WCL: Summer Hair Tips From the Pros

It can be difficult to manage your hair, especially with all of the sun, rain and humidity we've been dealing with in Chicago. Two of Chicago's top hair stylists, Michael Jacobson of Michael & Michael Salon, and A.J. Johnson of AJES Salon, stopped by to give us a few tips.

Michael's Tips:
-Do your best to keep hair healthy! The more damaged the hair is, the more it will be affected by the weather.
-Use anti-humectant products which seal the cuticle and help to prevent moisture form into the hair
-Protect hair from the sun by using products with UVA/UVB protection (or wear hats if you can!)
-Use very loose pony tails to alleviate tension on the hair, especially if it is chemically treated
-NO rubber bands! Instead use a bungee or other cloth coated hair band to pull back your hair
-Apply a keratin product before exposure to chlorine. This will protect your cuticle by reducing how porous it is, thereby minimizing the ability of chlorine to penetrate the cuticle
-If you're going to use a flat-iron, make sure to use a thermal protectant spray

Michael's Product Recommendations:
-Impermeable Anti-Humidity Hair Spray by Oribe
-Soft Lacquer Hair Spray by Oribe
-Intense Curl Cream by MoroccanOil
-Straight Day Keratin Enhanced Styling Spray by Keratin Complex
-Magic Moves Pomade by Shinbi

A.J.'s Tips:
-Before exposing hair to chlorine, Black women should moisturize their hair with a moisturizing conditioner
-After exposure to chlorine, cleanse the hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove chlorine and bring the hair back to the normal pH balance. (No, chlorine will not strip off the relaxer or color!)
-Weaves are a great option for the summer months because it gives the hair a rest from the daily grind. After you shampoo, make sure the braids are completely dry. Damp braids are detrimental to your natural hair and will lead to damage.
-If you have longer hair, pull your hair back into a chignon as a guard against humidity.

A.J.'s Product Recommendations:
- A.J. Johnson Hair Care Intense Penetrating Masque
-A.J. Johnson Moisture-Rich Conditioner
-Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade by Aveda
-Moisture Shield Hair Guard by Namaste
-Humidity Resistant Mist by Mizani

About Michael Jacobson:
For over 20 years Michael Jacobson has been one of the most sought-after hairdressers in Chicago. Known for his accomplished cutting technique, Michael continues to garner acclaim for his individualistic, common-sense approach to creating beautiful hair.

Jacobson and Michael Crowley founded Michael and Michael in 2003 and since then have been committed to providing clients with innovative and contemporary hair in a modern boutique environment where impeccable service and unsurpassed quality go hand in hand. Michael & Michael is often touted as the place for hair in Chicago and has garnered the attention of InStyle, Allure, Women's Wear Daily, Lucky and CS.

Michael & Michael Salon: 365 West Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654; 312.951.0779 www.michaelandmichael.com

About A.J. Johnson:
For over 15 years, A.J. has diligently worked to carve a specific niche for himself as a celebrity hair stylist making women feel beautiful. He works with several hair care companies to create unique styles that help to build their brand. A.J. opened AJES Salon at the age of twenty. The salon is renowned for its outstanding professionalism and deep consideration for healthy hair.

AJES Salon attracts people of all ethnicities and A.J. makes sure that each client gets the red carpet treatment the moment they walk through the door. A.J.'s work has been featured in Lucky, French Elle, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Vibe and Chicago Magazine.

AJES Salon: 648 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661; 312.454.1133