BY Molly Congdon
CLIFTON PARK — Let’s just face it, the summer is a wondrous time of swimming, basking in the sunshine and lots of time spent outdoors; however, all of that can really wreak havoc on our hair.
Between the heat of the sun’s rays, the salty water of the sea and overchlorinated pools, it’s a miracle we still have any left when the calendar flips to September.
Five professional hairstylists — Kristin Miner, Tracey Desantis, Samantha Ryan, Rebekah Bianchi and Jillian Albert — from Hair & Body Essentials Salon and Day Spa, at 22 Clifton Country Road, rolled out some tips to help you straighten out your strands.
Don’t wash it everyday: “It prolongs the color and the vibrancy of your hair,” Bianchi said.
Weekly conditioners and masks: Want your hair to be silky soft? This step is crucial. “There are conditioners that also provide UV protection,” Desantis said. “Sulfate-free is also important for color treated hair.”
Grab a cap: “Wear a hat in the sun so your color doesn’t fade and your hair doesn’t dry,” Ryan said.
Consistency: “You have to have appointments and get your hair trimmed, not just once a year,” Miner said.
“It’s also important to maintain your style and your length,” Desantis said. “Especially with any chemicals, four to six weeks for trims.”
“So many people just want to do their own thing at home, the home remedies and things like that; everybody goes to YouTube and then they think they can do it themselves and then their hair falls off,” Desantis said. “And that’s fine but it still should be followed up every couple of months because your hair changes and different seasons call for different products.”
Tame the frizz: “Anti-humidity products are always essential in the summer,” Albert said. “That’s one of my favorites.”
What’s your type? Straight and wavy or curly hair each require different maintenance.
Curly: “In the summer, the more movement you put into the hair, the frizzier it’s going to be,” Albert said. “You have to style it when it’s wet and then let it air dry that way or use a diffuser.”
“There is a difference in cutting curly and straight hair,” Desantis said. “It’s a totally different cut, it lays differently.”
“You need moisturizing products,” Ryan said. “Curls need moisture many than anything.”
Straight and fine: “Getting trims more often keeps the ends cleaner and you get better length,” Desantis said. “A lot of people say, ‘I can’t use conditioner, my hair is too fine and it will lay flat,’ but it’s the opposite; the more moisture you have in it, the healthier it will be and the more volume you’ll have.”
“You need heat protectant,” Albert said. “Most people with straight hair use a blow dryer, straightener and curling iron.”
Before you dive in: “Pre-fill your cuticles for chlorine pools,” Ryan said. “Use a leave-in spray before you go in the ocean and the pool.”
“Your hair is like a sponge so if it already has leave-in conditioner in it, then there’s nothing else to absorb,” Bianchi said.
Wash, rinse, repeat: “After you are in chlorine and the ocean, be sure to at least rinse your hair because once the chlorine or salt dries onto the hair it causes a lot more damage,” Desantis said. “Shampooing it is best, but rinsing is better than nothing.”
Trending: “Ombre,” Ryan said, referring to the varied tones that shade into each other. “Everyone wants that right now; it’s a college girl’s dream — it’s low-maintenance. The most popular colors are brown to blonde or brown to caramel.”
“It’s a great alternative if you don’t want to keep coming in and getting your hair colored,” Desantis added.