How To Ask For Your Favorite Celeb’s Hair Color At The Salon

By Lisa Fogarty

Gone are the days plain ol’ brown, blonde and red; nowadays women are flocking to their colorists with celeb photos in hand asking for Blake Lively blonde or Christina Hendricks red. A photo is nice, but it’s even more helpful to your stylist if you can pinpoint exactly what you like about the hair color you’re hoping to achieve. Here, with the help of celebrity hairstylist Jet Rhys, we’ll teach you to speak like a stylist so you’ll get exactly the shade you’ve been searching for on your next visit to the salon.


Blake Lively

New mom Blake Lively has to-die-for blonde tresses, which remind us of summertime, rainbows, and all things good in the world. “This blonde is sunshine in color–a happy color!” Rhys says. “And it is not a solid color, it has two different shades of blondes: a pale buttery blonde and a medium tone of honey blonde dancing through the hair.”





christina_hendrix-shefindsChristina Hendricks

There are just as many shades of red as there are blonde and brunette so before you decide to live your exciting new life as a redhead, it’s important to do your homework. When Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks said adios to her natural blonde hair, she committed 100 percent to the hue. “With red hair it is essential to say you want ‘copper red hair,'” Rhys says. “This red is not strawberry blonde, nor is it auburn. It is a definitive orange red, not a violet cherry red.”




jennifer_aniston-shefindsJennifer Aniston

We challenge you to find a celebrity whose hair color is more coveted. Jennifer Aniston’s hair is so multidimensional, it refuses to be pinned down and labeled as “light brown,” “dark blonde,” or simply “brunette.” Jen has a color all her own. “Jennifer is not a solid looking brunette. Contrast is the keyword for getting Jennifer’s color,” Rhys says. “Explain that you’d like to be a light golden brunette and avoid the word “warm”, as warm can be interpreted as a light reddish brown.” Rhys goes on to add, “You want to say that you still want your light brown hair color, but that you would like to add dark honey signature pieces that enhance the brunette color.”


mila_kunis-shefindsMila Kunis

Mila Kunis’ dark hair has a great deal of depth to it, thanks to the many tones of red and brown woven throughout. “The key phrase is ‘I want to see a rich brown added to the color,'” Rhys said. “This keeps the color from being red in tone. Auburn is soft and rich, not red, not brown–just a nice combo of the two.”





michelle_williams-shefindsMichelle Williams

Michelle Williams’ extreme platinum blonde is definitely not for shrinking violets, but it is a lot more wearable than you might think. With this color, which requires a lot of maintenance, it’s crucial that you communicate well with your stylist. “I love M.W. Platinum Blonde hair!” Rhys said. “Some colorists hear the word ‘platinum’ and lighten you up to a white bleach blonde. Her tones make this hair color rock. They are a biscuit beige, pale, cashmere, light sand in tone. The blonde is soft; it does not shout. Make sure your colorist makes it ‘pale,’ not white. Michelle’s color has no yellow or brassiness in it,” Rhys adds.

zoe_deschanel-shefindsZooey Deschanel

The New Girl star’s enviable dark tresses are crazy luscious, but there are two words you shouldn’t use to describe Zooey Deschanel’s color to stylists. “Try to avoid the words ‘rich’ and ‘warm,’ Rhys says. “That translates to red. Instead, use the words ‘deep,’ ‘espresso,’ or even ‘loose English breakfast tea.'”






taylor_swift-shefindsTaylor Swift

Everything about Taylor Swift–from her smile to her personality–is as shiny as a penny, which makes it easy to misjudge her hair color as more golden than it is. But Taylor’s dirty blonde shade is a lot more ashy than some women might think. “Use the word ‘flat’ in tone,” Rhys said. “Or ‘mousy’ or a ‘mink’ tone.”


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Taking it Personal

Jet Rhys in Solana Beach, CA, caters to the individual, from first-class service to bespoke style.

I love to evolve the look of my clients’ hair,” Jet says. “It starts with creating the perfect healthy hair canvas for color to come.”

What’s Unique

Jet Rhys takes customer service a step further than simply offering time-crunched clients a beverage. “We always ask our clients if they would like to order something to eat,” Jet says. The salon provides menus from local restaurants, calls in the orders and picks them up. “We believe in 100 percent first-class service for our guests,” Jet says.

