Sexy Summer African American Hair

Hot styles and healthy hair tips

Summer is the season to get a fresh, sexy short cut, hit the beach and chill out in the pool. But it also means dry, frizzy hair and sun damage. Here are some tips to keep your summer hair hot and healthy.

 

Cutting Edge: Flippy, Choppy Chic Hairstyles

It's time to shed long locks for a short, choppy cut that shows off your features and gives your look a new attitude. Tippi Shorter, owner and head stylist of New York City's Lush Studio, says to create looks like this, start by finding a stylist that will skip the scissors and use a razor. "Cutting hair with a razor gives it more texture, and a choppier feel so it doesn't look heavy," says Tippi.

Another way to crank up the cool factor of your new 'do is with color. According to Shorter, "Two-toned color creates depth and works well with choppy cuts because you can see the individual pieces." To maintain this look, use products that add texture, shine and a soft hold.

 

Color-Treated Hair & Salt Water

If you plan to hit the beach with your freshly colored summer hair, you might want to take a few precautions. "Excessive amounts of salt water can make (color-treated) hair change colors and look dull," says Walter Lucas, stylist at Hair Styling by Joseph in New York City. Wash hair with Pantene Pro-V Color Revival Shampoo. It cleans hair without stripping color and leaves behind a protective layer of silicone to protect hair from damage. Pantene Pro-V Color Revival Complete Therapy Conditioner is packed with UV filters and antioxidants to protect hair color from fading. For deep conditioning, try Pantene Deep Moisture Masque for Color-Treated Hair to restore luster.

 

Chlorine & Your Hair

If chilling in the pool is part of your agenda this summer, be warned that chlorine can be especially damaging to natural and chemically treated tresses. Frequent exposure can weaken the hair shaft causing split ends and breakage. "The best way to protect your hair is with leave-in conditioner," says Tippi Shorter of New York City's Lush Studios. Before hitting the water, apply Redken Sun Shape Swim Cream. This leave-in conditioning treatment prevents hair from absorbing chlorine and other harming pool agents. Wash hair after swimming and follow with Redken All Soft Heavy Cream to restore much-needed moisture.

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