Hot, humid days may feel great—especially when you're headed dockside—but this kind of weather report isn't super helpful for keeping your hair smooth. Here's how to maintain control, no matter the temperature.
The key to beautiful, shiny hair is balanced moisture. But everything from just being outside to daily styling to chemical processes, depletes hair’s natural moisture to varying degrees. Blo Blow Dry Bar's corporate style director Joya Smith dishes on how to keep locks glossy, smooth and frizz free this summer.
Smooth out dull, dry and stressed out hair with an aggressive hydration regime. The key is to get a good base, first replenish then protect. "If you're prone to frizzy hair, try and use a smoothing shampoo," says Smith. If your hair is particularly parched, a heavy-duty hair mask should be applied once every week says Smith. Avoid oil slicked hair by distancing the product from the roots, two to three inches should do the trick. In between masks Smith recommends applying argan oil to damp hair post shower. "The oil will help weigh down the hair, which will in turn helps smooth out the frizz," says Smith.
Avoid any products with alcohol, it can dry hair out further. You can try an alcohol free hairspray or something a little more weighty. Smith recommends using a finishing cream. "I love Unite's Second Day ($25) because its a really light cream but still does it's job of weighing down flyways." Another old school trick is the rinse your hair with cold water, this helps cool the cuticle and slams down any breakage, which minimizes flyaways and makes hair look shinier. Another oldie but a goldie tip; run a Bounce dryer sheet over your hair to reduce the static, that can cause flyways.
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Easy On The Heat
"Anytime you use a hot tool use a heat protectant, that's going to shield you from breakage [which causes hair to look frizzy] and makes the hair look healthier," says Smith. Be it your straightener, blowdryer or curling iron, heat can cause hair to look frayed. If your budget permits, invest in heat tools with ionic technology. They help to reduce frizz by compressing the cuticle, which fights off moisture. Just remember, less is more when it comes to heat tools and blow dryers.
If your goal is to get your hair looking super sleek—and having it stay that way—it comes down to mastering a blowout. After a serum or argan oil is applied to damp hair, spritz on the heat protector and rough dry with your blowdryer. "You want to rough dry until your hair is 70-80% dry," says Smith. Smooth things out by applying the nozzle and using a round brush, "aiming the nozzle down will help close the hair's cuticles [this is the outermost part of the hair shaft and it's formed from dead cells, overlapping in layers] down, which helps it look really sleek and shiny," says Smith.