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Defend Your ‘Do: Summer Haircare Essentials

Luckily for you, BWB has carefully curated a repertoire of must-have products to add to your hair protection arsenal.

Now that it is mid-July, we’re quickly reaching the glorious pinnacle of summertime shine. The days are at their longest, the sun is at its highest, and the temperatures are at their hottest. Surely you always have a bottle (or two!) of sunscreen somewhere in tow to protect your skin— but did you know that UVA and UVB rays can be just as harmful to your beachy, sun-kissed waves? Too much unprotected sun exposure can cause discoloration, brittle texture, split ends, thinning, and frizziness… Oh my! Does this mean we should start spritzing our hair with sunscreen to protect our fresh summer highlights? Not quite. Luckily for you, BWB has carefully curated a repertoire of must-have products to add to your hair protection arsenal.

For the Colorful Hair Cutie:

Maintaining the integrity of your hair color is cumbersome enough when the color sails away into the drain of your shower— but the sunshine works double time to dull your beautiful sheen! Combat these color bandits with Color Wow Color Security Conditioner. This product keeps your locks bouncy and soft without the oxidizing agents that typically expedite the fading process. Keep the gloss and vibrancy of your color without parabens, pearlizing agents, and unfortunate brassy tones.

No need to say bon voyage to your honey-kissed auburn— your color is here to stay!


For the Demure ‘Do:

There is nothing like a classy, dignified aroma with just a hint of the Caribbean sea to frame the face during the summertime. With each flip of the hair, you are enveloped in a cloud of algae, camellia oleifera, and fresh beachy air. The Ligne St. Barth Extra Mild Shampoo is a gentle cleansing agent perfect for all hair types, even thin or sensitive. With soft, nourishing ingredients and an elegant perfume, this silky amber product nurtures both your hair and your scalp. After a long day in the sun, treat your hair to a steamy wash and massage this shampoo slowly into your scalp. Inhale deeply and indulge in the soothing fragrance lining your locks.


For the Hydrated Hair Queen:

Here at BWB, we love a good multi-purpose balm for any and all beauty emergencies. The essence absolue universal balm from Shu Uemura is the perfect hydrating agent for everything from eyebrows and beards to cuticles and elbows. Sweet notes of red camellia oil melt into the skin quickly without leaving behind a greasy film of residue. Massage the balm into your hands and gently run your fingers through your hair to give your strands a hydration boost and a silky shine. Currently fighting the frizz that comes with the summer heat? Tame your effortlessly beachy look with a glossy finish and you’re good to go!


For Tangled Tresses:

If your hair has a lot of length, texture, or a combination of both, chances are you’ve had to joust with many tangles and knots in your day. Luckily, Rahua has a partner-in-crime to help your comb fend off the frizz. This Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier both softens and strengthens your hair with morete, rahua and sacha inchi oils. Even better, morete oil is packed with Vitamins A, C, and E as well as UVA-protecting agents for ultimate sunshine coverage. Spray generously over the hair after cleansing, comb through, and go about your day! From preventing breakage to providing photoprotection for color-treated hair, this leave-in treatment is perfect for all hair types and concerns. To top it off: you’ll be smelling passionfruit and mango every time you turn your head.


For the Beach Bum:

A summer haircare haul would simply be incomplete without a magic product for effortlessly beachy waves. The Beach’N Spray from Sexy Hair is a dry texturizing spray that gives hair of all lengths a voluminous tousle perfect for a seaside vacation. Lock in your waves with a light & shiny boost, and protect your sleek strands against humidity for up to 24 hours. See you later, dry frizz! Ride the waves and your hair will follow suit.


Keep up with the BWB Buzz, and make sure you keep these products close to your sunscreen this summer – you’ll need them just as much!

Teresa Deely

Teresa Deely is a junior at Columbia University majoring in English and Creative Writing. As President of the Columbia University Glee Club, she loves to sing, make music, and celebrate multiple modes of artistic expression. She believes that one’s skin is yet another canvas and vehicle for art, and has loved styling her hair and applying makeup from a young age. While she has spent most of her time in educating youth and leading enrichment programs for children, she is highly motivated in discovering new ways to care for herself and sharing them with others.

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