If your locks are a little lackluster this season, join the club. Heat and humidity can be hard on your hair! But you can reverse seasonal hair woes in a flash with these easy and affordable pro-approved summer hair tricks. The remedies below will have you looking fab in a flash!
Tone down brassy color with a violet-tinted shampoo.
To blame for blond locks taking on an orangey cast? Overexposure to the sun and swimming in chlorinated water, says celebrity colorist Mike Petrizzi. His advice: Wash hair from roots to ends with a purple-tinged shampoo once a week. Since orange and purple are opposite from each other on the color wheel, the violet hue neutralizes the brassy tones in hair for gorgeous, golden color.
■ ONE TO TRY: Pantene Sunlit Blondie Purple Shampoo ($14.69, Amazon)
Boost limp locks with a DIY tonic.
Together, thick hair and high heat create an overload in scalp sweat, which can weigh down even the fullest head of hair, says celebrity hairstylist Gina Rivera. Her solution: A mint-infused coconut water spritz. The fruit’s minerals plump strands while mint’s menthol cools the scalp and lifts follicles up at the root for va-va volume.
■ TRY IT! In a spray bottle, add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of coconut water, and 8 drops of peppermint oil. Mist all over damp hair.
Pre-treat resistant grays with a secret weapon.
Hair-dehydrating UV rays cause wiry gray strands to become even coarser, a texture that makes dye penetration difficult. Petrizzi’s fix? Treat the stubborn grays with developer (the solution you mix with dye so it can penetrate strands) before coloring. “It softens and opens hair’s cuticle to help dye absorb even better.”
■ TRY IT! Soak a cotton ball in 20 volume developer (like AGEbeautiful 20 Volume Gentle Creme Developer, from $2.89, Sally Beauty) and dab it onto grays; rinse after five minutes. Dry. Next, color hair and let sit 10 minutes longer than box instructions for maximum absorption and gray coverage.
Smooth frizzy hair with beer.
When parched hair seeks out hydration, it grabs onto the moisture in humid air. The overabundance of water swells strands, resulting in a frizzy mess! To help, Rivera suggests rinsing hair with beer. “The brew’s silicon deeply hydrates, while its protein strengthens and seals hair’s cuticle so moisture can’t get in.”
■ TRY IT! Pour a 12-oz. can of room temperature beer onto damp hair. Let sit five minutes before rinsing. Tip: Use only once every other week, since the alcohol in beer can be drying.
Refresh dull grays with a ‘soap cap.’
Hair that lacks pigment easily picks up colors from things like chlorine, shower water, and product residue, causing strands to look dull and discolored, says Petrizzi. But a strategic mix of bleach, developer, and shampoo can gently lift unwanted pigment from hair — fast.
■ TRY IT! Mix 1/4 cup each of shampoo, powder bleach (like Wella Powder Lightener Packette, $3.99, Sally Beauty), and developer (see above). While wearing gloves, apply evenly to damp hair. Let sit 5–10 minutes; rinse.
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