Tired of dealing with frizzy, flat, and dry hair? Don’t fret! Instead, let’s embrace your unique locks and learn how to care for them the right way. With expert guidance and personalized styling products, we’re here to ensure you enjoy fantastic hair days all summer long!
If Your Hair is Fine & Frizzy
Long-term commitment: “One of the main concerns for those with fine hair is managing frizz and flyaways, especially in humid conditions,” advises Rodney Cutler, the owner of Cutler/Redken salon in New York City. Fine hair can often appear lackluster and dry, especially if over-processed. If you color your hair, it’s best to stick to shades close to your natural color to maintain a healthy and shiny appearance. Here’s how to keep fine hair under control:
- Start with a moisturizing shampoo to hydrate and tame frizz.
- Apply conditioner from the mid-shaft to the ends to seal the cuticle and enhance shine.
- After towel-drying, use a lightweight mousse from roots to ends for added volume.
- Divide your hair into three sections (back, center, and top).
- Begin blow-drying the back section with a large round brush, ensuring the cuticle lies flat. Repeat this process for the other sections.
Avoid sticky hairsprays, as they can be too drying for fine hair. Additionally, refrain from washing your hair daily to preserve its natural oils that combat frizz.
Pro Tip: To revive volume and extend the life of your blowout, sleep with your hair in a loose bun. In the morning, release the bun and fluff your hair with your fingers.
If Your Hair is Thin & Flat
Long-term commitment: Want to add some oomph to your hair? Consider opting for a shorter, textured, layered cut. Hallie Bowman, a celebrity stylist for Pantene, recommends this to camouflage thin hair. You can also establish a daily routine to naturally boost your lackluster hair.
- Begin by using a volume-enhancing shampoo in the shower.
- Apply conditioner only to the ends to prevent weighing down your hair, especially at the roots.
- On towel-dried hair, spritz a volumizing spray at the crown.
- Flip your hair over and apply a texturizing spray to the ends.
- Blow-dry with your head upside down, working your fingers from back to front. Once dry, flip your hair back and use your hands to create a piecey style.
Avoid excessive use of pomade or conditioner, as it can make fine hair appear greasy quickly.
Pro Tip: Carry a travel-size hairspray in your bag to quickly revive limp hair and control scalp oil.
If Your Hair is Coarse & Curly
Long-term commitment: A great curly style starts with an excellent haircut, says Shelley Davis, the creator of Kinky-Curly hair care. Find a stylist who understands the unique needs of thick, curly hair. For recommendations, visit naturallycurly.com. Caring for your curls doesn’t have to be a chore. Follow these simple steps:
- Wash with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to retain natural oils.
- Hydrate your hair with a generous amount of leave-in conditioner.
- Using a wide-tooth comb, distribute the conditioner from roots to ends.
- Divide damp hair into small sections and finger-comb a hydrating styling cream to combat frizz while allowing your hair to air-dry.
Steer clear of styling products that can cause curly hair to dry out and frizz quickly, such as alcohol-based sprays and heated styling tools.
Pro Tip: Look for products containing aloe vera (promotes healthy growth), panthenol (vitamin B5, improving elasticity), and silk protein (strengthens hair from within) to boost the health of your curly hair.