, TriSwim or Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three.
Consider using a hair mask once a week to quench parched locks. Look for products with organic argan oil, linseed oil or shea butter. â€œI love hot oil rinses,â€ says Shockley. â€œCoconut, olive and avocado oils are good at penetrating the hair shaft.â€ Tip: Shampoo as usual, then work in oil from ends to roots. Rinse, then condition as usual. Your hair should feel moisturized afterwards, but not greasy.
Skip the tools
Give your blow dryer, flat and curling irons and heat rollers a break. After shampooing, towel dry your hair, use a leave-in conditioner and let your locks air dry.
Chic hat hair
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can help save your hair (and your scalp!) from the sunâ€™s damaging rays.
Chic Summer Hairstyles
Resist the urge to throw your hair up into a ponytail! Yes itâ€™s summer and yes the nape of your neck is getting sweaty. But instead of resorting to a sloppy up-do, consider trying these simple summer hairstyles.
An easy, chic way to keep frizzes at bay. Simply wet hair and apply a pea-sized amount of gel (a quarter-sized amount for longer hair) and braid to the side.
Pretty, Beachy Waves
Who doesnâ€™t want to look like they just spent a blissful day at the beach? You donâ€™t even have to live by the ocean to get this look. Create it yourself with a DIY sea salt spray (see recipe below).
How to make your own sea salt spray:
What youâ€™ll need...
What to do:
Uneven, Blunt-cut Bob
This simple but sweet look might prompt you to kiss those messy ponytails goodbye.
Deep Side Part
This on-trend look is perhaps the easiest to achieve. Simply part your hair at center eyebrow to corner eyebrow, use a little gel and blow dry in place. MS&F