Summer weather = hair disaster. Not only do we have heat, humidity, and severe sun to tackle, but it’s also when color fades quicker, hair gets more damaged, and we live in fear of looking like Monica from Friends in Barbados – not a good look. So when we found out celebrity hairdresser Mario Charalambous was in town visiting Pastels Salon, we couldn’t not tap him for his top hair tips.
The man behind the mighty manes of countless celebs, including Poppy Delevingne and members of the British Royal family, he sure knows a thing or two about healthy, beautiful hair. From frizz-fighting products to protective DIY remedies, read on to find out how to get your best head of hair yet, despite what summer has in store.
What are your top tips for battling humidity and fighting summer frizz?
Always use a shampoo and conditioner for frizzy hair, and an anti-frizz blow-dry cream followed by an anti-frizz finishing spray. I highly recommend the Kérastase ‘Discipline’ range as it’s designed specifically for frizzy and unruly curly hair. Or, if you’re looking for a hair treatment, then Pastels Salon has the very best in keratin treatments from KeraStraight. Thanks to this miracle treatment, it can be as humid as possible and your hair will always look perfect!
Coconut milk works as a natural light protein and DIY moisture treatment for frizzy hair. You can extract coconut milk from the flesh of a coconut or opt for one available in the market. Put two tablespoons of coconut milk in a small pot and heat it until it’s warm – but make sure it doesn’t get too hot and burn! Apply the warm coconut milk to your hair, and cover your head with a shower cap and then a hot towel. Later, wash your hair with shampoo and let your hair dry naturally.
Style-wise, if you have long hair, then the quickest fix to fight frizz is by tying it back into a low bun. Ponytail the hair and wrap it around the band, securing with a few grips. For short hair, a perfect quiff gelled back to one side will add a touch of chic to your once-frizzy hair.
What are your must-have products to keep hair looking its best in the summer?
During the summer, your hair is more exposed than usual to UV light, salt, chlorinated water, and mechanical aggressions, so the top of my list is to moisturize and protect. Be sure to safeguard your hair with a UV protecting shampoo and conditioner, and use a UV sunscreen when wet or dry.
If you can’t find a sunscreen for your hair, take three teaspoons (or pumps) of SPF 25 (or more) and mix with half a cup of water. Put this in a spray bottle and use it as often as you put on your suntan lotion. This will also help to tame your beach frizz! There is nothing wrong with using your after-sun conditioner or mask at the beach, either. Apply it to your wet hair, adding a little at a time, then twist it into one-inch sections of hair to form a spiral to initiate your smooth beach curls.
What styles will be on-trend and look great this summer?
Those loose, sexy waves with a beautifully seamless blend of colors running from dark to light. Fortunately, it’s my favorite look! Gisele is the perfect example of dark blonde to light, and Lily Aldridge has that signature dark-to-light look. Both girls are exactly what is on-trend with that great color and disheveled look, which you can create with a curling iron or wand and texturize with a sea spray. My favorite beach wave spray is the Oribé ‘Après Beach’ spray. It’s perfect for getting that “undone” look.
Oribe ‘Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray’
How can you prevent sun damage and dryness in summer?
First of all, I would use a sun-specific shampoo and conditioner, and then protect hair with a special spray. One great option is the L’Oréal ‘Serie Expert Solar Sublime’ spray, which is a leave-in spray for sun-exposed hair. Vitamin E also works as an effective natural hair protector, so put two to three vitamin E tablets in a spray bottle, add some water, mix well, and spray it all over your hair after a shower. It acts as a natural sunscreen and protects hair from damage!
Aloe vera also has UV-blocking properties. It’s a succulent plant with a jelly-like transparent substance in between its leaves, and its paste has long been used for skin and hair treatments. Take some aloe vera jelly from the leaf and apply it to your hair for 15 minutes before taking a bath. Wash it off with cold water, and you’re then free to go out in the sun and enjoy its bliss! Aloe vera blocks the harmful UV rays from causing any sun damage to your hair. This natural sunscreen is a very good moisturizer, and it really conditions your hair.
Nourishment is so important for the hair, so use a hair mask or treatment. Always maximize your treatments by towel-drying any excess water out, applying your mask from roots to end, and wrapping your hair in a shower cap and hot towel. If you have no time, wash your hair first in the shower, apply treatment, and continue with the rest of your shower as this will give enough time for the mask to develop.
L’oréal ‘Serie Expert Solar Sublime’