Summer is the time to let your hair down. Literally. It’s too hot to take more heat to your hair, so the au natural look is always in style this season. From beachy waves and air-dried tresses to buns and braids, these are the best hair products for your mane.
Straight and Silky
If your hair is naturally straight and silky, be sure to keep it that way come summer. Try Kérastase Paris Aura Botanica Lait de Soie ($37 on www.kerastase-usa.com), a blow-drying milk product perfect for hot and humid days. Enriched with Moroccan argan oil and Samoan coconut oil, the end result is beautifully silky hair that protects against heat up to 450 degrees.
Long Hair, Don’t Care
Treat your lengthy, distressed locks to this gentle conditioner. Muk Haircare Intense Repair Conditioner ($23 on Amazon) contains a blend of nutrients that will leave your hair soft and shiny. All hair types can benefit from its detangling formula, so whether you leave it wild and free and windblown or braid it back, broken hair has no place here.
Hair takes a beating in the summer. Between the beach, the pool and humid days and breezy nights, you are guaranteed some frizz. Any serum is a sure bet, but John Frieda Frizz-Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum ($9.99 on Amazon) actually works to repair damaged hair. It also adds a little shine to your tresses as well.
In Need of a Touch Up
While it seems like all of summer may be spent in the water, there are some days where you are just too busy to fully shampoo and condition your hair. Dry shampoo is the perfect fix for those on the go or to touch up greasy hair. Batiste dry shampoo ($5.99 at Target) is the best out there and quite popular worldwide. Simply shake the can, spray evenly over dry hair and massage into scalp with fingertips. Allow it so sit for a few moments before brushing it out.
Short and Sweet
In the summer, short hair can be easier to maintain than long hair, but it still deserves some styling. From pixie cut to a lob or bob, try Kristin Ess Depth Defining Water Based Pomade ($10 at Target), which builds texture and holds volume.
Almost everyone’s hair looks amazing coming out of the ocean, but the nagging need to shower and wash your hair ruins the moment. Achieve beachy waves with Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray ($27 at Sephora). The spray celebrities swear by leaves a matte finish on the hair, making it gritty (a la salt from the ocean) and creates movement. It works best on dry hair, especially if your hair is fine and straight.
If you were blessed with naturally curly ringlets, humidity is your worst enemy. Eliminate frizz and lifeless curls with SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner ($10 at Target). This product won’t weigh your curls down and is especially great for those with coarse or textured hair.