Summer can do a number on your hair; heat, humidity, chlorine, salt, sweat -- all can leave you with tresses that are less than lovely. But with a little care, and the right products, your hair can be summer lovely on even the worst days.
How do you keep the heat from getting the best of your hair? Washing with a peppermint shampoo gives you a tingly clean, minty fresh head, which won't keep you from sweltering later, but will start your day with a burst of freshness. Rinse with cool -- or cold -- water at the end of your shampoo; this will close the cuticle and give you extra shine (and really, when it's 100 degrees outside, a nice cool rinse is lovely). Cool water also closes off the oil glands in your scalp, which keeps you oil-free for a least a little longer.
What about after your shower -- what's the strategy then? Depends on your hair concern. BeautyHacks Contributing Editor Poppy Buxom has the right idea: protect your hair, all the time. She recommends the Kérastase line of products, to protect your color from summer's ravages. Community member the weirdgirl uses Shu Uemura Deepsea Water on her curly hair; it tames the frizz and keeps her styling all day. And A Girl's Gotta Spa has some great summer hair tips from Pureology (they make the BEST products, you all -- seriously).
I have short hair, which I wear in a semi-permanent state of bedhead; I am lazy and lack any sort of styling ability busy and prefer an unstyled look. If you want to go short for summer, or any time, start with a great cut, one that is designed to look good without any styling at all. If you can skip the flatiron and dryer in the summer, you're doing your hair a huge favor.
What am I using? It's a big secret, so don't tell! Years ago, a stylist in Seattle got me hooked on American Crew's Fiber, a matte wax designed for men's hair. I scoop out a pea-sized blob, rub it between my hands to warm it up, and then mash it into my hair (yes, that's the technical term, "mash"). The look is touseled and piecey and casual, and it lasts all day. Plus the Fiber has a light lemony smell that blends nicely with my perfume.
Oh you think about things like that, too. Admit it.
Fiber is available at Amazon.com for $15.00 (but I get mine at Target, for about $13.00). One 3.5 ounce container will last you for a long, long time.
Photo courtesy of Bath and Body Works UK.