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Summer Scalp Sunburn Prevention

It’s that time again- summer time! The rays of the sun are at their peak, and like any smart gal you are probably applying enough sunscreen to protect a small country. But what about that scalp? It’s easy to forget about your crown, but you shouldn’t neglect it when it comes to protecting it from the sun. Here’s the best way to protect your scalp without weighing down your locks.

The Recipe

You can always don a floppy hat, a la Jackie Onassis, or use an umbrella but there’s something else you can do too. Mix together one tablespoon of SPF 50 lotion or liquid into a half a cup of water and stir until dissolved. Put it in a spray bottle and then either spritz it on or rub it into your scalp and hair before going out for some fun in the sun.

For Oily Hair

If your hair tends to be on the oily side you should consider a powdered sunscreen. Most come with a brush application that won’t spill all over, and you can use it for a finishing powder to set your makeup if it gets shiny. Double duty is a definite plus!

Frizz Busting

If you’re fighting the good fight against frizz then you may need to consider a different approach. There are products available that help to fight frizz and protect the hair and the scalp. These products manage to protect from UV rays and hydrate those tresses and keep them impenetrable to humidity. As your stylist about it!

If You Burn

You’re human, so sometimes you may forget the sunscreen and burn your scalp – so what now? Well, when you wash your hair you’ll want to use warm or cool water with a moisturizing shampoo. Then liberally apply aloe vera to your roots. This will help to sooth the burn and encourage healing.

Now get out there and enjoy that summer sun!

Stress Free Summer Hairstyles

Summer is awesome. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the sky is blue – but your hair may not be so happy. Summer absolutely poses some styling challenges. Blow drying can take longer and frizz is pretty much par for the course. If you leave your hair to air-dry, it may not come out as beautiful as you imagined it would. Have no fear! There are two styles you can use as your go-to this summer that will deliver beachy waves without a lot of effort.

Preparation

The first thing you need to do is to add shine serum or mousse through your damp hair. This will add smoothness and control.

Your Two Options

You can either tie your hair in a tight top knot or secure it with one long bobby pin (not a band!) to keep the kinks at bay. The tighter you make the knot the better, because if you do it tight enough it with smooth out and create a nice wave in your hair when you let it down.

If you want to go for a messier texture, try using a salt spray instead of a serum and gather your hair at the nape of your neck. Divide your hair in half and then twist the sections tightly around each other in opposite directions.

Once your hair has dried just undo it. Then voila! No stress summer tresses!

How to Get the Perfect Curl

Do you ever see a woman out and about with the most perfect coiffured curls on the planet and wonder how in the heck she does it? How many times have you spent more than few minutes attempting to get the perfect curl only to have it fall out an hour later? Well, there’s help! Here’s how to get your hair to hold a curl, no matter what!

Just Say No to Conditioner

Over-conditioning is a common problem, and this makes hair simply too slippery to hold a curl. If you have to use conditioner when preparing to curl, go super light with it.

Mousse Prep

When it comes to mousse, too much is always better than not enough! Take a baseball-size mound or more, depending on how much hair you have, and work it into damp or dry hair from the roots to the ends. The alcohol in the mousse gets the moisture out of your hair which is what allows it to hold your preferred style.

Prep and prep some more!

When you hair has fully dried, take one to two inch sections and mist with hair spray. Work from the bottom layers to the top before bringing in the curling iron.

Show Your Curl IQ

Curling irons are all about temperature. If you have thin hair the iron should be set to 300 degrees. Thicker tresses call for you to dial it up a notch, to 350 degrees. The size of the iron doesn’t matter, though most pros go for a 1 inch, just make sure to apply tension as you’re wrapping the hair around the iron and pull it away from your face until it feels tight. This will help to more evenly distribute heat.

Clip City

Ok, listen up because this is the most important part of your curl tutorial –after curling for five seconds, release the clamp and slide the curling iron out. Now, take a duckbill clip and clip the curl against your head. This will allow the curl to cool without shaking it out, which is a surefire way to lose the curl. Leave it clipped in place for at least 5 minutes, but 15 is better. Don’t touch it and when released, you’ll have a beautiful curl that will hold!

Shake it

Once your curls have cooled take the clip out and let your head hang back. Rumple the curls with your fingers. Make sure you leave your hair a bit curlier than you want it to be, because inevitably you will lose some curl. If you leave them a bit tighter it’ll be perfect as they loosen.

The Finish

Forget the hairspray – for this you’re going to want to use texturizing spray! Hairspray can be too heavy for curls and it will make them droop. Texturizing spray won’t weight you down!

Voila! You’ve not got perfect curls that will last all day (or night!) long!