Summer Hair Care Tips

Frizzy, flat, dry no problem! don’t let your hair drive you crazy. Instead, embrace what you’ve got and start taking care of it the right way. With a little help from the pros and customized-for-you styling products, we predict great hair days all summer long!

If Your Hair is Fine & Frizzy

Long-term commitment: “One of the biggest concerns with fine hair is keeping frizz and flyaways under control, particularly when it’s humid,” says Rodney Cutler, owner of Cutler/Redken salon in New York City. Fine hair can also tend to look dull and dried out, especially if you overprocess it. “If you color your hair, your best bet is to stay within one or two shades of your natural color to keep hair looking healthy and shiny,” says Cutler.

Here’s how to keep fine hair in check:
  1. Use a moisturizing shampoo to help hydrate hair and calm frizz.
  2. Apply conditioner from the mid-shaft to the ends to seal the cuticle and promote shine.
  3. Towel-dry, then apply a lightweight mousse from roots to ends to increase volume.
  4. Split hair into three sections (back: hair near the nape of neck; center: ear to ear; top: temple to temple).
  5. Blow-dry the back section first with a large round brush (use one with both boar and nylon bristles to help smooth hair while adding volume). Guide the brush and the nozzle of your blow dryer from roots to ends to get the cuticle to lie flat. Repeat these steps for the other two sections.

No, No, No! Stay away from sticky hairsprays—they’re too drying for fine hair. Also, wash your hair every other day so you don’t deplete natural oils that fight frizz.

If Your Hair is Thin & Flat

Long-term commitment: Looking to boost the volume of your hair? “Go shorter! Sporting a more textured, layered cut can help camouflage thin hair,” says Hallie Bowman, celebrity stylist for Pantene. You can also incorporate a daily regimen to naturally amp up limp, lifeless hair.

  1. Begin in the shower by washing with a volume-enhancing shampoo.
  2. Apply a small amount of conditioner to just the ends so hair won’t get weighed down—especially at the roots, where you need lift.
  3. On towel-dried hair, apply a volumizing spray along the roots at the crown of your head.
  4. Flip your hair over and apply a texturizing spray to just the ends.
  5. Blow-dry while your head is upside down and work your fingers from back to front, gently massaging the roots. when your hair is completely dry, flip it back over and use your hands to help shake up hair and create a piecey style.

No, No, No! Too much pomade or conditioner can make fine hair look greasy fast.

If Your Hair is Coarse & Curly

Long-term commitment: “A great haircut is the foundation for a fun curly style,” explains Shelley davis, creator of kinky-Curly hair care. “You need to find a stylist who understands thick, curly hair, especially since it grows upward, defying gravity,” says davis. For a curl expert near you, try visiting don’t let caring for your curls become a chore.

Try these simple steps:
  1. Wash with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner (sulfates can strip hair of natural moisturizing oils).
  2. Nourish and hydrate hair by applying a generous amount of leave-in conditioner to hair.
  3. Using a wide-tooth comb, work the conditioner from roots to ends.
  4. Divide damp hair into several small sections, and finger-comb a hydrating styling cream through to fight frizz while hair air-dries.

No, No, No! Steer clear of any styling products that can cause curly hair to dry out and frizz quickly, like alcohol-based sprays and heated styling tools.

12 Superfoods You Need to be Eating

Eating healthy is a challenge for busy people, so here’s a list of 12 “superfoods” to keep in mind when preparing meals and snacks.

Broccoli: It’s not hard to eat broccoli if you sauté it in a bit of olive oil and garlic. Deep-green vegetables like collard greens, kale and asparagus have abundant nutrients. Bok choy (Chinese cabbage) is also packed with nutrients that are said to guard against certain cancers.

Cacao: Didn’t expect to see chocolate on a super food list, right? Well, buying organic chocolate (found in most health food stores) with high levels of cacao can do a body good. It may not be the tastiest thing to eat straight, but mix a bit of 100 per cent organic cacao powder into a morning smoothie or coffee, or buy chocolate bars that are at least 75 per cent cacao. Note: Snickers bars are not a healthy substitute.

Peanut Butter: The food that kids love is, in fact, healthy for you. Nuts are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help fight heart disease. Almonds, in particular, are known for lowering cholesterol.

Beans: They’re small in size, but big on fiber and iron. Darker-colored beans, such as black and kidney, have an even higher concentration of healthy stuff.

Apricots: The oft-forgotten apricot is great source of Vitamin A and other nutrients. Dried apricots are even more nutritious, and portable, than fresh ones. Prunes hey, don’t laugh are also terrific.

Berries: Blueberries in particular, but also cranberries, raspberries and blackberries are highly recommended for healthy aging. Said to help maintain short-term memory, blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants.

Turkey: Thanksgiving and Christmas are long gone, but it’s always a good time to make lean, protein-rich turkey. You can cook a small breast with a side of cranberries, or substitute ground turkey in recipes that call for ground beef. Unfortunately, turkey lunch meat doesn’t make the cut, because it’s typically high in sodium.

Yogurt: Smoothie lovers, take a bow! You’re ahead of the game if you’re eating non-fat yogurt, because it’s good for intestinal health. Mix the plain stuff with some of the items on this list, including nuts, cinnamon or berries and you’re doubling up on healthy ingredients.

Oats: Whole-grain goodies, such as oat bran breakfast cereal (like Cheerios), oatmeal and whole grain breads are on the list because they help lower your cholesterol and increase fiber intake.

Avocado: Go ahead and whip up some avocado salsa, a great side dish. Guacamole is also good for you. Avocados are high-calorie, so you don’t want to go crazy eating them, but they are said to improve blood flow, which increases brain activity.

Cinnamon: Believe it or not, this spice is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. And, no, it doesn’t count if it’s glued to the top of a sticky bun! Simply dust it on your oatmeal, your morning coffee, or even on a piece of fruit. Studies suggest that it can lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar (diabetics take note!).

Pomegranate juice: This antioxidant-rich juice has been shown to help fight heart disease and lower cholesterol. Drink a small cup of pom juice daily, diluted with water if you find the taste too strong. You can also buy blends that contain apple or blueberry juice.

How To Get The Perfect Cat Eyeliner

Scotch Tape Trick:
Get yourself a piece of clear tape that’s about two inches long and stick it to the back of your hand or your shirt a few times to remove most of the glue (you’ll be putting this next to your eye as a guide and you don’t need to pull or irritate the skin with the tape). Once the tape is just a little bit sticky, place it against your bottom lash line, angling up towards your temple to create a guideline for the cat eye. You can adjust the angle for how severe of a flick you want.

Once you use liquid liner along your upper lash line, continue along and draw a line along the tape, pulling your eye taught as you go. Let the liner dry for about a minute, then gently remove the liner to reveal your perfect cat eye!

Wet Your Brush:
If you love the cat eye look but don’t want it to look so severe, try this trick instead. Use a lighter pencil color (like brown or grey) to line your upper lash line. Take an angled eyeliner brush without any product on it and dip it in water, brushing off any excess moisture.

Drag the eyeliner with the wet brush out to an angle, creating a shadow of a flick instead of a heavy wing. Close your eye and let the water dry for about 30 seconds before opening.

Cotton Swab With Concealer:
Chances are, if you’re using liquid or gel eyeliner, you’re going to need to do a bit of clean up. To remove any excess liner and cover up the stray mark remnants at the same time, dip a cotton swab into liquid foundation or concealer, and gently drag it along the bottom of the cat eye wing (or the top if that’s where the mistakes are).

For even more precision and to really make the wing pop, use an angled concealer brush with concealer afterwards to draw a straight line along the bottom of the wing.