Hair Care

By Jill Goldsberry

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In the heat of the summer, two top stylists give Beauty News the low down on DO’s and do NOT’s for summer hair care.

Frizzy Do / Frizzy Don’t

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When dealing with curly hair frizz, expert Dana Gibbs uses dana’s Loft Hair Smooth Me Leave-in Conditioner, available at dana’s loft HAIR on 96 Orchard Street. She applies it to very wet hair and then uses a diffuser to dry frizz-free curls. To create more definition, DO twist hair around the fingers while drying. The smoothing conditioner allows hair to be tangle free hence less hassle for you.

For straight hair, the tried and true ponytail is one the best ways to cool off and still look cute. Simply slick back and spritz a bit of something like D-Stats Static Relief hair spritz, set to launch in October, 2008 at dstatonline.com. Living in the south, top stylist Tanya Carpenter found never ending complaints from clients about frizz and static, hence Tanya’s D-Stats Static Relief was born.

Color Treated Mess

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The most important thing to remember about the sun is that it will dry your hair out when you’re overexposed to its rays. Gibbs suggests: DO treat overly dry, color-treated hair with products that use a UV element. One she swears by is Redken’s UV Rescue. Coating the hair with it each time you come out of the water prevents chlorine damage and UV ray damage.

She also advises to always shampoo and conditioner after a day at the beach or pool. Color treated hair should never be “raw” at the beach or pool. It’s just asking for damage. Do NOT enter the pool or sun without protecting your hair first. Always bring a cap if conditioning isn’t an option, say the experts.

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When you finally leave the beach, reclaiming the shine is easy with a glossing agent for color-treated hair. DO try product from Nioxin’s new smoothing Reflectives line, specifically the Glossing Color Shield, available at select salons. Key ingredients of sunflower seed exract help protect from hair color loss. “Glossies” lock in moisture and protect your color. Whatever your hair texture there is a “glossy” for you.

Volume-Less Hair

You know how it is; your hair is bouncing and behaving until you walk out the door and then BOOM! Flat like a pancake. Is there anything you can do to keep your volume in the summer? Our experts have few tips.

Summer hair fun and freedom doesn’t have to mean sticky hair. Do NOT overdose on product, especially if it is thick and heavy. DO flip up hair and scrunch it with a bit of D-Staticks Hair Spritz. This will not only hold it for volume, it will combat frizz and create volume without the sticky mess.

Gibbs of dana’s loft suggests; DO get a great cut for summer ease as well. “A bob is always good,” she said. “It’s clean, chic and classic. No matter what your texture hair, there is a bob for you.” With such a cut, volume is instant. Plus, a bob can be maintained impeccably with monthly trims for continuous volume and shine. And if you’re not ready to cut, do NOT take the plunge, because you might regret it. Instead, DO go for an updo or use a headband for an instant lift and some needed fullness.

By following these do’s and do NOT’s, summer can be full of good hair days – easy!

Originally published July 2008
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