6 SUMMER STRATEGIES FOR LONG HAIR
Long hair is more susceptible than short hair to the seasonal ravages of wind, sun, sweat, chlorine and salt. Here, experts identify and explain how- to avoid potential summer dangers:
Avoid the double threat of chlorine plus strong sunlight “Try not to swim during prime sun hours. wrhen the combination of direct ultraviolet rays and chlorine are most potent and damaging. If you do. rinse your hair with nonchlorinated water and coat it with a leave-in sunscreen before you jump into the pool, says Matt Adams, haircutting trainer for Aveda. “Once your hair has already absorbed water, it has less room to absorb chlorine.”
(Try Molton Brown Parasol Sun Protection for the Hair, Matrix Essentials Bi-olage LA Head for the Sun Protective Hair Gel.)
• Treat windblown hair with care “Loosely braid your hair or put it up to avoid tangles when you’re swimming or spending time outdoors,” says Philip Kingsley’s Brian Thompson. “Comb out tangles when your hair is dr)’ because hair loses 30 percent of its strength when damp.”
• Wear a hat for protection-and don’t forget to tuck up the ends “Hats offer the best protection from the sun but many women leave the ends dangling,” says Thompson.
“This leaves the most vulnerable parts of the hair susceptible to more damage.”
• Shampoo only as needed “People tend to shampoo frequently in the summer because they think their hair is oily and dirty. This dries your hair out. so use a moisturizing shampoo.” says Ludmilla Suvorova, a stylist at Pierre Michel in New York City.
(Try Garden Botanika Cleanse Chamomile Moisture and Shine Shampoo. Philip B. Botanical Moisturizing White Truffle Shampoo, Salon Selectives Botanical Blends Shampoo.)
• Keep the ends of your hair in good condition “Even if you protect the ends, they can become lighter than the rest of your hair. Lise a color-enhancing conditioner to even out the tones,” says Nubests Mazzei. (Try Aveda Annato Color Conditioner, Revlon Colorsilk Color Enhancing Conditioner.)
• Take a seasonal approach to styling “In the summer, straight-haired people lose volume, curly-haired people get frizz, and everyone tends to overwork their hair,” says Thompson. “Instead, learn to work with your hair in a seasonal sense. If it’s frizzy, use a leave-in conditioner and play up the loops and curls. If it’s flat, try a smoother, more sculpted look instead of overloading on styling products to create volume.”
“Hair that’s one foot long is two years old that’s two years of wear and tear and environmental abuse, so you have to nurture it.”
Philip Kingsley’s Brian Thompson
“YOU CAN’T EXPECT YOUR HAIR TO PERFORM IN EXTREME HUMIDITY THE WAY IT DOES THE REST OF THE YEAR. INSTEAD OF TRYING TO PUMP IT UP LIKE A S0UFFL&-WHICH IS FUTILE TRY LETTING IT DRY NATURALLY WITH LIGHT, PROTECTIVE PRODUCTS.”- New York City.
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