Everyone loves the arrival of warm summer days and the relaxed, beachy vibe the season brings. But taming summer tresses is its own Olympic event. Even the most perfect morning coif can come completely undone the second you step outside.
It’s not your fault. Blame warm, humid weather, when hydrogen sets up bonds between water molecules and hair proteins, which absorb the extra moisture and make strands coil, causing straight hair to become wavy, while thick, curly hair becomes frizzy.
Celebrity stylist and owner of Beauty Social Salon in Astoria, NY, Angela Calisti, whose clients include actress Jena Ortega and model Sofia Richie, has a few solutions to help you care for your hair and keep it looking its best—especially when it’s especially vulnerable to frizz.
Calisti says if you are looking for a long-term solution to tame your frizzy hair in the summer heat, you can’t go wrong with a keratin treatment that keeps curls sleek. But if you don’t have the time to schedule treatment and are looking for a quick fix before you can hit the salon, Calisti says to mix an oil and cream together and use it sparingly.
She recommends Ouai Hair Oil. This oil is lightweight and can be used on wet hair before you air dry or blow out and can also be combed through dry hair to tame frizz while protecting your color and giving you a high-gloss shine. It’s free of sulfates and paragons and has a relaxing, light floral scent.
A great cream to keep your curls looking their best minus the frizz factor is Bumble and Bumble Curl Defining Creme. It keeps your locks hydrated and curls sleek and under control and is good for all hair types. Apply to wet or dry hair working from mid-shaft through your ends.
To keep your hair strong and hydrated, a plant-based, salon-strength mask can make all the difference. The Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask seals your hair from tips to roots, leaving your scalp healthy and your ends protected from the elements.
“Steer clear of any products that contain alcohol, as it dries out your hair and will be sure to make your frizz situation worse in the long run,” says Calisti. Since frizzy hair is naturally dry, Calisti recommends washing hair only once a week if you can get away with it and using a silk pillowcase—it will prevent friction while sleeping, which can lead to breakage and split ends.
Air drying is best, but if you must blow dry your hair, use a diffuser since it won’t be as rough on your hair, says Calisti.
Not only will these products and tips keep your frizz at bay, but they will also help you maintain shiny, healthy looking hair all year round and will leave you wanting to show it off. Your days of shoving it under a hat or pulling it into a messy bun are done!