Lighten Up Your Summer Look

Easy, fresh ideas in hair, makeup and skin.
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Hair

Warm-weather beauty means a fun, vibrant glow with minimal effort. Here, your guide to the breeziest looks in hair, skin and makeup.

The number one rule of summer haircare: work with your texture, not against it. "When it's so hot, the last thing you want to do is struggle with your hair in the bathroom for hours," says Richard Marin, stylist for Marcia Gay Harden and Brooke Shields and style consultant for John Frieda Brilliant Brunette. By applying one or two products designed to enhance what you already have, your hair will look its best -- no sweat.

Wavy

"Wavy hair is very trendy right now," says Zak Milligan, a stylist at Avon Salon and Spa in New York City. So pack away that flat iron and give your hair a much-needed break from constant straightening.

How to style: Look for texturizing creams for gentle shaping. "Just a dab of cream applied when hair is damp lets it air dry nicely into piecey waves," says Milligan. A sea salt spray delivers an authentic back-from-the beach feel.

What to try: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream ($6.99) or KMS Turnstylr Sea Salt Spray ($9.95).

Curly

Save sleek blowouts for fall. Any extra moisture in the air will seep into your naturally curly 'do, returning ringlets to even the most perfectly straightened hair and even adding dreaded frizz -- ugh!

How to style: "Naturally curly hair looks gorgeous when you don't fuss with it too much," says Milligan. A gel, curl-defining creams or and anti-frizz serum will help ease the styling battle. Just scrunch it in and air dry.

What to try: Ralph by Ralph Lauren Saved By the Gel ($12.50), defines curls and has the same fruity scent as the signature fragrance. Run a bit through hair and you'll end up with fragrant waves. Paves Flawless It's a Wrap Repairing Defining Finish Cream ($5.99), gives dry hair sexy texture and shine. Alterna Caviar Shampoo with Age-Control Complex ($19) has sunscreen to keep locks protected and hydrated. Kusco-Murphy Beach Hair ($25) is slightly shimmery, and features coconut and crushed bamboo for a tousled effect. Matrix Curl.Life Contouring Cream ($12.95), enhances ringlets while battling frizz.

Psst... Few people know that straightening balm - intended to flatten hair - is the best way to quickly loosen curls and waves, resulting in minimal frizz and relaxed curls, says Marin.

Straight

Straight hair goes limp at the very first encounter with humidity. Help it along with easier-for-summer volumizing products.

How to style: "Stay away from sprays with alcohol, since they'll dry out hair even more in higher temperatures," says Marin. Or, twist your wet strands into a braid for a cute look that'll leave you with soft waves after you undo it.

 
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