YES! YES! YES! A quick survey of the surfers, lifeguards and scenesters soaking up the rays at Ditch Plains surf beach in trendy beach town Montauk, N.Y., reveals women are still mad about Herbal Essences' “totally organic experience.”
Some surfers even keep the conditioner on the beach to mix with their salt-infused hair for detangled-yet-windswept tresses. As for their color? It’s the sun! Trimming? Just once or twice a year! Yes, the Montauk bunch are particularly laid-back when it comes to hair maintenance.
For those craving a bit more guidance on how to protect and/or rehab summer hair, I turned to trichologist (aka hair and scalp scientist) Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips at Philip Kinglsey’s NYC clinic who suggests:
“It’s important to think about protection pre-exposure, rather than damage control. Think of your scalp the same way you think of your face and protect it with SPF. To avoid lifeless, greasy hair, target the application of the SPF. Saturate a Q-tip with a broad spectrum sunscreen and apply it directly to the part line. Additionally, use products with UV filters to give the length of your hair a layer of sun protection. On a weekly basis use a scalp treatment that’s a combination of vitamins and minerals as well as emollient conditioners.”
We also chatted with Sera Sloane, who runs an invite-only hair studio in Tribeca, NYC, called Only Child. Sera has also been called upon to style the locks of adorable surfer Quincy Davis for cool surf shop Saturdays so she knows a thing or two about dealing with summer hair.
Sera’s preferred sun protection method? Lightly wet the hair and apply a conditioner, and then roll hair into your favorite Pebbles Flintstone top knot with a couple of pins. Pass that Herbal Essences, please.
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