Summer Styles to Save Your Hair

Sunshine season is upon us, and while this long-awaited stretch of warmth is perfect for picnics, outdoor activities and rooftop parties, it can put serious stress on your tresses. We spoke to Oribe Educator and California local Christian Ceja-Compin, who supplied us with a week’s worth of styles that keep your hair hydrated and healthy in the hot months ahead.

Monday Plaits
Braids of all types are a hot topic in the summer—and for good reason. Whether it be a fishtail, single French or a few smaller braids for dimension, they are quick to create and require no hot tools, which meets the basic criteria for warm weather wear. Christian suggests starting your style with Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil by working a small amount of product into damp hair before braiding. The liquid gold formula will do its work to strengthen and add shine, making every interwoven section pop. Finish with a spritz of Freestyler Working Hair Spray and you’ll be ready for today (and tomorrow).

Tuesday Shake Out
No matter what brand of braid you went with on Monday, the best part might be the next day. Simply shake out your braids for a textured, tousled result. “To combat second-day oil and shine, add a small amount of Gold Lust Dry Shampoo to the roots and Flash Form Finishing Spray Wax from mid-shaft to ends to increase separation and softness,” said Christian. This look easily holds up until happy hour.

Wednesday Wash & Wear
Use the warm summer breeze to your advantage and air dry. Not only will you get a few extra minutes in the morning, but you’ll keep away from blow-dryers and straighteners while adding back some much-needed moisture. Christian urges everyone to start the battle against damage in the shower with Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner. After thoroughly cleansing, step out of the shower, towel-dry hair and apply a few pumps of Featherbalm Weight Styler. The ultra-light balm smoothes and hydrates while imparting a hint of hold for air-dried textures that need a little polish.

Thursday Transformation
Just because summer is bearing down upon us, doesn’t mean you have to abandon the sleek styles that you love. All you need is Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream—your secret weapon to smooth and sexy. Adding a dose of this product before a blowout will transform the frizziest, most hard-to-manage hair into a straight style that maintains hair’s shine and strength and won’t give into humidity. Christian’s pro tip includes adding a light, all-over coating of Impermèable Anti-Humidity Spray for added humidity protection before stepping out into the summer sauna.

Friday Freedom
By the time Friday rolls around, you’ve earned messy-bun status. Instead of throwing hair up haphazardly, take a minute to add some texture before gathering your hair off your face and neck for the day. Concentrating Dry Texturizing Spray at the roots and lightly throughout the lengths will add texture, creating the perfect scenario to master the messy bun. “Lightly backcomb hair for volume, gather hair at the top of the head and secure when you have just the right amount of effortless style,” said Christian.

Working with warm-weather hair doesn’t have to be a struggle. Avoid over-washing, which can strip hair of its natural oils, and select the right products that will aid in creating versatile looks without causing unnecessary damage. As a final trick, Christian recommends blending a small amount of product into your palms and adding only if necessary before executing with intention. Go confidently into the sunshine and get creative when it comes to sticking to summery styles that help you shine year round.

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