All that summer heat and humidity may make for great beach weather, but it can wreak havoc on your hair. But no worries: there are several things you can do to fight frizz and stay looking good all summer long.
Frizz-fighting starts with your shampoo routine. One the days you shampoo, grab a frizz-fighting or moisturizing formula, and don’t skip the conditioner. Try to only shampoo every other day, since the natural oils in your hair also help to fight frizz; if your roots feel oily on those “off days”, grab a dry shampoo. (One to try: Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, $6.)
You might think deep conditioner is only for the dry winter months, but it’s important to continue using it at least twice a week during the summer. The sun’s rays and pool chlorine can dry out your hair, leaving it more susceptible to frizzing out on a humid day, when thirsty strands absorb the moisture from the air and begins to swell.
When you’re styling, comb through an anti-frizz cream to smooth strands, and finish with a glossing serum to seal split ends and give your ‘do a smooth finish. Limit your use of alcohol-containing hairsprays and mousses, which can dry out hair, or switch to an alcohol-free formula (try Joico JoiWhip mousse, $14, walgreens.com).
Limiting your use of the hair dryer, flat iron, and curling iron can also help to keep hair from turning dry and frizzy. If you do use heat tools, spritz strands with a thermal protecting spray beforehand to prevent heat damage, which can exacerbate frizz.
Finally, for the days when all else seems to fail, teach yourself a few simple tricks, like a quick ballerina bun or a messy French braid, to keep your hair cute and contained. Or try a scarf headwrap, as sported by chic celebs like Rihanna; to disguise a bad hair day with flair.