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19 Secrets From Top Hairstylists

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Start the Summer Off With a Haircut

"The summer is a great time to get a good, healthy cut. Get rid of all your dead ends and use the summer months to grow out your hair. Don’t be afraid to take an inch or two off the bottom. Use the summer to condition hair regularly and blow-dry less!" - Chris McMillan, Living Proof Hairstylist


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Don't Fight Frizz

"The key is to meet your hair halfway and don't fight it too hard. If you effectively tame the frizz, you don't need to fight the humidity because your hair's natural movement will look great.  Oribe Crème For Style is great for taming frizz while leaving some natural wave. Apply a nickel-sized amount to half-dried hair and twist it into a bun during the day, and then untwist it for evening." - Adam Livermore, Oribe Hair Care Educator
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Dry Hair is Key to Beating the Humidity

"It is essential to blow-dry hair completely before you step outside in the humidity. Any dampness left in the hair will help sneak the frizz back in when humid weather happens. Running your hands through your hair continuously throughout the day is another big no-no. The natural oil on your hands will also add to frizz." - Jennifer MacDougall, L'Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Hairstylist
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Masques Protect Hair From Environmental Stress


"Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color is loaded with antioxidants and sunscreens to protect your hair from environmental stress." - Adam Livermore, Oribe Hair Care Educator
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Bring Hair Products to the Beach

"L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Colour Glow Oil is your best friend in your beach bag and can be reapplied throughout the day to provide moisture, add shine and most importantly, protect your hair from UV rays. Following a day at the beach, I recommend using L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Nourishing Shampoo and L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Nourishing Masque to leave hair feeling soft and shiny." - Jennifer MacDougall, L'Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Hairstylist
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Choose Hairstyles That Look Good Wet AND Dry

"Boho braids, bombshell buns, sleek ponys. The great thing is all of these styles can be done on damp hair, dry hair or day-old dry hair." - Jennifer MacDougall, L'Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Hairstylist

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Avoid Hair Breakage With the Correct Tools and Accessories

"Be sure to use a thermal protectant before any heat styling tools, and NO metal brushes. Metal brushes heat up and become irons, which break the hair. Always use a natural bristle brush or boar bristles, which polishes the hair, not snaps it. During summer months I see tons of breakage from pulling hair back in tight ponytails with elastic and rubber bands. Always try to pull hair back gently and try tying it with a noose or use elastic with hooks, or bobby pins, or clips, hair jewelry, anything else!" - Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist, Oscar Blandi Salon


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Use Sunblock (Yes, Hair Sunblock Exists!)

"The most effective way to protect hair color from fading during the summer is to use sunblock for your hair every time you wash. I even think you should do this during the winter just the same way you use sunblock for your face all year round. Sunblock for your hair functions in the same way as sunblock for your skin, meaning that if you put SPF 30 on and lay out in the sun for a week, you will still get tan. Sunblock for your hair will slow the oxidation process but it won't completely stop it. So if you’re going to be at the beach or in direct sunlight, you should apply sunblock and also cover up with a hat or scarf." - Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist, Oscar Blandi Salon

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If You Have Oily Hair, Don’t Over-Cleanse

"Resist the urge to over-cleanse. It will only make the problem worse. Wash your hair once a day only, with a gentle cleanser like Oribe Ultra Gentle Shampoo. And if your roots get oily, douse them with Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray to absorb the oil." - Adam Livermore, Oribe Hair Care Educator
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If You Have Dry Hair, Condition Wisely

"Condition wisely. If you pack your hair full of too much protein with a deep conditioner, it will go from just dry to hard and brittle, and may even break off.  Smooth four or five pumps of Gold Lust into your hair every day. The argan oil in it will keep your hair supple and hydrated, not brittle." - Adam Livermore, Oribe Hair Care Educator


