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Beauty: End-of-Summer Hair


By August my hair is always fried from salt water, swimming pool chlorine and too much fun in the sun—hence the need for an ultra-moisturizing treatment.

My favorite is Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil for Dry to Damaged Hair & Scalp, which smells like a cross between Bain De Soleil suntan gelee and fresh gardenias. The treatment starts with the oil and is followed by Philip B. Peppermint Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo and Philip B. Lightweight Deep-Conditioning Crème Rinse.

If you don’t have time for this laborious process, a quick fix is Kérastase Oléo-Curl for fine, curly tresses. Hair goes from straw to silk in an instant. For a more ethereal approach, flower essences offer vibrational support. Try a few drops of cotton essence in a glass of water once or twice a day.

In my search for the perfect dry-hair remedy, I also asked some of New York’s top hairdressers for their favorite damaged-hair products. Didier Malige for Frederic Fekkai named Beach Waves from the Fekkai Marine Summer Hair collection, which includes an exclusive deeply-hydrating blend of marine extracts. For men, Didier recommends Tancho Stick. It smells like lavender, easily styles the most unruly hair and never dries or gets sticky.

Meanwhile, Joel Warren of the Warren Tricomi salon says, “If you are blowing your hair out on a humid day, be sure to start with our Protect: Pre Blow-Dry Calming Serum, which will smooth and tame frizz while protecting hair from heat damage. It surrounds the hair with a weightless invisible shield against humidity.”

Ric Pipino at Pipino Salon is working on a new product line. Called “Revolution in Cut”, it will be available at his salon later this year. In the meantime, he recommends Living Proof products for weightless, humidity-blocking frizz control. Celebrity hairdresser Ward co-founded Living Proof because he was fed up with silicone-based products. The Living Proof line comes in straight-making or wave-shaping formulas for different hair types and produces brilliant shine without oil or silicone. “Another great plus,” Ward says, “is that unlike silicone, it blocks dirt and odor from entering the hair, which means longer periods between shampoos.”



  1. erica
    Posted August 25, 2009 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    This is just what I needed! Thanks.

  2. Lisa Flannery
    Posted August 25, 2009 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    This could not be more timely!! Thank you!!

  3. mika
    Posted August 31, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you very much. I was thinking of trying Philip B. now I will!

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