Written by Millissa Mathai, Editor in Chief of Haute Mimi International

Summer hair can be tricky. The humidity, the summer sun and incredibly high temperatures can leave your locks a bit frazzled. We went directly to celeb hair stylist, Riccardo Maggiore, from the Riccardo Maggiore Salon, for some great tips to keep hair in shape this summer.

Riccardo Maggiore believes you can have healthy, beautiful hair during the summer months if you know how to properly take care of it. After all, he has styled and tamed Sarah Jessica Parker's glorious mane. Here's the dish ...

Fine Hair
For fine hair, long layers are ideal. The layers will create movement and volume. This is perfect for the hot, summer months.

Wavy Hair
Wavy hair is great for summer. It’s beach hair without even stepping foot on a beach! Work with that texture and use plenty of moisturizer to emphasize the waviness.

Curly Hair
Heavy layers are good for curly hair, too. However, you don’t want to over-layer the hair. It should be cut long enough to achieve the desired style.

Thick Hair
For thick, straight hair, increase layers to achieve more movement. Thin the hair out in order to accomplish a look that heavy hair sometimes will not allow.

How can you avoid a scalp/part burn?
Try to avoid parts in your hair all together. Use a fashionable headband or scarf to slick hair back. If you must part your hair, use a sun specific product with a UV protectant, which contains sunscreen agents to protect hair from damaging UV rays.

What's the best way to deal with summer dryness?
Summer sun and heat can cause major dryness to hair. The key is to moisturize. Put tons of moisture in your hair. Use moisturizing shampoos, deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners – anything that will maximize moisture.

If you plan to hit the beach or pool, apply oil or a product with SPF to the hair. This will create a “seal” that will protect and prevent salt water, chlorine or sun to penetrate and cause damage.

What's the best way to deal with summer frizzies?
Find a product that will help combat frizziness while offering a radiant luster and eliminating the frizzies + static electricity.

How can you best control curls during the summer?
The best way to control natural curls is to use products that moisturize. Use a moisturizer, like a leave-in conditioner, to produce long, flowing curls, and a heavy product (like a gel) to produce tighter curls.



Spring Hair Forecast From The Riccardo Maggiore Salon

by Lori MacGregor & Lauren Rodolitz/Behrman Communications


This Spring be Flat-out Voluptous.  More people are waving good-bye to pin-straight hairRiccardo Maggiore and experts from the Riccardo Maggiore Salon in Manhattan predict that this Spring/Summer, hair will be more textured and voluminous than seasons past with contrasting tones to add depth.  

“Femininity is back in a big way,” says Salon owner, stylist and colorist Riccardo Maggiore. “The look now is multidimensional, more voluptuous, and more styled.  Hairstyles will have longer and softer curls and color that is deeper and warmer with subtle highlights and lowlights.“

STYLE: "Hair is no longer just straight or flat.  Hair this season is more styled and shaped with more movement and texture.  Whether hair is long or short, it is no longer shaggy.  Layers are longer and softer and have curves that move away from the face.  Instead of using a flat iron or blowing hair towards the face, use the dryer and brush to move hair away from the face.  Women with natural curls should enjoy them."

COLOR:  "Color this season is earthy, richer, deeper and warmer.  The look we want is multidimensional.  We will see highlights or lowlights one or two different from the base color, just enough to create some contrast.  They are subtle, not drastic, defined but not chunky."  

Forecasted color combinations:

  • Brunette tones - chestnut, honey and caramel

  • Blond tones - more golden, no longer platinum

  • Red tones - more chestnut or strawberry blond highlights.