I had the pleasure of getting some great hair prepping tips from Hairstylist to the Stars and New York Fashion Week regular and owner of Salon Capri, Nicholas Penna Jr.
1. Shower Before a Swim. Of course we all know that chlorine and salt can wreck hair, so Nick suggests a pre-wash and condition. “It may sound weird to shower before getting in the water, but allowing your hair to soak up fresh, filtered water prevents it from absorbing the harmful properties of chlorine or salt.” Once you are done rinsing your hair, spray or comb in a leave-in conditioner. One suggestion is L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Solar Sublime.
2. Lighten Up. “Summer is the time to let your hair go a couple of shades lighter.” A natural way to lighten is to mix lemon juice with your conditioner, apply to your damp hair and then go out in the sun.
3. Rehab Your Hair. Once you finish your day out in the sun, Nick suggests using a restorative shampoo, such as Shu Uemura’s Silk Bloom Restorative Shampoo, which removes chemicals and helps rebuild hair fibers.
4. Fight Frizz. With the summer humidity, hair can go from straight to frizzy in seconds. Nick suggests that you can prevent this by using a good moisturizing, cream-based product. “Put a dollop of the product in your hands and run your fingers through your hair, spreading the product evenly throughout your locks. This is a great way to tame the frizzies while adding moisture back in your hair.”
5. Condition, Condition, Condition. Summer heat can weaken a good head of hair. Conditioning treatments can instantly bring back the life to your hair. Nick says, “It is the best $25 you’ll ever spend.” However, if you are looking for a home remedy to use, olive oil will do the trick. Nick’s recipe is to take one tablespoon of olive oil, rub it in the palm of your hands, and smooth through damp hair. If you need to deep condition your hair, leave oil on for an hour or two.