Dried. Crispy. Greenish.
I’m not talking about the look of your lunchtime salad, but sadly that of summertime hair often seen by noted Boston stylist Megan Graham, who runs an eponymous salon on Newbury Street and in Aspen,
Colo. Graham also offers “beauty concierge” services, doling out advice to her clients about hair care and beauty that last long after they’ve left the salon.
Midsummer, she says, tends to be hair-crisis time. The novelty of sun-streaked locks has faded. Too many dips in chlorine-saturated pools have created unwanted tints. Copper and iron found in the ocean have done the same. (The water in Nantucket, she says, often turns hair a greenish hue. So much for luxury.)
“I talk about this with clients constantly,” she says.
What to do?
First things first: Invest in a weekly demineralizer (she favors the brand Malibu), a powder that mixes with shampoo.
“It instantly brightens and takes out unwanted tones. It’s a miracle product and can save people’s hair,” she says.
If you can’t resist a frolic in the pool, plan accordingly. Saturate your hair with fresh water before diving in.
“If your hair is absorbing fresh water, it won’t take in as much damaging chlorine,” she says.
Of course, unwanted tints are only the beginning. Humidity and heat can wreak havoc on a hairstyle. One too many rides on a muggy T, and smooth and sleek turns fried and frizzy.
Ergo, condition. Don’t slather it on; it will only weigh you down. Condition from the ends up; then rinse for three minutes to eliminate residue. To keep the scalp exfoliated and hair untangled, invest in a flat brush with sturdy bristles, like Mason Pearson — a British brand launched in 1885 — to slough off dead skin cells while showering.
Finally, now is not the time for a high-maintenance style, she says. During August, give yourself over to nature. If your locks are wavy, go wavy. If they’re straight, don’t blow dry too much for extra body — you’ll only dry out your mane.
“Change your expectations for summer. Your hair will thrive closest to its natural state,” she says.
Kara Baskin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.