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summer survival guide : part 1

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after a lovely long memorial day weekend, we are so ready for summer to start. yet with all of the joys that the season brings -- new clothes! longer days! weekends in the hamptons! barbeques with friends! -- unfortunately come several stresses (environmental or otherwise) that threaten our tresses -- namely, sunlight, chlorine and salt water. in order to properly care for your hair during the summer months, there are certain tips and tricks that we swear by. today, nuBest owner and creative director Jamie Mazzei dispenses his wisdom and lets us in on his summer hair survival secrets:

1. if you're going to invest in one hair care product during the summer, it should be a hair mask. masks can be applied as frequently as you see fit (though, as a general rule, once a week should be sufficient). we offer several variations of hair masks at the salon, from brands ranging from kerastase to redken. any of our staff members should be able to help you find exactly what you need!

2. since "summer" is oftentimes synonymous with humidity, which consequently brings the word "frizz" to mind. in order to combat the climate, Jamie advises growing your layers out long -- especially if you have thick, curly hair. this is because choppy, short and/or heavily layered styles are far more susceptible to frizzing up in the midst of muggy weather.

3. while longer layers are an ally in the fight against frizz, Jamie also notes that it's best to go with the elements (as opposed to against them) and embrace your hair's natural texture instead of putting it through the stress of constant blowdrying and straightening. scrunch it up if you're at the beach (as the salty atmosphere is conducive to creating a perfectly undone waviness), or put it up it in a casual ponytail or messy topknot and you're good to go -- no tools necessary!

4. if you're planning a beach day, you may want to slick wet hair back with conditioner -- leave-in or otherwise -- before heading out. the conditioner will protect your hair from the especially intense heat, sun and wind that beat down on you after several hours spent in the sand.

5. when all else fails, cover it up! braids, scarves, swim caps and hats are all excellent options. a summer hat will shield you from the sun's damaging rays and the harsh chlorine found in swimming pools, while also being on-trend (you'll really know it's summer when the ubiquitous fedora, the perennial favorite among the celeb set, will be making its triumphant return). panama hats, straw hats and the aforementioned fedora are all viable options. we also happen to love the scarf/braid hybrid look sported by karlie kloss in the summer ad campaign for hermes, shown below -- while it's tough to beat an hermes scarf, any scarf will do. how's that for summer hair inspiration?

do you make any adjustments to your hair routine when the seasons change? what are you going to do with your hair this summer?

this is only the first part of our summer hair survival guide -- there's much more to come, so keep an eye out for more tips from our experts!!

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