1. Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray – Okay, I know most of you have heard of this stuff already. It is basically cult status. But if not, pick up some for this summer. It is the only thing I can find that gives effortless beach waves. I spray this on the ends of day-old hair for body and a slight wave. It also works great on wet hair at night. After applying, braid and sleep. Wake with big, bouncy waves. Sure, you can make your own salt water to give volume and texture. But Bumble and Bumble have added in seaweed and kelp that keeps my hair much more hydrated than ocean water.
2. Kanebo Sensai Collection Sensai Intensive Hair Mask – Because I am addicted to buns and braids (especially in the hot summer), my hair is super long these days. I don’t have a problem keeping it free of split ends, but I have noticed a little dryness. This mask is technically recommended for severely damaged hair, but it also gives my relatively healthy hair a boost. The mask contains ten oriental herbal extracts to smooth and shine. It has a very subtle but pleasant floral fragrance. I apply to the bottom third of my strands after shampooing. I throw my hair in a bun in the shower and rinse out after about five minutes. I love that it doesn’t make my hair greasy, but bouncy and nourished.
3. Goody QUIK STYLE Paddle Brush – Did you know that towel drying hair can break strands and cause frizz? I skip towel drying and use the strangest looking brush you have ever seen to get out that initial moisture. It has super-absorbent microfiber bristles that soak up water as you brush your hair. I use a wide-tooth comb at the end of my shower to make sure there are no tangles. Generally, it isn’t good to brush wet hair, but this brush has widely placed bristles that glide through my strands. While it doesn’t get my long hair super dry, it seriously cuts down on dry time. And I’ve noticed my hair looks smoother since I gave up the towel. After use, the brush dries in a way that prevents any mildew or mold from forming on the micro-fiber.
4. Sedu Revolution Pro 6000i Hairdryer – The worst: making a huge effort drying your hair in the summer. And then proceeding outside, where your hair turns into a humid, sweaty mess. So my goal is to invest as little time as possible getting my hair presentable. That usually means a low bun or topknot (occasionally a braid). But some days you must have dry hair. The Sedu Revolution Pro 6000i Dryer has a high-performance motor that increases speed and air volume for faster, more efficient drying time. Their IONIC generator helps limit frizz. Literally, my hair drying time has been cut in half.