Inside Story

The tagline “Looks are everything” easily sums up the focus at Jet Rhys’ flagship location in Solana Beach, CA, a 2,800-square-foot open, industrial space featuring lots of black with magenta accents. With an impressive résumé that includes creating the beauty looks for major national TV and print ads as well as educating fellow stylists around the globe, Jet and Rhys founded Jet Rhys salons in 1992. Each member of the salon’s team is personally trained by the talented duo, and ongoing education ensures that skills are kept up-to-date. Jet’s “Color Ribbons,” involves randomly lightening medium sections of hair for an “artistic flair.” Jet says the team’s ability to individualize current trends to suite each client’s needs is what sets the salon apart. “We strive to look beyond bone structure and skin tone to find each client’s true persona and create the perfect hairstyle,” she says.

Marie Claire | Spring Hair Fixes

Twitter Tips

We enlisted Sally Hershberger Downtown salon senior stylist Matt Fugate (@mattshair) and salon owners Oscar Blandi (@OscarBlandi) and Jet Rhys (@jetrhyshair) to address your warm-weather hair concerns in 140 characters or less

“Biotin can help promote hair growth. Since full hair looks longer, trick the eye by dyeing a darker shade to plump cuticles in the meantime.” (JET)

“Estrogen starts to drop in the mid-30s, causing hair to “age” and become dry. Products with vitamin B and fatty acids help add moisture.” (JET)

“Before working up sweat, prep hair with dry shampoo at the roots and twist hair into a whimsical topknot to prolong the style.” (JET)

Estetica | Males go Alpha

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Back to school to learn the ABCs of male dominance for this season’s looks: Attitude, Balance and Cut. So man up!

by Victoria Thomas

Jet Rhys, cult hair inspiration and President and Founder of Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego and Solana Beach, CA, encourages men to experiment with product, advising to start out small, with no more than a dime-size dab. As always, dudes, discretion is the better part of valor.

She says, “If you’re going out on the town, this is where you can have fun with product. Cocktail a thickening spray and a hair gel with a wax.” Her picks: Full Form Mousse and Thickening Spray by Bumble&bumble. Jet also encourages men to consider having a stylist add color: “Whether you are camouflaging grey, or adding lightened color sparks, or color flashes to enhance the haircut, these are options for the mod man.” Men are notorious for their ability to compartmentalize, everything in its neat little box. But when considering a Winter style statement, take in the full picture, including eyebrows.

Short Hair | 5 “It” Looks



Are their styles do’s or don’ts? Mane maven Jet Rhys of her namesake salon in San Diego weights in!

by Mary Greenberg

Asymmetrical Chop
Jennifer Lawrence vs. Elsa Pataky

With its glamorous yet unstructured feel, JLaw is the clear winner–Jet gives her major props for tucking on side back. While Elsa’s got a great cut, it isn’t properly styled. “If she had a definite low parting rather than puffing it up and over, it would be better. Also, the color is too white against her skin.”

Full Mid-length
Lauren Cohan vs. Leigh Lezark

Score this one for team Leigh: “Her hair is dressed up but it’s not too stiff.” Jet also likes the kicky ends and her classy ebony color, and deems Lauren’s look a little rough around the edges. Making matters worse, “her color is too stripy and dated; I’d suggest a light cocoa brown.”



Who Does Them Better?
Girly Bob
Samaire Armstrong vs. Lily Collins

Lily edges out the competition because “her style is fresh and casual yet polished and the color is perfect”, plus her fringe falls by her eye so it grazes the cheekbone. Samara’s mane problem is her face-framing layers, which are too long. “It would look more balanced if she parted it down the middle.”

The Sleek Lob
Taylor Schilling vs. Caitlin Fitzgerald

Top honors go to Caitlin, whose style stands out because it’s got a looser feel. “Taylor’s is too overdone with the flat iron and there’s no movement,” says Jet. “It’s too stick-straight and kind of ‘wiggy’ looking, and it also appears she has a product overload problem.

Polished Pixie
Valerie Curry vs. Victoria Summer

Valerie nails it, says Jet. “Her cut is timeless, paying homage to the 60s. The pieces are laid out just right with no harsh parting–it’s perfectly imperfect–and the color is bang-on right. Victoria’s misses the mark because of its styling. “Her low parting is trendy but it shouldn’t be tucked back–taking it forward would enhance her great cheekbones.”

