Last week, we offered three cute and easy summer hairstyles from Nick Penna Jr., owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri and creative director of the new Be Styled Blowdry Lounge in Chestnut Hill. This week, we’ve got his top tips for keeping your hair healthy and b-e-a-utiful in the heat and humidity.
If your hair doesn’t get frizzy in the summer, then I’d like to meet you, because you’re a freak of nature. (That’s my jealousy speaking). For the rest of us, Nick suggests using a good moisturizing, cream-based product. “Put a little dollop of the product in your hands and run your fingers through your hair, spreading the product evenly,” he says. “This is a great way to tame frizz while adding moisture back in your hair.”
Remember Sun-In? Do they still make that? Regardless, says Nick, if you want to try and lighten your hair in the summer, sans salon, there’s a better way. “Lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide can increase dryness and breakage,” he says. “To avoid this, apply a mixture of lemon juice and conditioner on your dampened hair. This allows the sun to lighten up those roots while keeping your hair moisturized.”
Condition, Condition, Condition
As you probably know, chlorine and salt wreak havoc on your hair. Nick’s tip? Do a pre-wash and condition at the beach/pool, since allowing your hair to soak up fresh water prevents it from absorbing the more harmful properties of chlorine or salt. No public shower? Try spray-in conditioner. Nick likes L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Solar Sublime.
Beach hair is hot, but the salt water that makes it that way is not necessarily the best thing for your hair. So, after you come in from the sand, Nick suggests using a restorative shampoo, such as Shu Uemura’s Silk Bloom Restorative Shampoo, which removes chemicals and helps rebuild hair’s fibers. If you’ve got the cash, he says it’s also a good idea to get a trim and treatment done at your local salon once a month. For a wallet-friendly alternative, try L’Oreal Professionnel’s Source de Richesse Sulfate-Free Masque once a week.