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    Summer Hair Tips; The Ultimate Guide

    The Smart Girl’s Guide to Summer Hair Tips For Curly Girls

    A common question that my clients ask as summer approaches is “What can I do with my curly hair for summer?” My answer is always to work with their natural curl and use the right hair care products to keep curly hair shiny and bouncy while fighting frizz. Here are a few of my favorite products!

    Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

    First and foremost, if you don’t have a great moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for your curly hair, get one now. A shampoo and conditioner like Matrix Curl Life, is perfect for all types of curly hair because it helps to smooth frizz and define curls.

    Curly hair needs plenty of moisture, which is why Matrix Curl Life Shampoo and Conditioner are great!

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    I always use a Detangler on curly hair before combing it out with a wide tooth comb and you should too! This is especially important for those with curly hair in the summer as your curls can easily tangle and break. Spray the Detangler on towel-dried hair and comb through with a wide-tooth comb. If you use a brush or regular comb, you run the risk of breaking hair in its wet, fragile state, which will cause additional frizz. And frizz is not a curly-haired girl’s friend!


    Shine Enhancer

    Don’t forget to buy a great styling product or two, to enhance shine, define curls and add bounce. Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector, is a great product that seems to do it all by enhancing shine, defining curls, adding bounce and even controlling frizz. I like this product because it is a hybrid of a styling cream and a gel, which are both great products used to control curly hair.


    Sun Protection

    Curly hair needs extra TLC during the hot, summer months. Try adding a little extra sun protection products to your hair care product inventory. Aveda has a new line called, Sun Care which protects your hair from UV rays, salt and chlorine, all of which can wreak serious havoc on your hair. Aveda may be a little on the pricey side, but I love their products . . . and they smell great!


    Deep Conditioner

    In addition to using some of these great products which are formulated for curly hair, consider adding in a weekly or bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment for your curly hair. You can treat yourself and have this done at the salon or, do it yourself at home. Just remember in order to get the best deep conditioning results, you will need to add heat to your hair and let the conditioner stay on the hair for at least 15 to 20 minutes. One of my favorite deep conditioners is, Paul Mitchell’s Color Protect Reconstructive Treatment.

    So, if you keep in mind that your curly hair needs extra moisture . . . especially during the summer, and you give it what it wants . . . you’ll be fine and looking marvelous!!

    Too Much Hair Coloring

    How to put some sex appeal back into the lifeless summer boring hair

    PROBLEM: You’ve got boring hair. Your hair is flat, stringy, and lifeless.

    HOW IT HAPPENS: Fine, straight hair can become limp when exposed to humidity. “Moisture from the air settles on the surface of this type of hair instead of penetrating it,” says hairdresser Armando Corral. In other words, it weighs hair down.

    TO FIX IT NOW: Add volume at the roots with an anti-humidity hair spray. (Try V05 Max! Hold Fast Drying Hair Spray, $3.50 at drugstores.) Divide the top layer of hair into four sections. Lift each section at the roots and spritz the underside. Give the spray a minute to dry, then gently back-comb each section.

    TO PREVENT BORING HAIR NEXT TIME: Lay off the heavy styling products. It’s tempting to douse fine hair with volumizing spray to help combat limpness, but these products cause buildup at the roots and, in humid weather, flattens hair even more. Bulk up with protein. Fine, straight hair lacks protein, which gives hair, body and helps it hold a hairstyle in humidity, says hairdresser Erica Colameta. To add it, shampoo and condition twice a week with protein-rich products, like Aveda Smooth Infusion shampoo and conditioner ($20 each,

    Frizzy Summer Hair

    Frizzy Summer Hair Tips

    PROBLEM: Your hair resembles a steel-wool pad: puffy and frizzy.

    HOW IT HAPPENS: Curly, coarse, and chemically treated hair is often moisture deprived, so the cuticles on each strand are raised, making the hair more porous This type of hair absorbs moisture from the air, which makes the hair shafts swell up. The result: big, unwieldy hair.

    TO FIX IT NOW: Fight frizzy summer hair with a moisture blocking styling cream or serum, like Arrojo Defrizz Serum ($14, Look for products with silicone or oil to smooth and slightly weigh down hair. Rub a quarter-size dollop between your hands and work it through the strands.

    TO PREVENT IT NEXT TIME: Get the right cut. Layers, which add volume, encourage puffiness in the summer Ask for a blunt cut, which holds down the ends and reduces the fluff factor. Make sure your hairdresser cuts with scissors not a razor, which thins out hair, making it prone to frizz.

    • Keep hair hydrated. Use an oil treatment to seal cuticles so hair can’t absorb moisture, says hairdresser Abell Oujaddou. (Try Molton Brown Hair Treatment Oil, $30) Apply from roots to ends, leave in for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse well.

