Summer is not exactly synonymous with good hair days. The heat, humidity, chlorine and sea water can all lead to frizz, dry ends and a damaged looking mane. But what if there was a solution? According to Kattia Salano, hair expert and owner of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City, there is. Here, she shares her top tips for three days of flawless summer hair.
Day 1: Set your curl and base look.
Prep: You will want to start your three days of fabulous style with the foundation of a great moisturizing shampoo and conditioner/hair mask. Oribe’s Gold Lust conditions, adds shine, and keeps hair nourished and soft without ever feeling heavy. Post shower it’s important not to brush or comb out curls again in order to retain their natural shape.
- First let hair air dry and gently twist hair and shake out excess moisture. Do not disturb your curls while they dry to get the most out of definition.
- Then apply a leave-in hair oil for moisture and softness at the ends working your way up.
- Follow with curling gel styler that’s light but has hold. Taking quarter sections of hair, apply product starting at ends and work your way to the roots. Avoid running your fingers through. The key is to twist/lightly scrunch the product onto the hair’s surface without disrupting curl shape.
Day 2: Transition to beachy waves.
Prep: On this day we’re using hair’s natural fullness to perfect a boho, beachy look so don’t be afraid of a little frizz, it’s the new texture. Frizz is in and finally in style – the messiness is really what makes this look.
- Using your hands as a comb, loosen your curls to create more volume, flipping your head over to help build body.
- Next apply a generous application of Oribe Apres Beach spray to hold in your waves. Apply spray from the bottom with nozzle facing up and allow a few inches of distance. Don’t be afraid to spray somewhat aggressively (lift hair sections using your fingers to better target your aim) Separate hair between fingertips as you spray and continue raking through with your hands, running fingers down to the ends to break up hair waves. Piece out the ends of hair with your fingertips to enhance the tousle. The product will leave a nice shine finish.
- For sun protection, a hair accessory is always a nice touch. Soft cotton fabric scarfs are a great choice because they won’t slide around like a silky material. Bring back and tie one knot sitting at your occipital bone. Tie again, choosing a resting placement in the middle or off to one side. Take end of one tie band and tuck under then above the knot with the other end to create a rosebud shape, which will stay on better.
- To finish, I personally prefer to pack Oribe’s multiuse Dry texturizing spray over a hairspray for great hold without a sticky residue. The product promotes texture and will refresh hair and help rework your waves anytime. (TIP: you can also apply SPF/sunscreen to your ends to give them extra protection from the sun)
Day 3: Style and treat hair in one with a top knot.
By now your hair has most likely been swimming in salt water, sand, chlorine, and has been excessively exposed to the sun’s rays – making it the prime time for a treatment knot.
- First apply a generous amount of Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Camellia oil from roots to ends. For added moisture, combine with a leave-in conditioner
- Next, you’re going to create your knot. Flip head over and use a hair tie as tightly as possible to create your ponytail base – then on the last loop, wrap the remaining hair around and use a pin to secure. You may also create a plait here if you prefer a braided look.
- Gently pull on your bun or braid with your finger tips and move your knot out and around slightly until you’ve settled on a playful shape. Later in the day, wash and shampoo your hair when you get home/before bed. The next day your hair will be ready to shine on and start anew! (TIP: When hair lengths are wrapped up into a knot/braid it leaves less of the hair exposed to the sun, therefore resulting in less dryness and prevention for color fading.)