Summer weather can be nothing short of abysmal, and we can't help but notice how the heat changes our hair. Frizz, oily roots, and just an overall limpness to our strands are all unfortunate side effects of the warmer months. Even if oppressive humidity, paper-dry air, or any other form of weather keeps you locked in an air-conditioned room all day long, the outside environment still takes a toll on our hair when the mercury rises, and we'll take all the assistance we can get.
That's why we turned to celebrity stylist Daniel Martin for his best hot-weather tips.
How Do You Fix Flat Hair During Summer?
While a lack of volume might be a bummer to some, Martin says the key is to embrace it. "I think that flat hair is cool. What you don't want is lifeless hair. To me, summertime is about embracing your natural texture, so with the heat and everything, wearing an overstyled hairstyle doesn't work. To really embrace your texture, I love using the following products, all of which are designed to either boost volume or minimize it: Goldwell The Accentuating Finish Crème [Ed. note: Use the salon-finder link to discover where to buy products near you] for all types of hair, just to give it (especially the ends) a healthy shine and finish, which is also great for sleek ponytails and loose beach waves; curl cream for giving curly or wavy hair a great, natural, non-frizzy finish; and volumizing mousse to pump up the hair with natural volume if you don't want the style so flat." We are partial to Ouai Finishing Créme ($24).
Is It Possible to Give Hair Volume and a New Life Without Using Too Much Product?
It's all in the haircut and styling choices," explains Martin. "On medium and thicker hair, ask for some loose layers (not short ones!) just to remove the weight and give it some movement. Some shorter texturizing in the interior of the haircut (your stylist knows what that means) will also give some style support. For styling, get a vent brush and forget the round brushes. Use products like Goldwell's Top Whip Mousse and apply at the scalp/root area to ventilate the hair (that's why they call it a 'vent brush' and lift the hair away from the scalp)." Check out the Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse ($28) for an instant boost.
"For finer hair types, don't cut layers in, as it will make your hair look thinner. Keep all the length you can to 'bulk up' your hair. Then, use volumizing mousse at the roots and blow-dry your hair upside down. Finish it with the Kerasilk Texturizing Finish Spray. Another hint is to use dry shampoo. It gives it texture and great body!" We love Amika's Dry Shampoo ($25).
How About Fighting Poufy "Humidity Hair"?
Martin says it's all in the product. "Hands down, it's the KMS California Hair Stay Anti-Humidity Seal ($20). It's a lightweight finishing spray that repels humidity and keeps hair sleek. I also love using it for the beautiful, natural-looking shine that it gives hair. The best way to use it is to spray lightly through finished hair." (Byrdie HQ also loves Living Proof's Humidity Shield, $23.) Martin recommends depositing only a little bit of product onto fine hair so as not to weigh the hair down.
For curly hair, he suggests using a curl cream and then following up with the Anti-Humidity Seal.
What Are Some Easy Summer Hairstyles?
Martin recommends using a pomade because of its versatility. "You can slick it back or accentuate a curl or wave, and it doesn't get crunchy, and you can constantly remold/reshape the hair."
If your hair is curly, Martin says to accentuate your curls and let them do their thing. For wavy hair, he suggests using a sea salt spray like Playa's Endless Summer Spray ($24) for a beachy texture. If you've got straight hair, Martin loves a sleek, tucked-behind-the-ears 'do.
Opt for a braid, but keep it messy and not too fussy, says Martin. "It's almost like the hair should look like it was just sectioned randomly and quickly braided—messy texture and all." He recommends using a sea salt spray and a little wax for some control and finishing. Martin also suggests trying a sleek ponytail by applying gel from the crown to the ponytail holder and then letting the ponytail itself have a little bit of texture. To complete the look, use a little bit of finishing cream.
For all hair lengths, Martin also suggests trying a "wet set" where you comb a styling cream through your hair and then set it into some large braids or twists. When the hair is completely dry, undo the style, brush through, and add some finishing cream.
How Can Manage Our Oil Production?
It feels like we're washing our hair more than usual in the summer, what with the sweaty commutes and unbearable heat. But Martin says the key is to wash infrequently and with a gentle shampoo—nothing too clarifying that will strip away your hair and cause your glands to produce more oil to compensate. Instead, make dry shampoo your friend and use it to sop up extra oil in-between washes.
Martin also suggests paying attention to the way in which you wash your hair to prevent excess oil from forming. "When conditioning the hair, keep the conditioner at the ends of the hair. You don't need any more oil or conditioning at the scalp." He says the same applies to styling products. "Use drier types of products and sprays more than gels or pastes or anything that will add more oil to the hair. And again, keep a dry shampoo handy."
Quotes have been edited and condensed for content.
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