Help prepare your hair for summer with Antonio's great tips.

summer hair

Salt water sexy? No!

Dryness and Breakage

If you have challenged hair, I have to ask—what brushes and combs are you using? Ask your stylist for a recommendation based on your hair type. I have seen many a plastic brush (full of curls) whipped out from a client's purse. Make sure you have the proper tools you need for a successful hair summer!

Fighting frizz is no easy task, so never shy away from adding an extra product or two to your hair care routine. Winter hair products simply do not work the same in the summer.

Summer is the perfect opportunity to learn easy ways to style your hair. Layering the right products and avoiding the blow dryer and curling irons further prevents damage during the summer. Embrace your naturally beautiful curls by twisting your hair to create curl definition. And here's another opportunity to learn a new trick— air drying your hair can be great for your curls, so if you haven't tried it, now's the time!

Dastardly Culprits!

Ponytail holders—violators all! These culprits only damage your poor unsuspecting hair.

Pools with salt water are additional culprits that cause hair breakage. I remember a client, who for health reasons, changed her pool from chlorine to salt water. She would swim every day, leaving the salt in her hair for that “added lift and textured sex appeal.” She had demi-permanent color (demi-permanent color is considered gentle and ammonia-free), so she was not too worried about the damaging effects. Well, as certain as night follows day, three months later we had to cut seven inches off her hair! The texture salt water creates might be sexy, but like a good-looking bad date, could end up being your biggest nightmare.

So here’s to success this summer! KISS it by Keeping It Simple & Stylish!

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Antonio Gonzales is a stylist at Orlo Salon in New York City. Vogue magazine recently named him as one of the rising hairstylist stars in New York. He has been named a Shear Genius by Gotham Magazine and was featured in Allure Magazine as one of the Best Cuts 2009.