May 28, 2013
With every new season, styles and trends within fashion, makeup and hair tend to pop up and then fade out. As summer draws near, many ladies might be interested in learning which hairstyles are hot right now and how to make certain looks work - despite the rising temperatures and humidity. Stephanie Scuoppo, a hair designer and certified hair extension specialist at Miano Viel Salon & Spa in New York City, recently offered some hair styling tips that are sure to help you look and feel fabulous all summer long - whether you're beaching it in the Hamptons or ready to stun in the office.
Be frizz free
Perhaps one of the biggest struggles women face in summer is dealing with frizz. Whether you have stick straight locks or bouncing curls, no one is free from this hair issue during hot and humid days. According to Scuoppo, there are a few options for limiting frizz and flyaways, and the leading tip might surprise some fashionistas.
"Definitely make sure you have your hair trimmed regularly to eliminate split ends, since they're a massive contributor to a frizzy appearance," Scuoppo shared. "It's best to get a cut every 4 to 6 weeks for short hair, and at least 8 to 10 for longer hair. Keeping layers on the long side is another important factor, since this style will weigh the hair down a bit."
Incorporating styling tools and serums into your daily routine is another important step in beating the frizz. Scuoppo recommends using wet styling products to limit frizz the minute you step out of the shower, followed by using lightweight gels to style for an added defense. Hair products like the Steiner Shine Drops Hair Serum 50ml are great styling tools for reducing frizz. Opting to try out some of the season's hottest updos - top knots and sassy side chignons - are other options for keeping frizz at bay.
Updos for work and play
You might not be the best at hair design, but Scuoppo believes most women will be able to figure out the top knot and chignon styles. The top knot has become so popular that there are styling tools on the market that look like donuts and help you easily wrap up your hair for a perfectly sleek high rise look.
Another fun tip for summer? Using vibrant silky wraps to cover up your hair on uncomfortably hot and humid days or after a long day at the beach.
"Summer is the time to have fun and experiment with hair," Scuoppo reports. "Try wrapping a colorful scarf or silk fabric for a 'San Tropez' or Cannes feeling. With some big sunglasses you'll be able to channel your inner diva!"
Most popular hairstyles for 2013
According to Scuoppo, when it comes to a celebrity hair crush, Jennifer Lawrence is the new Jennifer Aniston. Lawrence made waves a few months back when she debuted a new "chop" bob. The hair guru reports this look is not only fun and sexy for summer, it is almost universally flattering. Long bobs are another popular trend thanks to style mavens like Nicole Richie and Kerry Washington, and luckily, the look is a great option for most face shapes.
If you're longing for this style, Scuoppo recommends asking for "medium length, no longer than your collarbone, with longer layers starting right below the cheekbone."
Now that you know what to do this summer, it might be helpful to learn what hair-care mistakes to avoid and a few other steps that will ensure your locks stay healthy and glowing for life.
Shampoo less, condition more
Though leaving your locks out to bake in the sun might be what most fashionistas think is their worst habit, over-shampooing and under-conditioning is actually the most common woe, according to Scuoppo.
"Women especially tend to use too much shampoo too often and scrub their hair into a tangled mess," the professional stylist said. "They then put on a blob of conditioner - usually right at the top of the head. The scalp gets oily and the ends get dry."
Instead, Scuoppo recommends ladies shampoo their hair every other day or even every two days and massage the product into the scalp to help better remove oil and dirt build-up, since the ends don't need a ton of cleaning.
"For conditioner, use a dime size to start, or slightly more for thicker, longer hair," she recommends. "Always apply conditioner from the mid-shaft down to the ends first and then use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to evenly distribute it."
Keeping with this regimen will not only limit grease, it can also ensure different regions of your hair get the right nutrients after every application.
Skip the bangs
Scuoppo also touched on which styles are best for summer and which are better to wait until fall to attempt. Going for a sassy pixie or short updo like Elsa Pataky is an ideal warm weather option, while trying out blunt bangs is a style best reserved for colder weather, because nobody wants untamed frizz.
Scuoppo has been styling hair in New York City for more than two decades. She previously worked at the Elizabeth Arden flagship Fifth Avenue location as both a stylist and a Regional Haircut Educator.