By now, you've got the summer SPF routine on lock — but what about your hair? After all, summer's beach-and-sun, rinse 'n repeat activities can be a little harsh on those tresses, leaving them feeling less than shampoo-ad ready. Well, no more. Ahead, the same stylists who help our fave celebs shine bright dish tips on scoring your healthiest hair, ever. Go on, step up your mane game!
Curly girls know that when the humidity creeps in, soft waves can quickly become one fuzzy headache. The most important way to keep those curls manageable, according to Nine Zero One Salon’s Nicole Leal, is the good ol' fashioned trick of using the proper shampoo and conditioner. Her favorite pick for summer is Oribe Brilliance and Shine shampoo and conditioner, which have the added bonus of being color safe. And, a helpful PSA for those of us who plan to be parking it poolside for hours: “If you are going to be out in the sun, bring along Wella Enrich treatment mask and apply to dry hair. This will keep your ends healthy and is similar to an in-salon deep treatment,” says the stylist at the J.Lo-approved WeHo salon. (For those keeping count, that makes two celebrity stylists who are on the Wella Enrich train!) Lastly, for those living in fear of frizz, consider Unite’s 7 Seconds Detangling Spray your new summer crush.
Oribe Shampoo for Brilliance and Shine, $45, available at Barneys New York; Oribe Conditioner for Brilliance & Shine, $47, available at Net-a-Porter; Unite 7 Seconds Condition Leave-In Detangler, $26, available at Amazon.
Andy LeCompte is the mastermind behind Nicole Richie’s enviable locks. To keep chemically-processed hair looking healthy in the heat, the owner of West Hollywood’s Andy LeCompte Salon
stresses the importance of hydration. For that, Andy recommends Wella Professionals line of Enrich products which nourish the hair, giving it just the pick-me-up needed after exposure to chlorine and heavy rays. For a boost of moisture, the stylist prescribes a few drops of Rodin Olio Lusso’s body oil, applied to the tresses. Another hint: Pre-pool party, spritz on some leave-in conditioner — it’s a bit more subtle than donning a swim cap, but it will protect your strands all the same.
Wella Enrich Moisturizing Shampoo, $13 for 10.1 oz., available at Ulta; Wella Enrich Moisturizing Conditioner , $14 for 8.4 oz., available at Ulta; Wella Enrich Moisturizing Leave In Balm, $12, available at Ulta;Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Body Oil, $110, available atBarneys New York.
Strong rays can zap the color from highlighted hair, meaning carefree romps on the beach are harder on highlighted hair. Luckily, Rona O’Connor has you covered — the woman who tends to Blake Lively’s locks says the trick is using products that keep your style shiny and texturized to show off the colors, while also protecting delicate hair. On the Lukaro Salon
owner’s must-have list: “Goldwell Dual Senses Fade Stop Shampoo and Extra Rich Color Conditioner, and once every third washing, the 60 Second Mask for Blondes and Highlights [which] delivers nourishing, hydrating, and shine-enhancing results in no time.” (It’s especially great for girls on the go who need extra conditioning.) For a little extra sparkle without the greasy aftermath, apply a weightless gel cream like Goldwell’s Style Sign Spun Shine Gloss.
Goldwell Dual Senses Color Extra Rich Fade Stop Shampoo, $34.99 for 25.4 oz., available at Ulta;Goldwell Dual Senses Color Extra Rich Detangling Conditioner, $39.99 for 25.4 oz., available at Ulta;Goldwell Dual Senses Blondes & Highlights 60 Second Treatment, $18.99, available at Ulta; Goldwell Style Sign Spun Shine Gloss, $15, available at Amazon.
Keeping naturally textured hair healthy is Kim Kimble’s forte. The owner of Kimble Hair Salon
and star of WE’s L.A. Hair
has developed her own line of products to keep clients like Kerry Washington and Rihanna in hair-care heaven. Her advice? Avoid heavy-wax products and opt for sulfate-free shampoos, leave-in conditioners, and hot-oil treatments. Another pro trick: Sleep in a silk bonnet to keep strands from drying out in the summer heat. And, if you’re truly devoted to keeping your hair in check this season, take a page from Washington’s book and lob off some locks. Kim recommends trading a blunt cut for a textured crop, because long layers will add controlled volume.
Kimble Hair Care Brazilian Nut & Acai Berry Shampoo, $13.99, available at Kimble Beauty; Kimble Hair CareBrazilian Nut & Acai Berry Conditioning Masque, $12.99, available at Kimble Beauty; Kimble Hair CareBrazilian Nut & Acai Berry Leave-in Conditioner, $14.99, available at Kimble Beauty; Kimble Hair Care Bounce Back Curl Revitalizer, $15.99, available at Kimble Beauty and Target stores.
To keep fine locks from going limp, Byron Williams’ motto is “less is more.” According to the owner of his eponymous salon
in Beverly Hills, adding too much voluminizing or thickening product to thin hair will actually weigh it down. His solution? “A little bit of dry shampoo. It gives the hair a feeling of fullness.” The stylist also recommends that fine-haired ladies (like his client Michelle Williams) wash their tresses more often in the summer, when strands tend to be oilier. And, if your hair is on the frizzier side, add a dose of Living Proof’s Nourishing Cream to your hair routine. Just what the doctor, erm, stylist ordered.
Living Proof Nourishing Cream, $26 for 4 oz., available at Sephora; Evo Water Killer Dry Shampoo, $25, available at Evo.