The Best Summer Hair Tips from the Pros
The most in-demand celebrity hairstylists share their secrets for every type and texture
For Curly Hair
The Pro: Nai'vasha
Her Must-Haves: I believe less is more — I don’t even use heat tools. The humidity makes it challenging to control my hair, so after towel-drying, I apply Kérastase Discipline Spray Fluidissime [$37; sephora.com] from roots to ends, then brush it through. In between washes, I mist my curls with rose water to refresh them. [Try: Alteya Organics USDA Organic Bulgarian Rose Water, $8.97 (for 3.4 oz.); vitaminshoppe.com.]
Hot-Weather Hack: I love my hair to look really big, so I flip my head over and separate the strands from the roots to mid-lengths. It creates the illusion of double the hair. I call it the invisible tease!
For Fine Hair
The Pro: Bridget Brager
Her Must-Haves: I swear by Herbal Essences Potent Aloe + Hemp Shampoo [$5.99; target.com] because it cleanses hair and leaves it nourished without weighing it down. I’ve also been using the Mermade Hair Waver [$69; mermadehair.us]. It creates a beachy texture, no curling needed.
Hot-Weather Hack: My bangs get greasy during the summer, and there’s no way I can go without washing them more often. But instead of shampooing all my hair, I section out my bangs to cleanse just them, then style as usual. And I always carry blotting sheets with me. I dab my forehead when I feel sweaty to keep the oil out of my bangs.
For Frizzy Hair
The Pro: Sally Hershberger
Her Must-Haves: A moisture-wicking hair towel like the Aquis Rapid Dry Hair Turban [$30; sephora.com] dries hair quickly after the shower and helps reduce frizz. My go-to product is my own Sally Hershberger 24K Liquid Assets Daily Conditioning Remedy [$32; sallyhershberger.com] to hydrate. It’s perfect after a dip in the pool. And I love K18 Hair’s K18Peptide Masque [$75; khairpep.com], which leaves my hair strong, soft and smooth!
Hot-Weather Hack: Before bed, spray a bit of leave-in conditioner in your hair, then braid it (make two braids for thick hair, four braids for thin) to wake up to effortless waves.
For Color-Treated Hair
The Pro: Kristin Ess
Her Must-Haves: I created my own Kristin Ess Hair Signature Hair Gloss [$14; at Target stores] for selfish reasons: I needed a way to bring my red back to life after it fades in the summer sun. Another thing I love is Supergoop Poof Part Powder SPF 45 [$34; nordstrom.com] for my pale, sensitive scalp. I pump some on my part when I’m going in the pool.
Hot-Weather Hack: To get my hair off my neck, I have a two-minute trick: I wrap my hair in a bun and secure it with an oversize U-shaped pin.
For Dry Hair
The Pro: Aviva Perea
Her Must-Haves: Shampoo can dry out my hair, so in the summer I switch to Amika Nice Cream Cleansing Conditioner [$22; loveamika.com], which is a co-wash that replenishes moisture. Then I apply Hairstory Hair Balm [$36; hairstory.com]. It’s part leave-in conditioner, part curl cream and part frizz fighter.
Hot-Weather Hack: The only time I comb my hair is in the shower when it has conditioner in it. Otherwise it breaks up the curl pattern and creates frizz.
For Straight Hair
The Pro: Bok-Hee
Her Must-Haves: Products and sweat can weigh down my hair, so I use a bit of Weleda Skin Food [$18.99; dermstore.com] to create a surfer-vibe texture. And since dyeing your hair can make it more fragile (I’ve been bleaching mine for 18 years!), I apply a mask before I go swimming to protect it from the chlorine. [Try: Shea Moisture Coconut & Cactus Water Lite Masque, $3.99; sheamoisture.com.]
Hot-Weather Hack: I go to bed with damp hair. It gives you volume you can’t get from a blow-dryer.