Five Best Hair Products for the Summer

A good hair day is one of life’s simple pleasures (and a confidence booster every time). But hair can often do the exact thing you wished it wouldn’t. After years of testing products as a beauty editor, I’m happy to share five all-stars that will guarantee gorgeous hair all summer…

Five Best Hair Products for the Summer

If you want defined curls
A brush can feel like an enemy to anyone with wavy or curly hair (like me), whereas a good product is your best friend. To stop your hair from turning into one big poof, spritz Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Spray 10 to 12 inches away from damp hair. It defines each curl and helps them stay in place all day. Plus, the spray helps solve flat-on-top-curly-underneath situations.

If you’d like more shine
Does your hair ever just feel dull? A few drops of Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil applied to wet or dry hair will add shine and luster (both immediately and over the long-run). The argan oil and antioxidants hydrate and smooth hair, and the fatty acid omegas help repair split ends. I love, love, love this one; it makes my hair super glossy. Bonus: The scent is citrusy and delicious.

If your hair needs volume
For those with thinner hair, Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse will give you extra oomph. Apply an egg-size amount on damp hair from the roots to the tips and to create thickness and produce a voluminous look. It will also help keep your style in place all day without any of that 1980s crunchiness.

If you want to banish frizz
Now that humid temperatures have arrived, I’ve been looking for something to tamp down my frizzy halo. R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control, which has a cult following, prevents flyaways without weighing down hair like some anti-frizz products can. Plus, the formula is free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates.

If you’d like sexy texture
Piece-y waves look effortlessly beautiful in warm weather — but achieving them isn’t always easy. If your hair feels lifeless, spritz Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the middle and ends, then scrunch with your hands to add grit and pretty texture. Every beauty editor I know swears by this one — it really works. Travel tip: If you’re skipping a shower, use it on your roots like a dry shampoo.

One of the best parts of shopping for beauty at Nordstrom is their free samples with purchase. You end up with a bunch of awesome brands to try. (We loved checking out a sample of this eye patch kit, which came in our box.)

Have you tried any of these? What are your haircare go-tos?

P.S. Five things I learned as a beauty editor, and a one-minute trick for pretty eyes.

(Photos by Ana Gambuto for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, a retailer we love for its fantastic customer service, free shipping and returns. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)