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Summertime Style: Manage your mane

The dog days of summer are here and by gosh, it’s hot. HOT. H-O-T. The last thing on your mind is likely your sad melted hair-do, but what’s a style-savvy gal to do? Here are a few tips to create sexy summer hair that won’t turn into a frizzled rats nest the second it hits the great outdoors. It sounds counter productive, but the number one way to combat your unruly locks is to style it — we don’t mean a full blow-out, so calm down and keep reading.

A simple of-the-moment way to combat over heated hair is braids. They look great, and whether they’re loose and messy, or taut and haute, you’ll still managed to look pulled together. Simply spray on a leave in conditioner or detangling spray and then separate your hair into as many sections as you want braids. Experiment with multiples  — one down the top of your hair and two down the sides — or singles — wrap it around your head for a red carpet ready look. The sky’s the limit and braids will do double duty taming your wild tresses and still being on trend.

Another big trend for summer ’14 is a head scarf or headband. A headband is a great way to keep any flyaway frizz off of your face and will help you pull off a classic, clean look whether you pull the rest back into a low bun or leave it fly free. While a head scarf wrapped around your head — from the nape of the neck to the front — and tied in a knot is the perfectly glamorous accessory for a tousled up-do or ponytail.

 

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Fight the frizz: beat humidity fried hair

Living in a land rife with drought and dry heat, I imagine I’m not the only one surprised by the unusual humidity Southern California has been encountering lately. And while our skin is in heaven with the extra moisture in the air, our hair is… um… less than heavenly. Humidity LOVES to take a good hair day and turn it into a frizzy, melted mess. Thankfully we’ve uncovered a few humidity busting tricks to keep our strands sleek, shiny and frizz-free, without busting the bank.

The first step is to lay-off the shampoo. A sweaty summer day will make you want to lather up, but squeaky clean hair also strips away your scalps natural oils leading to dreaded frizz. Instead skip the shampoo every other time you wash your hair and try to use about half of the dollop you would normally use — continue as usual with your conditioner.

In fact, try giving yourself a deep conditioning treatment once a week to help stave off any sun or sea-induced dryness and encourage sleek, shiny strands. Apply any deep conditioning mask and cover your hair with a shower cap, trapping in the heat from your shower and allowing the moisture to penetrate your hair. Leave the mask on for a few minutes and then rinse and dry.

Another great way to avoid full-frizz is to apply a serum (for straight or wavy hair) or mouse (for curly hair) before you blow dry. The product will help protect your strands from the blow dryers punishing heat and will lock in any smoothing benefits while your hair is still wet.

And after you’ve achieved a soft, smooth blowout, don’t forget to seal in the moisture with a spritz of sealing spray. Not only will this add shine, but it will create a barrier between your hair and the humid air outside. You can also cary some clear mascara with your to fight any mid-day frizz. Simply swipe the want over any flyways or frizz around your root area and go. Easy peasy.

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Tuesday Tips: Fight Summer Frizz

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Summer travel has made one thing crystal clear to me: a good west coast blowout is not equipped to withstand the east coasts 100% humidity.  We here at Posh Beauty.com aren’t about to stand for the frizzy, unkempt mess caused by elevated levels of moisture in the air, so today’s tips are aimed at keeping your polished hairstyle intact for longer than 5 minutes.

1. Preparation is key to avoiding humidity’s effect on your hair, so be sure to use a conditioner after you shampoo. Shampooing alone can create fluffy, flyaway strands, all ripe for absorbing the air’s moisture.

2. The tools you use are just as important as product, including a good blow dryer and brush.  Cheap blowdryers tend to be unable to maintain a good temperature and can overtime overheat your hair causing split ends. A brush with dense, uneven bristles, while more likely to tangle, is better equipped to grip the hair for greater tension, which results in a smoother and longer lasting blowout.

3. A great way to fight the frizz is to opt for a style that is more humidity friendly, like a super-trendy braid style, or a simple ponytail. Adding a hair wax into the mix, all over, or simply on the hairline, will keep your style in place and help control that annoying hairline frizz.

4. Never leave the house with wet hair. When the humidity level goes up, it’s important to get your strands under control before you leave the house.

5. And finally, don’t skimp on a final finishing product. A good serum can act as a “cling wrap” for your hair, repelling outside moisture from ruining your style. Finishing off the ends of your hair with serum or anti-frizz hairspray are just the thing to keep your strands in place.

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