There really is nothing truly better than a fresh and voluminous blowout. Unfortunately, summer isn't too kind to our sleek salon look, with all the heat, humidity, sweat and UV rays conspiring to ruin our once-gorgeous blowout. To ensure better hair days ahead, we spoke to a handful of experts to get their insider tips (plus product picks) on how to make your summer blowout last for days. Trust us, with hacks these good, you may rethink how you shower and style altogether.
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Rinse your hair with cool water
Although it may be tempting to use lukewarm water on your tresses while showering, Lisa Richards, co-founder of RPZL (a New York City-based blowout and extension bar) says that you should always try to rinse your hair with cool water after that much-needed shampoo this summer. Doing so will help seal the hair cuticle, priming your locks for that perfect humidity-proof blowout.
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Use a good treatment mask
A good treatment mask can also be helpful when it comes to preserving your summer blowout, as it can help tame frizz without making hair feel unbearably heavy. "When you head into the shop to get your blowout, bring in the Evolis Reverse Mask, $40, and ask the shampoo girl to swap out their house conditioner for this," says Susan Roberts-Cooper master colorist and Co-Founder of Colour Collective. "The mask deeply hydrates without weighing the hair down and keeps frizzy ends caused by humidity at bay."
Make sure to use heat protectors when styling
Fighting humidity-induced frizz also starts with the right styling product. It's important to use sun and heat protectors on your strands in order to keep unwanted puffiness and UV damage at bay. "Try to use heat protectors on wet hair before blowing out during the summer. I love to use Rene Furterer Solaire Protective Summer Fluid, $26, as it's both a heat protector and a sunblock, which protects your hair against damaging UV rays," Richards says.
Avoid products with alcohol
While heat protectors work wonders on hair, it's important to check your product labels carefully. Alcohol can be very dehydrating to the hair and can cause unwanted frizz, says Nelson Vercher, senior stylist at Rita Hazan Salon. To avoid any damage, he recommends looking for moisturizing creams and sprays that are specifically designed to fight humidity. (Try Vernon Francois Leave-In Conditioner, $28.)