Summer Strand Secrets from Herbal Essences’ Charles Baker Strahan

By  July 16, 2012

Temperatures are climbing this season, and you’ve got to have hot hair to match — no pun intended. Summer calls for frizz fighters, sun shields, and simple styling that’ll keep you and your hair looking their best. Luckily, we got some celebrity coif advice from Herbal Essences ambassador Charles Baker Strahan. From Melrose to Manhattan, the hair aficionado has been responsible for ‘dos donned by Leighton Meester, Lauren Conrad, and Mariah Carey. Now, he’s giving Glam some great hair how-to’s to make you a summer stunner.

Summer heat is usually accompanied by humidity. How can we keep the moisture in but the frizz out?
Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner in the shower and prep your hair properly before you go outside. Choose products based on your hair type – thicker textures may want a serum where finer textures may want a cream. Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Smoothing Serum and Anti Frizz Creme both help to control frizz caused by high humidity, maintaining all-day smoothness for any style.

What should beach blondes use to protect their hair from turning green after a dip in the pool?
For very sensitized hair, you can go so far as to working through a conditioner before jumping into the pool. Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Conditioner attaches to hair, smoothing the cuticle to help make tresses easier to comb through, keeping it strong against damage.

Have any quick pick-me-ups that can freshen up sweaty summer locks without leaving them weighed down?
Recharge and restyle with Herbal Essences Set Me Up Heat Protection Spray or Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel. This is a great way to restyle and shape shift. Both are light – Set Me Up Heat Protection Spray for finer hair, Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel for thicker. A few twists of a curling iron or a quick whip of a blow dryer and you’re ready to go.

We all want low-maintenance hair in the summer. What’s a simple style that we can all easily achieve at home?
Braids and ponytails are great, easy styles. You can make each of these looks your own as there are so many variations on how to do them. Both braids and ponytails can be styled sleek and high or low and loose with more body. For a simple look, I like to take a high ponytail and pin down the tail in the middle with a vintage-inspired clip, so the tail lies close to the head.

For all the fine-haired femmes, how can they achieve those big beach waves or bouncy curls without piling on a lot of product?
When hair is almost completely air dried, pile it into a high top knot or bun while laying by the pool. This helps to create a great base to build body off of. A bit of Herbal Essences Body Envy Hairspray and a curling iron can build all the body and beachy you’re looking for in two easy steps and one product.

What Herbal Essences goodies should a summer girl never leave home without?
It’s so important to know your hair type and what your hair needs – the best products are the ones that fit within your hair profile. My favorite go-tos for everyone are Set Me Up Heat Protection Spray to protect against styling damage, Honey, I’m Strong Shampoo and Conditioner to help keep hair strong, and Body Envy Hairspray because everyone can have a little volume in the summertime, and it’s kind of sexy and fun.

Any summer hair do’s and don’ts?
Don’t fight mother nature! You can defy a little bit here or there, but if you have curly hair, stick straight locks is probably not your best bet. Do hydrate. Do try fun ponytails and braids to beat the heat. Don’t jump in the pool without getting your hair wet first – dry hair will soak up chlorine more than wet hair does. Wetting your hair before you jump in will allow you to more easily remove the chlorine. Do beachy waves. Don’t fuss or fret – just have fun.

Herbal Essences Touchably Smooth Anti-Frizz Crème, $4.29 at Walgreens.com | Honey, I’m Strong Conditioner (coming soon!) | Set Me Up Heat Protection Spray, $4.29 at Drugstore.com | Tousle Me Softly Spray Gel, $3.37 at Walmart.com | Body Envy Volumizing Hairspray, $3.99 at ULTA.com