Better Homes & Gardens | How To Get A Great Haircut

You can’t always get what you want–except at the salon, that is! Here’s how to walk out of your next appointment with the hair of your dreams.

By Krista Bennett DeMaio



The perfect cut starts with the perfect pro. Meet your match with these simple tips:

Spot a woman at your local drugstore with amazing hair? Ask her for a referral. Another resource: the cosmetic counters at your local department stores, says Jet Rhys, a salon owner in San Diego. “Those makeup artists are like your concierge for beauty–they know who’s who in the industry,” she says.

Once you have a few names, see what local beauty bloggers and previous clients are saying about the stylists and salons, Rhys says. Yelp and Citysearch are also rife with customer reviews.




A change will do you good. Check out this trio of chops:
“Short hair is huge for fall,” Rhys says. She calls this cropped cut a cross between a pixie and a shag: “long, full bangs, but shorter at the sides and nape.”


Picture-perfect? Not always. Here are the dos and don’ts for your pic picks:

>> DO tear or print out your images. “We love pictures,” Rhys says. “We don’t love having to scroll through your camera roll or Pinterest boards on your phone – it cuts into your appointment time.”


It happens all too often: You leave the salon with a swingy mane only to have your hair fall flat when you attempt to style it on your own. Make sure you know how to do your ‘do with these tricks:

>> Take a video Go ahead, whip out your smartphone. “Record what’s going on in the mirror,” Rhys says. You’ll get a step-by-step tutorial to watch in your bathroom.
>> Go home with the goods “We don’t suggest you buy products because we’re greedy,” she says. “We do it because they work for your look.” If you can’t swing salon prices, ask for drugstore picks.


At the salon Don’t leave! “Give your stylists a chance to make it right,” Rhys says. Or see the manager or owner, who can make suggestions.
At home If it’s been two to three days and you just can’t make your new style work, go back to the salon. Unless you’ve changed your mind about the style you asked for, there should’t be an additional charge.

More | New Beauty Rules at 30, 40, 50, & 60


What to do when to do it

“Take off your makeup before bed”
is eternal. But lots of other beauty commandments become outdated every 10 years or so. Turn the page to find your age group and check out our three helpful to-dos for that decade–as well as one oft-repeated mandate you can now ignore
by Holly Crawford

In Your 30s
3 Rules To Follow

Nearly 30 percent of women skimp conditioner, according to a study by Procter & Gamble (the maker of Pantene and Fekkai hair care.) While you can get away with just a speedy shampoo at 16, when your scalp is producing ample amounts of oil, a quick sudsing won’t cut it anymore. Around your age, sebum production on your scalp drops sharply, says San Diego salon owner Jet Rhys. And the less oil your scalp produces, the more fragile your hair becomes. Why? Coloring, heat styling and general wear and tear leave tiny holes in the surface of your strands–and without natural scalp oils to fill them in, your hair becomes weaker, less elastic and more vulnerable to breakage. Fortunately, conditioner is an excellent substitute for scalp oil and will seal those holes, Rhys explains. Conditioner also wraps itself around your strands, smoothing rough cuticles and creating an even surface that reflects light. The result: shine! So be sure to follow every shampoo with conditioner and, for extra insurance, add an at-home mask once a week. Try Pantene Pro-V Moisture Renewal Conditioner ($4; drugstores) and Nexxus Humectress Hydrating Treatment Deep Conditioner ($15;

In Your 40s
3 Rules to Follow

Just when you’ve come to understand your hair texture, hormones can throw you a curveball. “Hair texture often changes in your forties, becoming wavier, straighter or coarser,” Rhys explains. Plus, almost everyone experiences the loss or thinning of hair because of pregnancy or other hormonal shifts. So you have a new mandate: Treat those thinning tresses with kid gloves. Accepting and accentuating your (new) natural texture will make your hair healthier and your AM styling session less frustrating. Some guidelines: If your hair is wavier than it used to be, play this up with a texturizing salt spray like Bumble and bumble Surf Spray ($26; If it’s straighter (and chronically limp), try Redken’s Cerafill Texture Effect Hair & Scalp Refresher ($18; for salons); it adds volume the way a dry shampoo does but without the matte finish. If your hair is coarser than it used to be, consider using a styler with moisturinzing ingredients, such as L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Reconstruction and Protecting Blow-Dry Cream ($26; Finally, if your hair is thinning, switch to shampoos and conditioners created to maximize the strands you still have. We like Phylia de M. Shampoo and Conditioner ($35, $40;

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In Your 60s
3 Rules to Follow

“It’s nonsense to think you’re too old to wear your hair long,” says Rhys. “Keeping some length, whether it’s past your shoulders or collarbone length, can subtract years.” Texture changes (read: thinning) may dictate not going too long or you’ll sacrifice body ad bounce, but Saviano agrees there’s no need to default to your grandmother’s cropped wash and set. For inspiration, look at Dianes Keaton and Sawyer or even the extra-long-locked Jan Seymour and Brinkley. One tip to take from these ladies: Use layers, bangs or both to soften the frame around your face.

