Strands: Summer's Hottest Hair

Strands: Summer's Hottest Hair
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

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Whether you take a dip in the pool or sweat it out at the gym, this do will never let you down. To keep the look smooth and fuss-free, always use a lightweight gel like Redken Solid Water Wet Set Gel. Survival tip: Never apply gel to just the top layer of hair; instead work it throughout your hair for the smoothest finish.

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For a sister on the go, a light and airy short do is a summer must-have. Heather O’Kieffe of the Time Salon in Brooklyn created this fresh look by first wrapping the razor-cut hair, then shaping the Mohawk-inspired wisps with a ceramic flat iron. She then finger-styled with pomade for extra hold. Survival tip: Biolage Firm Hold Gel will keep your edges in check, even after you break a sweat. To keep hair in top condition, trim every two weeks.

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Sexy, cool and hassle-free, this braided do makes a bold statement from front to back. Stylist Shelli Mosley of Salon 804 in New York City created this versatile style so that it can be pinned up or released at the top for a more playful look. Survival tip: Keep your scalp conditioned and guarded from the sun with K’rastase Soleil Aqua Protective spray. To avoid fuzz, be sure to wear a scarf at night.

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Sassy Sweep
“A pinup is a cool way to switch up on those hot and sticky days,” says stylist Chioma of LaVar Hair Designs in New York City. She played with cornrows along one side to give a new feel to an old favorite (pinup with sweeping bang). Survival tip: For hair that’s smooth and shiny, Chioma recommends using Ellin LaVar Textures LiquidGlass and wrapping hair with a silk scarf at night.

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A fly wig is a great summer staple. Not only does it allow you to zip out the door in minutes, but you can also play with color, length and texture. Survival tip: If you’re thinking a wig might be too hot for summer, think again: These days you’ll find plenty of airy and lightweight versions.

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