Haircare for Sunny months

Want to workout outside now that the weather is changing?

Celebrity hairstylist Larry Sims, who has tamed the manes of Victoria Beckham, Queen Latifah, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Lopez (to name a few), wants to remind you that sweat, sun damage and tight ponytails all contribute to brittle hair.

“Athletes’ hair tends to be a bit drier from excessive sweating,” Sims says. “Often times, you’ll see breakage along the hairline or mid-strand from tight ponytails.”

Heat styling, such as flat-ironing and blow-drying, cause problems too . “Overexposure to heat can easily weaken your hair strands,” Sims says. And don’t forget about UV protection for your hair.

To help repair damage, Sims suggests Leave-In Conditioning Treatment, avoiding alcohol-based styling products and shampoos with drying sulfates, which can strip hair of moisture and shine. Instead, look for natural ingredients such as aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oil and other botanicals.

vfusion-5We recommend Vitapro Fusion from Giovanni Organic Hair Care, which fuses together vitamins and proteins to create soft, manageable, beautiful hair. Vitamins aren’t just good for your body, but good for your hair, too! When combined with protein, the result is stronger, healthier, shinier strands. Perfect for dry, brittle and over-processed hair, Vitapro Fusion is a lightweight, intensive liquid hair repair treatment.  It fills and seals the hair shaft.

VitaPro Fusion Leave-In Hair Treatment:

  • Penetrates damaged hair to rebuild and repair
  • Infuses hair with protein-enriched botanicals
  • Protects hair from heat and chemicals
  • Locks in moisture
  • Adds shine

VitaPro Fusion retails for only $7.95 and is available at Target and Whole Foods. My teenage daughter has been using this product for a month in her hair. She runs with her school’s running teams in the Florida sun and has been experiencing dryness, flatness and drab color lately. I’ve attached to photos to show you how her hair has improved with this product. I’ve watched the bounce and fullness come back to her natural waves. Just to be fair, I picked 2 days when she took the time to “do” her hair. She wears a half-up-half-down thing a lot. She’s ready for a friend’s party on the left 2 months ago, and out to dinner for her own birthday on the right.

Before and After

Before and After

You can also combat damage while you wash with Giovanni’s Colorflage Shampoos and Conditioners, which offer UV protection and are designed to defend against color-fading (natural colors too) and provide antioxidants. The line includes color-specific shampoos and conditioners for those who have Perfectly Platinum, Beautifully Blonde, Brazenly Brunette, Bold Black and Remarkably Red hair. High-performance, natural ingredients such as berry cocktails and juniper extract can give your hair the best combo of strength, moisture and shine.

  • Protect: UV anti-fade maintains color vibrancy and integrity.
  • Defend: Super silicones seal in high-watt shine & defend against thermal damage.
  • Shield: Nourishing, antioxidant-powered conditioners shield against color wash-out.
  • Restore: Enriched lather prevents color stripping while smoothing rough, porous strands to restore hair strength.


COLORFLAGE Shampoos & Conditioners retail for $8.99 and are available at Target, Whole Foods and select natural food stores nationwide.

femme-fatale-5832-73You can keep all your sunscreen and haircare products organized in a Caboodle! Find Caboodles in the hands of celebrities like Vanna White, Oprah’s make-up artist Reggie Wells, Kim Wyatt of the Pussycat Dolls, and on TV shows like CSI, Toddlers & Tiaras, Bridezillas, Big Bang Theory, Desperate Housewives, Ace of Cakes and more! Their 70+ products’ low price range is $5-$40. Just like your hair care, your Caboodle is customizable! Some have interior dividers which are both movable and removable. Some have mirrors attached. Some allow you to add your own nameplate. For toting around haircare while you travel or hit the gym, try Caboodle’s Femme Fatale. I love it because it looks more like a purse, so your cosmetics and toiletries are disguised in a stylish way. Retails for $19.99 at Target.

wallaroo2To avoid sun damage from the get-go, keep your head “brimming” with protection by wearing a hat! When it comes to your summer hat, size does matter. Make sure to check for brim size along with UPF factor when shopping for a fashionable summer hat. Wallaroo hats feature pliable 2″ to 4 ½” brims for maximum sun protection – and offer an Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+, protecting the sensitive skin on the scalp from 97.5% of the sun’s harmful rays. Available in a variety of styles for men, women and children, Wallaroo hats are the perfect accessory for a long & lovely beach vacation or a quick jog through the park. Hats can be an effortless way of attaining maximum skin safety.

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