If you live in L.A., sweaty, greasy hair is probably all too familiar as of late. When the temperature hits 120°, all bets are off. Same goes for New Yorkers. Especially if you're waiting on the subway platform in the inferno-like summer heat we're currently having, whatever hairstyle you were able to create in your apartment soon turns into sad, salty remains of your hard work. Wherever you are, summer isn't particularly gentle on our strands—hence, a ponytail or a bun becomes our default hairstyle.
But your mane shouldn't have to succumb to the heat. That's what Nick Penna, owner and lead stylist at SalonCapri, says, at least. And because we're so desperate for beautiful hair in the summertime, we're taking his words as gospel. Below, Penna shares his six best tips for having amazing hair despite the rising temperatures. Keep scrolling to learn more!
"I wouldn’t suggest forgoing styling products altogether, but keep in mind that product buildup only adds to greasy hair. Try sticking to powder-based products to soak up oil or look for products that are two-in-one, like a dry shampoo that's also a volumizer."
"Styles that are close to the head (like sleek, pin-straight strands) are prone to getting oily. When blow-drying, concentrate on blowing hair up and away from the scalp for the most volumized look you can achieve. The farther away your strands are from the scalp, the longer they will stay fresh."
"Everyone knows that you should concentrate on putting conditioner from midshaft to ends of hair, but using the right amount is also key. Generally, people use too much conditioner thinking it's the right amount and end up with greasy strands. It all depends on length, thickness and hair type, so be sure to ask your stylist the correct amount for your individual needs."
"Every time you touch your hair and scalp, your fingers are dispersing more oil, and you'll have a hard time making your strands look any less greasy."
"When you're at home or about to lie in bed, twist your hair around your finger and wrap your hair around itself to form a bun on the top of your head and keep it in place with a hair clip. The more your hair is off of your neck and contained at the top of your head, the less likely sweat is going to form on the back of your neck or around your hairline, which contributes to greasy-looking hair."
"When you've exhausted every other option, use a wet-look mousse to slick back strands into a ballerina bun or tight ponytail. These styles work with oily strands and are a great disguise for greasy hair—especially at the roots."
Need more styling ideas? Try these gorgeous summer styles.