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Rita Hazan fixes your summer haircare woes

The veteran hair pro helps you let your hair down.

Rita Hazan knows how to get your hair silky this summer. Credit: Rita Hazan Rita Hazan knows how to get your hair silky this summer.
Credit: Rita Hazan

Summer’s the ultimate tine to let you hair down — but you won’t want to if you’re facing some funky summer hair issues like brittleness and wonky color. We tapped Rita Hazan, who works with Beyonce, Katy Perry and other A-listers, for her advice on all your warm-weather hair care woes.

“My hair gets so brassy during the summer.”
The best way to prevent brasssiness is to use a gloss. Over time it happens, it doesn’t matter what you color you use [or] what you’re doing. You just have to do something to counteract any kind of environmental problem that occurs. I have a product called Breaking Brass — use it the first time you wash your hair after color [and] every time you wash your hair. This is gonna be the new way to take care of your hair: Shampoo, gloss, condition. Use this every single time [and] you’ll prevent any kind of brassiness from happening. If you haven’t done the gloss and it’s brassy already, then just start using the gloss from now and it will help eliminate some of the yellow-orangey tone.

“I want to protect my hair from chlorine.”
If you spray something that has SPF in it, that helps protect your hair from fading and also from getting dehydrated from the sun. If your hair is hydrated and healthy it keeps the color longer. If you’re going to swim, take a bottle of water and put it on your hair first — make it saturated — and then go in the pool. If your hair is already saturated with water, the chlorine won’t be the first thing to hit your hair. The chlorine will kind of sit on top — it won’t penetrate [and] go deep into changing the color.

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“My hair feels gross after a day at the pool.”
Use a treatment. That same night, shampoo your hair, use a treatment, sleep with it, rinse it out in the morning. [Get] a mask — anything that says “hydrating” [or] “moisturizing.”

“I want to go lighter in the summer, but don’t know how to choose highlights that will look good on me.”
Stay in the same color range, just go maybe two to three shades lighter. If you’re buying “Golden Blonde,” buy “Light Golden Blonde.” It’s going to get lighter in the sun too, so start out a little bit darker and let it naturally do its thing. [And] always use a shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair.

“My hair feels like straw.”
Definitely do a treatment because summer in the sun and chlorine and the salt water — even if you wear a hat, it dehydrates the hair. When [your] hair feels dry, it’s just dehydrated. Use a conditioner, a conditioning treatment or an oil and you won’t feel that dehydrated feeling.

 
 
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