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Gorgeous, healthy hair is hard to come by, particularly in the summer months when the high humidity, heat, chlorine and salt water create a perfect storm of damage that can quickly and easily dehydrate locks, leaving them dry, damaged, lackluster and wanting.
Top stylist, Kylee Heath, routinely makes magic for celebs like Sofia Vergara, Rosamund Pike, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Garner and Kristen Stewart. Clearly, she knows a thing or two about preventing the dreaded dry-out and not winding up with broken, brittle strands. If you want healthy, strong, younger-looking hair that’s the envy of all, keep in mind that a little care goes a long way.
Here, Heath shares her top tips for your best summer hair:
1) Repair hair from the inside. A good supplement can rehab your hair from within. My favorite is Hum Nutrition’s Runway Ready ($35), to-go packs. Besides glowing skin and stronger nails, the Vitamin E (included to improve capillary growth, increase follicle circulation and prevent split ends) and Biotin-rich (known to strengthen the hair and prevent hair loss) formula gives you shinier, fuller hair.
2) Oil up. Sleep with coconut oil (or your preferred natural oil) on your hair when you know you’ll have time to wash it in morning. To do, apply it from mid-shaft though to the ends, comb through and braid or lightly twist it up and out of the way while you sleep. Heath recommends Spectrum Naturals Organic Refined Coconut Oil ($16), rich in fatty acids and lauric acid, to penetrate the hair shaft, moisturize and help reduce protein loss.
3) Brush with care. When brushing, you can avoid snags and breakage by always starting from the ends and slowly working your way up. It’s an old beauty tip staple but well worth repeating again and again since major damage is done this way.
4) Go au natural…especially if you color your hair. Between color and heat styling, your hair could be in some serious trouble when you add in the elements. Minimize the heat you are using on your hair by allowing your hair to air-dry or only blow-drying your bangs for a change. Add a bit of product if you tend to frizz or create strategically-placed texture with an iron if necessary.
5) Substitute with dry shampoo. Don’t wash your hair every day. When you wash your hair every day, in addition to stripping it of its natural oils, you are most likely heat styling it as well. Instead, skip a day or two of wet cleansing and use a dry shampoo to get you through day two and day three. On these “dirty” days, you can switch things up with braids, ponytails and updos which all take better to “dirty” hair anyway. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($22) refreshes with rice starch to absorb excess oil and dirt. Used between shampoos, it deodorizes, conditions and creates added texture and volume as well. To use, simply spray scalp area and massage with fingertips.