Elle | America’s Best Hair – Top 100 Salons



We surveyed the top 100 salons across the country to bring you ELLE’s annual report of the most requested cuts and colors. Here, how to make the winning looks you own.

By Ali Finney

America The Beautiful

We assembled a list of ELLE-approved salons in every state. Find yours here!


WINNER: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
RUNNERS-UP: Alexa Chung, Zoë Kravitz, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Mara
Queen B’s Beyhive made her asymmetrical bob our number-one most-requested cut this year. Her hairstylist, Kim Kimble, gets an A-plus in advanced geometry for the precise angles: A wedge in the back gives hair a “little bit of volume,” while the 45-degree angle to the front helps elongate the face. For extra credit, Kimble parts hair close to the middle, aiming just above the inner eyebrow. San Diego salon owner Jet Rhys calls the look “the little black dress of haircuts,” but says that the way it’s styled is key. “The West Coast likes to keep things casual and a bit free,” she says, “but we also want to be polished.”


BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Sumo Wax helps “separate ends without weighing them down,” Rhys says; GÖT2B Oil-licous shampoo prevents bobs from going flat; SUAVE Natural Infusion Seaweed All Day Body Leave-In Foam builds texture for an undone look; use a HARRY JOSH blow-dryer but skip the brush, “scrunching hair until it’s about 90 percent dry,” Rhys says.

The Secret to Achieving Sky-High Hair

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By Jet Rhys, Special to Everyday Health

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The one product from Kérastase that I cannot live without is Mousse Bouffante. Yes, mousse – and remove that image of Bon Jovi from your mind! I have to say, when I first heard that foam and mousse were making a comeback, I thought of stiff, crunchy hair. But this mousse is a new and different generation. It’s light and airy in texture, but it packs a punch in the body-building arena! After using a golf-ball sized blob, brushes can still glide easily through the hair, which makes it easy to blow-dry. I’m also able to use the mousse on fine, thick, curly, or straight hair! I especially love the benefit of the UV protection and vitamin E filter in it, which is so important to me on the West Coast because of the intense sun rays.

Behind the Label

What it is: Volumizing mousse

Star ingredient: Micronized polymers that give maximum hold with flexible movement and shape memory to hair

Buy it: Kérastase Mousse Bouffante ($37)

Jet Rhys is a hairstylist and owner of the Jet Rhys salons in California.

Short Hair: Celebrity Makeovers this minute!



Hair pro Jet Rhys of her namesake salon in San Diego, CA rates several stars’ recent style redos

by Mary Greenberg

Jaimie Alexander has been a pixie chick for quite awhile–it’s her color that’s undergone a major reboot.

Jet is blunt about the blonde. In addition to it being wrong for her skin tone, dark eyebrows and hazel eyes, she explains, “They didn’t push the lightener long enough and stopped at the chicken yellow stage.” What’s more, the “after” cut is too short in all the wrong places. “She looks great without a part and with piece-y bangs that fall forward. Now, all you see are her dark eyebrows.”


Emma Stone’s sleek, shoulder-skimming lob has morphed into a layered look with full fringe and undone texture.

From the strategically cut bangs to the ombré color and undone texture, Jet raves about Emma’s new look, calling it “gorgeous, grown-up and sexy.” The ombré is concentrated on the sides only so it frames the face and the bangs are a little shorter in the middle for a playful touch. “By keeping her bangs a deep copper, they make her green eyes totally pop.”


Julianne Hough wore long extensions before ditching them and having her locks lopped super-short.

Most people think ing hair’s more youthful, but Julianne proves otherwise. “she looks younger in this sassy style–it’s definitely a winner!” The long pixie has length in front for versatility–she can part it in the middle, on either side and tuck it behind the ears. Plus, the color has lots of sunny tones for dimension and definition. “Sometimes when you go from long to short, the color is too solid, but not here.”


