Expert's Opinion

Summer Hair Strategy

By Philip Pelusi, Internationally recognized stylist and product artist | May 17, 2012

Smoothing ingredients and more tips from this hair care expert.

Summer weather is right around the corner. That means a little hair homework is in order to combat the drying effects of winter weather and put a solid summer hair strategy in place to prevent the frizz and unruly texture that heat and humidity bring with the summer season. A few tips and the right products will give you a good blueprint to handle this!

Wintery weather can leave the scalp dry and flaky. Correcting a dry scalp can be tough, especially when trying to keep hair full of body for summer hair trends. Many times, in an effort to quench a dry scalp, we trade off body, as many remedies can over-soften and weigh down the hair. Rather than an after-shampoo conditioner, try a pre-shampoo exfoliating treatment that gently eliminates dry scalp flakes while simultaneously moisturizing, strengthening hair and protecting hair color. Look for one that can be massaged into the hair and scalp prior to shampooing to lift dead skin cells and remove other debris from the scalp and hair. This simple step can make a huge difference in removing flakes, oils, dirt, product residues and build up that can cause dull limp hair and exaggerate scalp problems. Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Beach Hair

Following this exfoliating step, apply a styling groom containing moisturizing organic olive oil, shea butter and sunflower seed oil to help alleviate a dry tight scalp while creating the ideal Summer style. Look for one that contains organic extracts of horsetail, ku shen and reishi mushroom that serve as powerful antioxidants to protect color and hair and strength by warding off free radical from pollutants and UV exposure. This type of scalp and hair treatment will help your hair appear more youthful and more full-bodied, with improved fabric quality and scalp condition. For an even deeper treatment effect, gently brush the product into the scalp and hair. Use a soft, smooth tipped natural bristle brush in combination with this regimen.

In addition, massaging the scalp helps to stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, resulting in an ideal environment for healthy hair growth. Organic sugar cane and other hydrators serves as a styling groom to create the “just from the beach” tousled hair look but without the damaging effects of the sun and salt water and make this combination of treatments perfect for summer hair trends. Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Beach Hair or Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Natural Brush.

Another trick to help rebound from winter is to find a product that is a good transitional hair groom that helps replenish missing moisture from winter and also be lightweight enough for your hair to move into summer. Steer clear of any heavy or sticky grooms or gels.Instead opt for a weightless, resin-free groom that binds moisture to keep static at a minimum. Look for ingredients such as organic water celery, Solomon’s seal and Mongolian oak. Also choose a product that can also be applied to either wet hair and scalp as well as dry so you can get your style off to a great start with weightless moisture. You can also pop the product in your bag to dot-on hydration when needed throughout the day.

Look for a groom that contains an actual SPF rating for protection of the scalp as well as hair. More than any other season, heading into summer means your dry delicate hair and scalp will be exposed to UV rays from the sun and will need extra protection.

Summer will bring in warmer temperature and air that contains higher moisture content. This is good news for dry hair and scalps but also can mean the beginning of frizz. So look for guar-based ingredients that create weightless slip to help with detangling fragile winter-worn hair and control fly-away and frizz. This weightless frizz control will help you combat frizz as you head into summer. Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Guardian SPF 18.

Strengthening hair is also a must when recouping from winter and preparing hair for summer sun and sports. Add a leave-in hair strengthening serum to your styling regime. Look for modern product that works with your busy lifestyle and still greatly improves the condition of your hair. Most people tend not to want to deep condition at home because it takes too much time. Instead they can opt for a product that is weightless, resin free and easy to use. Select a product that can be blown dry and flat ironed into the hair. If it is easy to use then clients will be much more likely to use it in their busy lives. Damage usually starts to first appear as a lack of shine which stems from a damaged outer cuticle layer and inner cortex layer. Color, chemicals, heat styling, sun and chlorine exposure and hair longer than an inch is damaged hair. Hair, or as we refer to hair, hair fabric, needs to be viewed by the client as the most important fabric they wear on their body.We wear our hair every day. And because most hair is damaged hair most clients need to have a hair repair product as part of their regime. Look for a product with organic strengthening proteins such as pomegranate and tomato and organic moisturizers shea butter and rice bran oil. Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Healer.

A texture management strategy is also a must. Hair starts to behave differently starting in the spring and into the summer. Hair takes on the characteristics of its environment, especially humidity. Therefore in the summer, hair takes on the extra moisture that is in humid air. This wreaks havoc with any hair texture but especially wavy and curly textures. These textures tend to expand and become unruly and even frizzier. Hair that is styled in the morning might look great before leaving the house but then after being exposed to outside air, hair starts to revert and become frizzy. Many times clients with difficult textures opt for a permanent straightening or smoothing treatment. But permanent chemical relaxers and straighteners don’t allow the client the option to wear their natural texture and often contain damaging and dangerous chemicals including formaldehyde or lye. Instead, take an organic approach to texture management. Try Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Girls Anti Frizz Curl Enhancing Girls Who Love Curls or Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi Phyto-Keratin Smoothing Treatment Blow Out.

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About the Author
Philip Pelusi is an internationally recognized stylist, photographer and product artist. Having gone from one salon to 13 locations as well as a magnificent industry centerpiece in New York City, Pelusi has created a philosophy, 2 product lines, P2 by Philip Pelusi and Tela Beauty Organics by Philip Pelusi and systems for success. Philip created and trademarked, within the industry, the phrase “A Cut Above The Rest” to coincide with his creation of the registered Volumetric haircutting technique around which he built his empire.

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