Mermaid Tresses

Luxury Hair Care Meets Summer Style

There’s just something about that sun-kissed look of summer hair that says, “Sirens of the Sea.”

But getting the perfect beach waves takes practice and totally depends on your hair type and texture. So how do you work with your hair for the perfect summer style?


The right products keep your hair safe from the stresses of sun, salt, and chlorine. They will also help you to easily perfect your look in the hotter, more humid months when hair is harder to tame.

I have spoken here before on the importance of professional-grade products containing highly concentrated, quality ingredients.

My clients know that I’m a huge fan of Kerastase. I have a ton of experience with this line and admire their constant research and development of new and innovative solutions that address a broad variety of hair types and their specific issues.

Kerastase also creates suites of products that work together and enhance one another, like prescriptions for your specific hair type, to improve overall health and appearance. Here are my go-to suggestions on what to use for your texture to get the most of your summer look and protect or repair your hair from the stressors of the season.

  • Fine and Straight ~ This hair type needs a lighter product to avoid weighing it down. I really like L’Huile Original Hair Oil, packed with super-moisturizing Marula, Camellia, and Argan oils that absorb fully into the hair fiber without weight. This product is part of Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime suite, specifically designed to create soft, shiny, nourished hair.
  • Medium Texture ~ For blondes, I have great success with the Blond Absolu line that combines Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss flower to fortify hair and neutralize brassiness. Serum Cicanuit Hair Serum from this lineup is my go-to product here. It’s a lightweight serum that delivers overnight hydration to sensitized and bleached hair. For brunettes and redheads, I like 8H Magic Night Hair Serum, another overnight, super-nourishing hair serum. This award-winning product is part of the Nutritive suite, Kerastase’s best-selling hair regimen that restores nutrition and leaves hair deliciously soft and silky. I also highly recommend the Ban Satin 1 and 2 products from this line.
  • Curly or Coily ~ Kerastase’s Curl Manifesto line is formulated with Manuka Honey and Ceramide to provide hydration, definition, and strength. The standout here is Gelee Curl Contour Gel-Cream to amplify your curl’s natural shape, softness, and definition. It also leaves curls and coils soft and bouncy. And for those days when you want to skip a wash, there’s Refresh Absolu. I call this the “walk of shame” product, a fine mist spray that reactivates yesterday’s product and shine.

For all hair types, I highly recommend Initialiste Scalp and Hair Serum to strengthen and regrow hair fibers and build overall scalp health. It’s liquid magic. Another technique I share with my clients is wetting and applying a nutritive mask to hair before heading for the beach or pool. Cover with a hat or a microfiber towel and let the sun’s heat activate the conditioner all day long.

I hope these recommendations help you to channel your Inner Mermaid. As always, use your own experience and advice from your stylist to find the products just right for you.

Thank you for sharing in our HairLine conversation. I’ll post another installment in August, then return to the twice-monthly schedule in September. Please keep sending your great ideas for future topics of interest here.