Taylor Schilling wore it long and wavy, then had her hair cut to the shoulders and started styling it straight.

“I prefer the ‘before’,” says Jet. “You can tell her hair has same wave and she’s embracing it.” Unfortunately, her new cut wasn’t flat-ironed properly–Rhys calls it a “forced straightened” style–but if it were worn wavy, then pouffed out a bit, it would look so much better. The color also gets a thumbs-down. “She went lighter, removed the hue’s warmth and added too many ash tones, which is making her skin look too pale.”


Aubrey Plaza’s chin-length bob was super-sleek and solidly dark before she incorporated dipped-dyed ends and more fullness.

Admiring her very thick hair that she says is naturally ultra-dark, Jet says she also likes the idea of dip-dyed ends but not the execution. “I would’ve preferred them to be more of a chocolate brown than red because the color is too bright and it doesn’t complement her skin tone.” On the plus side, the hair pro calls her new casual styling flirty and lots of fun.


Alicia Witt’s hair used to fall just pas her shoulders, but these days, she’s wearing a jaw-length bob.

According to Jet, she looks great either way, but her new cut isn’t styled properly. “I think they tried to get it full by teasing the crown, but the top should be flatter and not so separated,” she explains. “I would’ve blown it out straight with no flips–a smooth bob would look great on her.” Plus, Jet prefers her earlier richer copper haircolor.

All You | Simple No-Sweat Styles

Simple No-Sweat Styles.

Toss the blow-dryer and flatiron into the drawer until fall! Keep your locks healthy–and pretty–all summer long with these easy, chic look that are sure to keep you cool
By Liesa Goins

allyou-pg1-jul14-webThe undone


Ideal for busy women, this intentionally imperfect undo works best on unwashed hair.


shoulder-length or longer hair; any texture


Spray dry shampoo over hair to absorb oil and restore volume. If you have fine hair, ands extra lift: Section off strands from the forehead to the crown (like a big Mohawk) and tease.
Gather hair into a high ponytail with your hands (a brush will make hair too smooth). Secure with an elastic, then twirl the ponytail around the base. (If your pony lacks fullness, backcomb it first.) Tuck a few bobby pins here and there to hold the bun in place.
Pull a few pieces loose for that effortless effect, and finish with a spritz of hairspray.



Catching these perfect waves means add a touch of salt and letting hair air-dry, just like you would after a day at the shore.


shoulder-length or longer; straight or wavy textures


Start with clean dry hair or try this to refresh unwashed locks: Divide hair into four large sections around your head and, working one at a time, mist with sea-salt spray. Three to five pumps should do it–too much product would leave hair crispy.
Twist each section into a tight coil until it winds on itself into a bun, and secure with a claw clip or pin.
Leave hair up until it dries, then unpin and shake hair loose. Scrunch for extra fullness.

The pumped-up


This is an easy-to-achieve twist on a go-to style: tight and clean in front, with flowing texture at back. The effect is simple and cool.


shoulder-length or longer; any texture


Start with dry hair. For sleek front, rub two over three drops of hair oil into your palms, then smooth over hair from the roots down. Brush strands into a tight ponytail and secure with an elastic matching your hair color.
If hair is straight or wavy, mist the tail with texturizing spray and scrunch small sections to create fullness and movement. Skip the spritz if you have curls. Instead, twirl and tousle a few strands.
Polish things off by misting a spoolie brush with hairspray to tame any flyways.

allyou-pg3-jul14-webHalf-up, half-down


Taming curly hair can be a battle in the best of climate conditions, so this no-fuss look with a polished vibe is a breath of fresh air.


chin-length or longer; natural curls


You’re letting hair dry naturally, so the right combo of styling products is your formula for frizz-free softness. Mix equal parts defining gel and nourishing hair oil to separate curls, leaving them touchable–not stiff or crunchy.
Work the mixture through damp hair, coating every strand. Then scrunch hair to encourage curl: Place small sections in the palm of your hand. Lift the hair toward your scalp, then squeeze. (Only once, or you’d risk frizz.)
When hair is dry, take a 1- to 2-inch sections from above each ear, pull back and secure with a sturdy clip.



Unfortunately, the activities you enjoy outdoors also expose hair to damage. Here’s how to shield your strands.


