(Original story published on Wednesday June 17th, 2015 on Slice.ca.)
The summer is all about livin’ easy (slip-on dresses! light makeup! every meal al fresco!) but what about our hair? From the heat and humidity to chlorine and tight hair elastics, the sunny season is anything but easy on our strands.
Without special care, you’re bound to get plagued with oily, frizzy, dry, and breaking locks that will cause you to have some seriously bad hair days… which just doesn’t fit into our easy living summer lifestyle. Whether you need a restorative treatment for those sun-damaged strands or to prevent your mane from frizzing before setting off on an ultra-humid day, flip through for your personalized hair care cure.
Ideal For: Wavy Hair
Probably the most classic summer hair care product, Bumble and bumble’s Surf Infusion ($29) deserves a spot in everyone’s product line-up. It’s an oil- and salt-infused spray that creates soft, fresh-out-of-water waves, but without the crunchiness of salt water.
Ideal For: Hair in Need of a Little Something Extra
If you’re looking for a little something extra out of a hair product, Drybar’s Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner ($29) is the one to go for. It conditions, detangles and polishes hair while offering a golden shimmer that works on all hair types. Plus, it prevents hair from future damage and restores the elasticity.
Ideal For: Wavy Hair
When fuss-free, beachy waves is what you’re after, nothing beats the ocean. But what do you do when sea water is no where in sight? Enter Oribe’s Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($39). It’s a two-in-one spray that offers texture and shine to help create that covetable tousled look, but without the harmful salt or stiffening effects of the ocean.
Ideal For: Tangle-Prone Hair
Hair acting knotty? Go for Not Your Mother’s Knotty To Nice Conditioning Detangler ($6). It’s an easy spray infused with Brazillian Keratin to condition and moisturize sticky locks to leave you with silky-smooth (a.k.a. pain-free) strands.
Ideal For: Frizzy, Dry and Tangled Hair
Solve all your summer hair woes in one simple step, with Kérastase’s Nutritive Masque Oléo-Relax ($63). It will de-frizz, nourish, and detangle your mane to give you smooth, soft and shiny hair. Plus, it doesn’t take long to work. Just apply a small amount to towel-dried hair, leave on for five to ten minutes, and rinse.
Ideal For: Dry, Frizz-Prone Hair
Lock out frizz without losing your style, with Alterna Haircare’sBamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hair Spray ($18). Weightless, dry and humidity-resistant, this spray uses organic bamboo extract and organic kendi oil to offer moveable hold.
Ideal For: Thin, Tangled Hair
Fight through fussy knots with ease using Tangle Teezer’s Compact Styler ($20). Featuring teeth flex and flick, the brush glides through hair minimizing breakage, split-ends and any further damage.
Ideal For: Oily Hair
Whether playing sports outside or just commuting to and from the office, oily roots are pretty much a guarantee in the summer. For a quick and effective fix, go for Drybar’s Detox Dry Shampoo ($22). It absorbs oil while offering body and fullness to leave hair feeling fresh and lightweight.
Ideal For: Dry, Frizzy Hair
Combat frizzy, tangled and brittle strands with a simple hair oil you apply on damp hair before styling. Bumble and bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer($27) is a great option that also protects against breakage and UV damage.
Ideal For: Tangle-Prone and Chemical-Treated Hair
A tangled mane is enough to make a day at the beach – well – no day at the beach. Unite Eurotherapy’s 7 Seconds Condition ($22) works within (you guessed it) seven seconds to detangle your hair and leave it nourished and fortified with the ideal balance of protein and moisturizer. Ideal for chemically-treated hair, it locks in colour while also protecting strands from UV damage.
Ideal For: Weak Hair
For a quick fix for dull and damaged locks, go for an overnight hair mask that will repair your hair while you sleep. Sachajuan’s Overnight Hair Repair ($85) is a gel-based formula that builds the elasticity and strengths your locks, while offering fabulous shine.
Ideal For: Dry Hair Often in the Sun
Revitalize sun-parched hair with Alterna’s Bamboo Beach Summer Sun Recovery Spray($10). It’s a nourishing leave-in conditioner that penetrates hair to moisturize, thereby enhancing shine and protecting from future damage.
Ideal For: Freshly Coiffed Mane
There’s nothing sadder than leaving the house with a perfectly coiffed mane to find it flat, frizzy and just not the same after a step outside in the balmy weather. Prevent this beautydisaster by adding Oribe’sImpermeable Anti-Humidity Spray ($22) as the final step to your hair regimen. This little miracle spray reduces the effects of wind, sun and moisture to make flyaways and frizz a thing of the past.
Ideal For: Sun-Damaged Locks
Restore your locks from all their damage from the summer sun with Kérastase’s Chronologiste Kit ($149). Perfect for all hair types, this restorative treatment nourishes, hydrates and strengthens your mane, leaving strands soft, supple and shiny.
Ideal For: Thick, Wavy or Curly Hair
Have thick, frizzy hair? This one’s for you. Living Proof’s No Frizz Styling Cream ($36) will smooth hair to eliminate frizz, block humidity and will help define your natural wave or curl.
Ideal For: Wavy or Curly Hair
A great option for those with wavy or curly hair, Sephora Collection’s Tidy Detangling Comb ($8) features widely spaced teeth to detangle without hindering the texture.
Ideal For: Dry Hair
Restore the moisture in your locks with a standout shampoo like Ojon’s Dry Recovery Hydrating Shampoo ($25). If your tresses feel rough and straw-like, this shampoo will transform them into soft and silky strands.
Ideal For: Dry, Damaged Hair
Enriched with rosemary and willow extracts, Phytoplage’s Protective Sun Oil ($30) offer superior sun protection. Ideal for anyone with super dry, damaged hair and/or anyone continuously exposed to chlorine, this oil offers a UV filter and forms an anti-dehydration screen over hair to protect strands and their colour from the sun, sea and pool. It leaves hair with sexy, nourished wet look.
Ideal For: Frizzy Hair
Start blocking frizz right from the start. John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo ($6) hydrates hair and restores manageability so you can styleyour hair as you wish, and it will be equipped to fight off frizz for the rest of the day.
Ideal For: Frizzy Hair
And with the shampoo, comes the conditioner. John Frieda’sFrizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner ($6) helps to block frizz right from the start, so you can rock a smooth, shiny style all day.