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Fill Cuticles With Oil

"If you’re going to be by a pool or salt water, then I like PhytoPlage which is an oil that contains a UV blocker of 30. The oil serves two purposes; besides being a UV blocker, it also fills the cuticle so it won't absorb all that chlorine and salt water. The cuticle of the hair is like a sponge. If you drop a sponge in a pool dry, it will absorb all that chlorinated water. If you wet the sponge first, it will float on top of the pool. So fill your cuticle with the oil before you get in the pool so it won't absorb the chlorinated water, then rinse with fresh water when you get out of the pool, reapply the sunblock and put your hat or scarf back on." - Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist, Oscar Blandi Salon
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Use a Clarifying Shampoo to Rid Hair of Chlorine

"If you do get any chlorine deposits on your hair, you can remove them with a clarifying shampoo like Ultraswim, or for an all-natural solution, you can use an apple cider vinegar rinse. If you have extreme chlorine and your hair is green and glowing, then you'll need to pull out the big guns and mix acetone with water and comb it through your hair in the shower. Be sure to shampoo out and follow with a deep conditioner to replace lost moisture. Just imagine what would happen to your favorite pair of Manolos if you dunked them in salt water and chlorine and then laid them out in the sun—well, that's what you’re doing to your $500 highlights, so cover your hair, and protect your investment!" - Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist, Oscar Blandi Salon

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Serums Are Your Friend

"If you want to wear your hair down, style with a serum. Serums are great for combating frizz. The new Satin Hair Serum from Living Proof is oil-free and silicone-free and works to lock out frizz so your style will remain smooth and frizz-free throughout the day." - Chris McMillan, Living Proof Hairstylist
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Sleep With a Humidifier

"For fine hair that can get flat from heavy conditioners and serums, try sleeping with a humidifier. This infuses moisture back to the hair from the inside out, and won't weigh it down." - Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist, Oscar Blandi Salon
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Remove Product Buildup With Apple Cider Vinegar

"Once a month try doing an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove product buildup, impurities, and chlorine deposits from the hair. You should follow this with a deep conditioning treatment to restore any lost moisture."
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Keep Hairstyles Simple

"Summer is more casual so you can keep your styles simple. Ponytails and buns are great, sexy looks for the summer. I love the hair pulled back with soft pieces around the face for a more natural look. For a more 'evening' look, twist hair up into a bun, again keeping soft, loose pieces around the face for a gentle finish." - Chris McMillan, Living Proof Hairstylist

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Mix an Aspirin With Your Shampoo

"An easy tip to remove product buildup and help with hard water in many country homes is to crush an aspirin and mix it with your shampoo. The salicylic acid in the aspirin is what makes this trick so effective. Again, always follow any clarifying treatment with a deep conditioner to replace lost moisture." - Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist, Oscar Blandi Salon
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Create Lift and Volume With Highlights

"If your hair is oily and fine, you are probably shampooing more often and will need something to lift and create volume throughout the hot summer days. I recommend having your colorist add a few balayage highlights using L'Oréal Professionnel INOA to your hair for summer; it will add fullness and dimension to your hair. The first must-have product for oil-prone hair is L'Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Root Spray, which contains Intra-Cylane to boost the fiber structure for added volume and is best sprayed on damp hair before a blowout. The second must-have product is Volumetry Powder Fresh SOS Refreshing Spray, which works to instantly revive the hair and scalp and rid any oil with its pocket-size bottle for the perfect on-the-go refresher." - Jennifer MacDougall, L'Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Hairstylist


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Fix Split Ends With Castor Oil

"Summer is a great time for letting hair air-dry for a relaxed beachy look. Instead of using greasy silicone serums, try dabbing a small amount of castor oil on any split ends. Castor oil is rich in omega-9 fatty acids and will fix those dry ends in a flash. This tip heals the hair by treating the illness as well as the symptom." - Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist, Oscar Blandi Salon

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Get ready for a summer full of good hair days. We’ve consulted four major hairstylists for expert tips on fighting frizz, protecting color and keeping hair shiny, hydrated and healthy all season long.

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