UV rays are bad for your color (even if you don’t dye it), causing dullness and fading. Hats shade and protect, but if you don’t like them, you can wear a hairstyle that keeps large sections of hair out of the sun, such as a topknot or braid. Spending a lot of time outside? Apply a protective hair product containing UV filters.


You’ve seen how a summer packed with pool time can wreck a swimsuit, so just imagine what it does to your hair. Chlorine uses oxygen to kill germs, but that oxidation process causes brittleness and bleaching in hair fibers. Before diving in, coat wet or dry hair with a silicone-based leave-in conditioner to help seal the cuticle and prevent chlorine from seeping in.
In a pinch, you can saturate hair with tap water. Your strands are porous and will soak up the non-chlorinated water first. Whatever you do, don’t allow hair to dry with chlorine on it. Shampoo immediately or do a thorough tap-water rinse.


The high salt level in the ocean means that regular dips can dehydrate hair. (Note for those who love their beach waves style: Salt levels in styling products are much lower, so they’re OK to use.) Coat hair with a moisturizing oil spray before dunking. Look for one with super nourishing and protective ingredients such s olive, sesame and almond oils. If you’ve splurged on a keratin treatment, you might want to keep your head above water, as the saline surf can shorten its duration.

“So much fun to do this story with Leisa Goins – super excited to be included in this article with all of my friends: Harry Josh, John Frieda International creative consultant; Doug Macintosh, colorist at Louise O’Connor Salon and Spay in New York City; Gregory Patterson, celebrity stylist in New York City; Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Salons in San Diego; Jeanie Syfu, Tresemmé stylist in New York City; Mark Townsend, Dove celebrity stylist in Los Angeles”

Shape | Look Great Beauty – Save Your Strands

shape-cover-jul_aug14-webYour hair doesn’t have to look like a hot mess when it’s scorching outside. These expert-approved tress tamers fix frizz, color fading, and more–so your style sizzles all season long.

by Melanie Rud Chadwick






Blame flat strands on a greater-than-usual buildup of oil and debris what weigh down your roots. “Sweat accumulates on your scalp, leaving hair extra greasy,” says Jet Rhys, stylist and owner of two eponymous salons in San Diego. Add to that residue from styling products, and your volumizing attempts are sure to be thwarted.


Adopt a hands-off policy. “Think about what’s on your hands–sunscreen, makeup, oil from food–that all gets transferred to your hair,” says Rhys. Using stylers properly is another way to fend off flatness. Instead of starting from the crown, flip your head over and apply the product to the underside, moving from tips to base–so the least amount reaches your roots.


Cleanse with a clarifying shampoo to remove residue. If you’re active and/or use a lot of stylers, wash with one weekly; otherwise, once or twice a month is sufficient, says Boston hairstylist and salon owner Mario Russo. Our pick: Toni&Guy Shampoo for Advanced Detox ($15; When it comes time to style, reach for dry shampoo. “It contains tiny particles of starch and minerals that attach to hair, creating fullness while also absorbing oil, “ says Rhys. This is one product you do want concentrated at the roots, so hold the can 2 to 3 inches away from your head. Separated hair into 3-inch sections, spritz the underside of each, then massage in with fingertips. Try Tresemmé Renewing Dry Shampoo ($5; drugstores).

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The sun is the main cause of a straw-like mane. “People don’t realize that UV rays are bad for your skin and hair,” says Rhys. “They lift and open the cuticle, the protective outer layer of hair, allowing the moisture inside to seep out.” Salt water and chlorine are also to blame. “Both are very drying,” says Rhys, “especially when hair is already damaged.”


Employ products with UV protection. Luckily, many stylers now pack sun-shielders. Two we like: Living Proof Restore Instant Protection ($26; and Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer ($26; Rethink your sudsing routine too. “Avoid shampoos with sulfates during the summer,” says Russo. “These harsh detergents can strip hair’s natural moisture, making it more prone to the drying effects of the sun.” Opt for a hydrating, sulfate-free formula like Fresh Seaberry Revitalizing Shampoo ($26;


This easy overnight treatment will deliver softer locks by morning: Pre-bedtime, apply an almond-size dollop of deep conditioner to clean, damp hair. Try Clear Scalp & Hair Deep Hydrating Treatment Mask ($5; drugstores). Massage from mid-shaft down, smoothing any leftover product onto the roots. Then pin up hair and cover with a shower cap. Besides keeping your pillowcase clean, “this traps your body heat and improves penetration of the mask,” explains Rhys. Rinse in the morning and style as usual. Repeat twice a week, or until hair is back to its pre-summer state.

