Summer (Hair) Love

Humidity, chlorine, UV damage — the warmer weather ushers in a host of hair ravagers and abuse, but we’ve managed to track down some of the most enviable, — and famous — summer manes. Plus, we tell you how to get to look with expert tips on how to nurture and nourished tresses when the temperature tops out.

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May 1, 2011 12:00 AM
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Combat Chlorine

While lounging by the pool don't let the threat of chlorine green make you afraid to take a dip — blondies, we're talking to you! Avoid color damage by shampooing immediately after a swim, and then treat your hair to a moisture fortifying mask. For serious lap swimmers, coat your hair with a moisturizing conditioner before putting on your swim cap and diving in.

MC Recommends: Davines Su Pak Nourishing Moisturizing Mask, $15.

Give a Little Bounce

Keep your curls loose and vibrant this summer by adding a dime sized amount of gel to your locks before heat styling. The effect will not only help you keep the shape of your curls but will ensure that strands stay shinny and smooth on the most humid of days.

MC Recommends: L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Silky Curls Gel, $3.

Show Your True Colors

Protecting your perfect, unnatural "natural" shade is a year round job — especially for red heads — but add hot summer rays, and even the most subtle hues fade faster. Applying a high-shine, color protecting cream will seal each hair cuticle ensuring that colors keeps longer.

MC Recommends: Ojon Color Sustain Color Protecting Cream, $24.

Max Out the Volume

Don't fall flat this season. Go old school by adding a little mousse to damp hair before styling. Yes, we said mousse. Work a large dab of the styler through hair with a wide tooth comb, starting at the roots, for full, sexy movie star tresses.

MC Recommends: Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $22.

Add Some Salt

One of the sexiest looks to hit the beach with this summer is tousled, "salty" waves. To achieve this laid-back, beach bunny look, add a little bit of rough body and grittiness to hair with a ocean salt spray or surf-styling creme.

MC Recommends: Bb. Texture Hair (Un)dressing Creme, $26.

Face Humidity Fearlessly

The balmy summer usually mean frizzy-strand city. To keep unmanageable strands from cramping your style, treat your locks to a weekly hair masque. Not only will this keep your stands smooth, will also deliver a volume control effect that will render humidity powerless to wreck havoc on your hair.

MC Recommends: Klorane Hair Mask with Papyrus Milk, $25.

Keep Split Ends at Bay

Yes, sunshine is an incredible source of vitamin D but it's also murder on the hair, causing dry ends and damaged follicles — both of which result in split ends. Begin defending your locks before even leaving the house by using a detangler and a smoothing creme. It’s your first line of defense against damage.

MC Recommends: Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Silkening Detangler, $4 and Pantene Pro-V Straighten & Smooth Creme, $6.

Shine On

Take advantage of summer's non-stop rays and amp up of the sheen of your tresses. Transform dull locks with a few spray of a shine mist — a little goes a long way, giving you envy-inducing shine.

MC Recommends: Kerastase Chroma Cristal Shine Perfecting Mist, $25.

Be Moisture Savvy

When temperatures rise, clothes come off and we spend more and more time in the sun. Extended sun exposure can lead to dry, brittle strands. Fighting Brillo pad texture starts in the shower with nourishing, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Top it off with a some SPF hair protection.

MC Recommends: Nuxxus Therappe Luxury Moisturizing Shampoo, $12, and Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner, $14, and Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $24.

Wage War on Oil

Thin or straight hair tends to go hand in hand with an oily scalp, mix in a little perspiration and your mane will take on a less than sexy, greasy sheen. To avoid the oil slick, make dry shampoo a part of your summertime hair routine — they absorb oils secreted by sebaceous glands in your scalp, keeping your roots dry. The sweaty brow is a different story.

MC Recommends: Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo, $16.

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