Summer Hair Guide for Grownups

We won’t revisit how to French-braid and apply sun-in (so ’80s). What we will deal with: all the hair annoyances that plague you come Memorial Day. New frizz fighters? Check. Protection for an increasingly exposed scalp? Oh yeah. Plus help for sun-yellowed grays. We also weigh in on an age-old argument: to go summer short or not? So pour yourself a ’tini and get ready for a great-hair summer

by Christine Fellingham
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Photograph: Geof Kern

“Pinch heavier products onto the ends—smoothing gels, sculpting lotions, pomades,” says Edward Tricomi, co-owner of the Warren Tricomi Salon in New York City. “It helps weigh the hair down.” Try Nexxus Frizz Defy Styling Crème ($12; drugstores).
Boost your conditioning routine
Hair that’s very dry is more apt to frizz. Why? It eagerly absorbs moisture in the air, causing the dreaded swell. However, if your locks are adequately conditioned, they’ll be unable to absorb a lot of water. So when it’s particularly humid out, ramp up your routine by using one conditioner while you shower and a second, light leave-in conditioner when you’re drying off. For a leave-in, try Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Weightless Conditioning Shake ($6; drugstores).GOT LIMPLOCKS?
Summer heat and humidity aren’t kind to fine hair. Here, the best ways to keep your ’do from falling flat five minutes after you’ve styled it.
Start styling in the shower
Your best bet, says stylist Kevin Lee: Use volumizing shampoos and conditioners. These bulk up your strands and remove buildup, which can weigh down hair; they also infuse your locks with a thickening ingredient that adds fullness before you even begin styling. Try Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Volumizing Root Boost Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner ($6 each; drugstores).
Build volume at the roots
“While your hair is damp, create a foundation for fullness by applying a root-lifting product at the scalp,” says Flynn-Hui. “Then dry your roots in the direction opposite from the way you normally wear it.” In other words, if you usually part your hair on the right side of your head, make a part on the left side instead, then rough-dry the roots by tousling the hair with your hand. Once the roots are dry, flip your hair back the way you normally wear it and finish the blowout. Try Samy Fat Hair “0” Calories Root Lifter spray ($8; drugstores).Fluff on the fly
When you need a quick hit of volume, spritz your strands with hairspray—or, if your fine hair is prone to frizz, a weather-proofing spray like Nexxus Frizz Defy Leave-In Oil Shine Treatment, below($15; drugstores).Hold the bottle six inches away and lift the hair as you spray so you hit the roots’ underside to give hair oomph from the inside out, says Lee.
Stock up on dry shampoo
If you haven’t discovered this miracle product yet, it’s time. Dry shampoos were created to help absorb extra oil at the scalp, and most are essentially liquefied powder. But they have the added benefit of fattening up hair (albeit only until the next time you wash it). How the fattening-up works: As the powder dries on your hair, it slightly thickens each strand. Apply dry shampoo primarily at the root, and you have instant lift that will last the whole day. Our all-time favorite is Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($18; YOUR SCALP AND STRANDS
“Skin cancer on the scalp is fairly common,” says -Downie. “And it’s more of a risk as you age and your hair starts to thin. Women are often totally unaware of how much UV exposure they’re actually getting.” So how do you stay protected, given that styling products don’t offer SPF? Employ these tricks.
Paint your part
“If your part is wide enough that you’re able to see scalp, you need to protect that skin every day in the summer, not just when you’re at the beach or pool,” says Downie. Her strategy: Dip a cotton swab into the sunscreen you use for your face, then apply directly to the part. Another idea: “I tell women all the time, Move your part around,” says Cunnane Phillips. “Switch it so the same patch of scalp isn’t always uncovered. Pull it all back, then move your part an inch to the right or left or switch sides altogether,” she says.
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