How To Care For Summer Hair, Which Products To Use: Q&A With Hairstylist Peter Lamas
Summer is almost upon us! And with that comes another season of dealing with ways to keep our hair looking and feeling its best. Although most of us look forward to those carefree summer days, the warmer season does major damage to our tresses: fried, damaged hair from the sun, ocean and chlorine. We were able to get in touch with renowned hairstylist Peter Lamas, who has worked with Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Ross. Read on to find out which hairstyles Peter suggests to wear to keep your hair out of your face during those hot, humid days; tips on giving those styling tools a break, and how to make your own at-home sunscreen for your hair!
Peter Lamas: The summer sun can definitely zap hair of vital moisture. Here are a few tips to help keep hair hydrated:
- Use a clarifying shampoo and conditioner – like the Peter Lamas Wheatgrass Purifying System – once a week. Also, apply a deep conditioning hair mask once a week to keep your mane moisturized.
- Rinse hair with filtered water after swimming in a pool or the ocean to help remove chlorine, saltwater or debris that may be stuck in the hair.
- Wear a hat to limit sun exposure to your hair and scalp.
Peter Lamas: People tend to wash their hair more in the summer because of outdoor activities and the heat, however, harsh detergents in some shampoos do more than clean your hair. Sulfates can over dry hair, especially during the summer when combined with the heat and sun. Avoid shampoos containing sulfates, wash only as needed, and rinse with cool water to help protect your hair color during the summer.
Q: How much sun is too much sun for hair?
Peter Lamas: Treat your hair like you would your skin! Use an SPF to help reduce UV damage to your locks. Simply dilute 2 teaspoons of an SPF 25 sunscreen down with one cup of water. Fill a spray bottle with the mixture and spritz the product into damp hair before styling! Voilà! Homemade sunscreen for your hair! For additional protection, you can mist the solution on throughout the day.
Q: Is it safe to constantly put heat on your hair, even during the summer months? What products are good to prevent dry hair?
Peter Lamas: Give the heat styling tools a rest during the summer! Opt to air dry your hair instead and use a light styling cream like the Chinese Herbs Revitalizing Styling Cream to help keep frizz to a minimum and show off your natural hair texture. Getting the right haircut to handle humid weather will also keep your mane looking great throughout the warmer months.
Add layers to curly hair to keep locks from poofing out at the bottom and creating that pyramid shape. For straight hair, you want a little extra weight at the bottom to keep hair from expanding in the humidity, so avoid cuts that are too choppy or over-texturized. Apply a leave-in conditioner throughout the day – like the Repair Me Conditioning, Detangling Mist – to give your locks a hydrating boost.
Q: What are some quick, easy hair care tips for styling during the summer?
Peter Lamas: The hot summer months are a perfect time to let your hair down! Use a light styling cream to help enhance natural hair texture and reduce frizz. Low-maintenance hairstyles like a pretty ballerina bun or a fishtail braid are also perfect to help keep hair out of your face. A light spritz of Hold Me Thermal Styling Spray before styling will help keep hair in place.
Keep your hair color vibrant during the summer months by limiting your hair’s exposure to the sun. You can also purchase color-saving products that are formulated to help keep your hue bright.
Because summer is rougher on hair than other seasons, it is more important to get your hair trimmed every 4 to 6 weeks. The ends of hair become weak from color treatments, processing, sun, and chemicals causing them to split and fray. Bump up your normal haircut schedule in the summer to keep hair looking and feeling healthy.
Find out more about Peter Lamas hair products at www.peterlamas.com
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