Get Out of Summer Hair Hell

2012-07-12 22:14:08

Get Out of Summer Hair Hell

Learn how to solve summertime hair problems.

You Got Caught in the Rain

Keep a hair-mergency pack stashed in your purse with a few bobby pins, ponytail holders and a stretchy headband. Then you'll be ready for anything unexpected like a torrential downpour or a sudden bout of humidity. Here, Potempo gives easy hairstyles for every hair length.

Short Hair: Sometimes the texture from frizz can work in your favor. Twist small sections of hair into little buns in the back and secure them with bobby pins. If your hair isn't long enough to pull back, twist and pin the front section of your hair or bangs up to create a small pompadour, which will add volume in any hair disaster.

Shoulder-Length Hair: A cute ponytail and a thin elastic headband are the perfect quick fix for a rainy day. If you only have a bobby pin, try braiding or twisting two pieces of the damp, front section and secure behind your ear. This will give you a cute look as the rest of your hair dries.

Long Hair: Start with a small braid in the front that leads into a low bun. The style prevents a wet ponytail from slapping against your back!

Your Hair Is Lifeless and Limp Like Wet Spaghetti

Just as with skin-care products, you may need to swap out your cold-weather regimen for formulas that help your hair react better in the heat. "Avoid products that have an oil or cream base, as they can cause your hair to fall flat and look lifeless," says Potempo. "Water-based volumizers can add a boost to your hair when you need it, or you can spritz a long-lasting antihumidity hairspray at your roots and blast them with a blow-dryer to lock in place."

If you're not one to turn to styling products, "make sure your shampoo and conditioner aren't weighing your hair down," says Potempo. Use only a small amount of shampoo since a little goes a long way, and concentrate on lathering your scalp. Use conditioner only on the ponytail of your hair, since your roots tend to get moisture from the natural oils produced by your scalp.

Try Aussie Cleanse and Mend Shampoo and Conditioner, $8.49 each;

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