shape-article3-jul_aug14-webFIGHT FRIZZ

It seems no one is immune from flyways on humid days. Frizz occurs when moisture from the air seeps into hair, causing strands to swell. Healthy, hydrated locks won’t be able to absorb as much of this excess moisture, so they’re less likely to frizz. On the flip side, dry tresses will soak up too much, leaving them prone to the problem. Combine damaged summer hair with higher humidity levels and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a frizz-fest, says Russo.


Rather than drying hair with a towel, reach for a cotton t-shirt. “The smooth texture creates less friction than rough terry cloth, so the cuticle doesn’t get as ruffled,” says Russo. A tightly closed cuticle is essential for staying sleek: It locks out ambient moisture and reflects light, so strands look shiny. Making sure hair is completely dry is another way to foil frizz. For the best results, use a blow-dryer with cuticle-smoothing ionic technology, and avoid drying in the bathroom post-shower (the steamy air can sabotage your efforts). A caveat: Regular blow-drys can be damaging, so try to stretch one out for a few days.


Dealing with errant strands? Apply a nickel-size drop of hair oil from mid-length to tips and twist into a bun. Try Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment ($13; drugstores). “The oil hydrates the hair and makes it look polished, while the tight style keeps flyways at bay,” says Rhys. Or, opt for a professional keratin treatment, like Goldwell Kerasilk Keratin Treatment (around $300; for salons), which is formaldehyde-free and delivers smoothing effects that last up to five months.


Though even normal wear and tear can cause the hair shaft to literally reach the breaking point, the problem is more prevalent during the summer–when hair is usually drier and more damaged. Outher mitigating factors: “Besides being more likely to forgo their regular haircuts, women are also frequently wearing their hair up,” says Russo. “And constantly putting it in a ponytail or topknot, especially whit elastics that pull and tug, increases the likelihood of breakage.”


The only way to stop splitting is with regular trims. And in this case, regular means every four to six weeks. It may seem like a lot, but keep in mind that you’re not going in for a full cut. Russo recommends asking for a “dusting,” which involves cutting just the fraying edges. If you’re trying to grow your hair or have serious scissor-phobia, be forewarned that skimping on snips will only come back to haunt you. “You’ll end up with so much breakage and damage farther up the shaft that you’ll have to take off way more than you would with a trim,” he adds.


The prevention and cure are one and the same. “Split ends are like a virus–once you have them, they’re going to keep spreading,” says Rhys. “The sole solution is to cut them off.” In the meantime, you can use products marketed as menders as a temporary fix: They bind the broken ends together (typically using a polymer) but, alas, only until your next shampoo. Try Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Split-End Bandage ($6; drugstores).

shape-article4-jul_aug14-webFENDING OFF FADING

Whether you dye your hair or not, the sun can wreak havoc on your hue, bleaching it several shades laughter over the summer. If you color your hair, you may also notice other changes–for instance, brunettes turn brassy and blondes look dingy. “When hair is damaged, color molecules from the dye start to slip out, altering the tone,” says Nexxus celebrity colorist Aura Friedman, of the Sally Hershberger Salon in NYC. Another culprit? Chlorine, which leaves a greenish cast that’s especially noticeable on blondes.


A hat and UV protector are the best ways to ward off shade shifting. Even with these protective measures, you’ll still experience some fading, so plan ahead to camouflage it. Since color changes are more apparent on a solid hue, Friedman says to ask for highlights (rather than a single process) at the start of the summer. “This way pieces that do fade will look intentional.” To avoid chlorine buildup, coat strands with a leave-in product prior to dips in the pool. “This minimizes the amount of water that penetrates into the strand,” explains Friedman, who likes Nexxus Color Assure Leave-In Primer ($18; drugstores) for this purpose. If hair does get wet without protection, Rhys suggests rinsing with club soda. “It contains sodium bicarbonate, which counteracts chlorine and thoroughly eliminates it.”


A color-depositing gloss is the ideal remedy for restoring richness, says Rhys. Have one done at the salon, or try an at-home version like Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Color Gloss ($26 in 5 shades; Ulta). Whether it’s used weekly or monthly, a glaze will help keep your hue true all season long.