Summer Lovin' Hair: Fight Frizz and Limp Locks

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Bountiful Braid

While we'll always love the playfulness of a ponytail, there's a "new" hairdo in town: the sleek braid. A braid not only keeps your hair away from your face just as effectively as a ponytail, but it also lets you condition your hair as you go about your day, with no one the wiser. "In fact, you can make a moisturizing treatment your sole styling product," recommends Garrison. (If your hair is curly, you should also use a bit of gel to tame any flyaways.) Remember to keep the braid simple and close to your head, off the nape of your neck and hanging straight down: Anything higher will look too childish.

THE MISSION: Boost Limp Locks

Women with fine and limp hair face a year-round dilemma that worsens in summer. The main culprit -- just as it is for curly-haired people -- is humidity, which weakens the hold of your styling products, says McMaster. "Also, fine hair has less strength and substance than thicker hair -- like the difference between a thread and a piece of wool -- making it harder to create lift," she says. Summer's heat also activates the oil glands on the scalp, so if your hair is already oily, you can expect even more issues. Sort of makes you wish for winter's return, doesn't it?

THE RESCUE

It's imperative that you shampoo often, ideally with a volumizing shampoo, such as (1) L'Oreal Paris Vive Pro Style and Body Infusing Shampoo, $4.99. A volumizing shampoo will rid the scalp of the oil that drags your hair down, as well as help thicken your hair before you add any styling products. If you hate the idea of shampooing every day, then keep a dry shampoo handy, such as (2) Fekkai Wash & Wear Instant Shampoo Spray, $20, which attracts and lifts product buildup and oil off the hair. Instead of using a traditional conditioner, saturate your wet hair with a lightweight yet hydrating leave-in conditioner, such as (3) C.O. Bigelow Leave-in Conditioning Detangling Spray, $12. How you style your wet hair also plays a big role in how it will look when it's dry. Therefore, use styling products that promise "high hold" (these are less vulnerable to the melting powers of humidity) and target your roots with the heat of your blow-dryer to create height. "Use a small round brush and let hair cool down before pulling the brush away. This will help the hair set into that shape," says Wayne Vincent, owner of New York City's Red Salon and an Emmy-nominated hairstylist for One Life to Live.

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