    And For All You Naturally Curly Gals


    Avoid Sun Damage, Chlorine Damage, and Saltwater Damage

    Summer Hair Tips From Hair Guru Peter Lamas

    Hair guru Peter Lamas has the scoop on keeping hair healthy, hydrated and strong during the steamy months ahead

    • Use a clarifying shampoo and conditioner followed by a deep conditioning hair mask, once a week to keep build up at bay and strands well-moisturized.
    • If you’re swimming—ocean or pool—rinse your hair with filtered water to remove any leftover chlorine, debris or saltwater.
    • Don’t forget to wear a hat on those beach days! It will limit sun exposure (and burns) to your hair and your scalp.
    • Avoid shampoos containing sulfates, wash only as needed, and rinse with cool water to help protect your hair color.
    • Treat your hair like you would your skin! Use an sun block to help reduce UV damage to your locks. To make your own sunscreen, dilute 2 teaspoons of an SPF 25 sunscreen with one cup of water, fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spritz into your damp hair before styling! For additional protection, you can continue to mist the solution on throughout the day.
    • Give heat styling tools a rest during the summer! Opt to air-dry your hair instead and use a light styling cream Lamas recommends his Chinese Herbs Revitalizing Styling Cream to help keep fizz to a minimum and show off your natural hair texture.
    • Getting the right haircut to handle humid weather is crucial. Add layers to curly hair to keep locks from jutting out at the bottom and creating a pyramid shape. For straight hair, you want a little extra weight at the bottom to prevent it from expanding in the humidity, so avoid haircuts that are too choppy or over-texturized. Apply a leave-in conditioner throughout the day to give your locks a hydrating boost.
    • Because summer is rougher on hair than other seasons. it is more important to get your hair trimmed every 4 to 6weeks. The ends of hair become weak from color treatments, processing, sun, and chemicals, causing them to split and fray Bump up your normal haircut schedule in the summer to keep hair looking and feeling healthy.

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    2014 Hair Colors for Summer

    Platinum 2014 hair colors

     2014 Hair colors for summer never looked so good!

    Want hair as hot as a summer day? Well then you are going to love the latest trends sizzling this season. From bronde to ombre and bright bold hues, there is something for everyone with a magnificent blend of colors.


    Bronde 2014 hair colors

    Bronde 2014 hair colors


    Golden brown, “bronde” or brown blonde; whatever you choose to call this sexy style, it’s here and we are loving it! In fact it’s been around for a while when Gisele Bündchen, and Jennifer Anniston were embracing the look. Now it is back and bronde meshes well for both blondes and brunettes. So how does it work? The color is created by painting your hair, in order to lift the color, with two different types and volumes of cream. From Jessica Alba, to Giulianna Rancic, celebrity moms can keep the trend without harming their locks. Maintenance on this hair color is convenient, allowing for longer in-between root touch ups.


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    Bright 2014 hair colors

    Red 2014 hair colors

    Bright Hair Colors

    Bright bold hair color; from classic vibrant red to neon yellow and electric blue, bright hair color is still a craze. Best on lighter hair types this risqué set of hues requires regular maintenance but it is well worth the time. Tips for keeping the color longer;  wash hair in cold water (just like your favorite shirt, your hair needs TLC too!) Use a deep conditioner, we love Enjoy Professional Hair Care’s Hair Mask.


    Ombre 2014 hair colors

     2014 hair colors


    Ombré hair color; we have seen the trend from pins to hashtags all over the Internet. But what does it really mean? Ombré is a hair color style that lightens the bottom of your hair making it lighter than the top. The dye can look natural, as if your hair is a gradient of the two colors you have chosen, or it can be bold and daring. The best tip for adding a multi-dimensional effect is to target random pieces instead of the more solid ombre coloring we used to see.


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    Phoebe Farrell in White Platinum Blonde 2014 hair colors

    White Platinum Blonde

    This hair color is not for everyone, but when done right it is a glowing, radiant look that speaks volumes without saying a word. Maintaining this look is more time consuming than most hair colors, and best results are seen by having a professional colorist do the job.  Because of the high lift bleach used to get this look,  make sure to keep your hair conditioned and use a thermal spray and a shine serum when styling.

    There you have it! Four vivacious summer 2014 hair colors that play well all season whether you are a mommy or a beach babe! Embrace the heat of summer by turning up your hair color and go for a new wave of locks by adding a lighter tone or a bolder hue!

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    Best Hair Care Tip for Summer

    Jennifer Anniston

    Summer Hair Made Easy

    Finally, here at least, it’s starting to look like we will have a spring and summer after all. Whew!

    I’m a big fan of hats and summertime is about my favorite time of year to wear them. I like them in all shapes and colors, casual, funky and dressy . . . they all work for me. In summer, I especially like the casual hats that hide icky-hair care days and add a little attitude at the same time.

    Came across Jen Aniston’s picture today and thought posting it might get some of you gals thinking about what to do about summer hair care protection your precious locks when out sunning this summer. If you color, high light, lowlight, glaze, relax or indulge in any hair care chemical treatment, it will behoove you to cover up when you are out for extended hours in the heat of the sun. Of course you’ve heard it all before.

    So next time your out on a fashion spree, visiting some of your favorite haunts, try on some funky hats. It helps to have a girlfriend along for feedback, it’s hard to be objective about hats.

    Reese Witherspoon in a perfect summer hair hat

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    Jessica Simpson easy & casual 

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    Sister Ashlee Simpson caps it off for the fun of it!
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    Kiera Knightly . . . cute fedora and cute friend!

    I’m not done with posts on summer hat’s yet. There are just too many hats . . . and too little time.

    Check out the link to my article on womens straw hats for some more ideas to think about.


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