Summer Lovin' Hair: Fight Frizz and Limp Locks
Cascade of Curls
In summer curly hair wants nothing more than to do what it's meant to do -- curl! And the only difference between smooth, bouncy curls and frizzy, fuzzy ones is a matter of choosing the right product and applying it correctly. First, saturate every strand with a curl-enhancing cream that's made for your hair type, whether it's thin- or thick-textured. (If your hair is very coarse, add an anti-frizz serum to the mix.) Then -- and this is crucial -- do not touch your hair since doing so will only encourage frizz. "The more you manipulate it, the more likely you are to disturb its shape," says Mark Garrison, a celebrity stylist and salon owner in New York City. Once your hair is approximately 90 percent dry, go ahead and loosen the curls with your fingers.THE MISSION: Fight Frizz
Frizz is something curly folks are all too familiar with, reports Cheri McMaster, principal hair scientist for Pantene. "Nearly 80 percent of people with wavy and curly hair have frizz, which is created by errant hairs that don't twist and turn in the same direction as the rest of the hair," says McMaster, adding that some straight-haired women have a few strays, too. Of course, summer's high heat and humidity exacerbate frizz because the natural tendency of hair is to suck in moisture from the environment, which can triple a strand's size. The result, of course, is major frizz.THE RESCUE
First, remember that your anti-frizz strategy begins in the shower. Start with a silicone-based shampoo for smoothing down the cuticle, such as (1) John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Ahead Daily Shampoo, $5.99, followed by the matching conditioner. Next, create a barrier between your hair and the environment with a coating of an anti-frizz styler, such as (2) Pantene Pro-V Restoratives Frizz Control Extra-Strength Serum, $4.99. Finally, whether you decide to blow-dry your hair straight or let it dry on its own, follow up with a spritz of conditioning hair spray. We like (3) KMS California FlatOut Anti-Humidity Seal, $15.95, which helps keep that wretched humidity out of your hair and in the environment where it belongs.