Local experts’ summer beauty picks

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Summertime heat in North Texas can scorch the silkiest of tresses and toast a satiny smooth tan. So when the going gets hot, the hot need expert advice on the best new products.

Most experts agree that your beauty routine needs a few key ingredients. Broad spectrum sun protection is needed to fight aging skin and keep hair color from fading or bleaching out.

Moisture is needed to keep hair, skin and lips from drying, dulling and aging. And don’t forget the natural or organic ingredients — mostly from plant extracts — for an antioxidant burst to keep hair and skin healthy and shining.

Gentlemen, you aren’t excused from summer self-care either. More and more men are buffing up their beauty regimens in the hottest months.

“A lot of guys are taking better care of their appearances these days,” said Alicia Slater, manager at The Boardroom Salon for Men in Fort Worth. “Men don’t want products that smell very feminine, but now there are more and more products geared toward these wants and others.”

She and seven other local beauty experts divulge their new summer favorites, covering everything from curl protection to pout perfection. Many of these products are available where fine hair and skin products are sold, such as Ulta, Sephora and Beauty Brands stores.

All-over moisturizer

Expert: Meagan McDaniel, manager and stylist, Magnolia Avenue Salon

Product: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist, $7.95

Why buy: Dull skin or hair? Blame the drought, but get your glow back by adding moisture into your skin with Paul Mitchell’s Moisture Mist. “Our exposure to A/C pulls all the moisture out of our skin,” explains McDaniel, “and that can cause the skin to crack and be really brittle and dry — or really oily and not accept moisture at all.”

This mist uses seaweed, sunflower extracts, ginger and other natural ingredients to keep your skin and hair looking dewy and feeling fresh, she says.

Where to buy: Magnolia Avenue Salon, 1210 S. Main St., Fort Worth. 817-923-1230; www.magnoliaavenuesalon.com

High and dry

Expert: Nicole Werneck, owner and stylist, Fort Worth Blow Dry Bar

Product: Kevin.Murphy Fresh.Hair Dry Cleaning Spray, $24

Why buy: Sweat and heat can level your hair’s lift, so Werneck recommends a dry shampoo. If you think it’s an unnecessary step in your beauty routine, think again. “A dry shampoo for the hair gives body and texture, removes odors, excess oils and all your sins from the night before,” Werneck says. Shake it up, spray it evenly, brush it through.

Where to buy: Fort Worth Blow Dry Bar, 1007 Foch St., Fort Worth. 817-332-2569; http://fortworthblowdrybar.com

Smooth move

Expert: Joanna Herrera, stylist, Goldwaves Salon

Product: Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield, $43

Why buy: Summer can dry out color-treated hair, especially blond tresses, to the texture of straw. For a smoother look, Herrera likes Oribe’s Balm d’Or. “It makes your hair feel as smooth as butter,” she says, adding that the balm’s biotin, caffeine and plant collagen ingredients can mend damaged strands. A pump or two works well on dry or wet hair; just work it in from the ends up.

Where: Goldwaves Salon, 5137 El Campo Ave., Fort Worth. 817-731-8888; www.goldwavessalon.com

Kiss, kiss

Expert: Tiffany Ward, aesthetician, Eterna Belleza Skincare

Product: Eminence Organic Skin Care Citrus Lip Balm, $24

Why buy: All hair and skin woes aside, don’t forget to pay some lip service. “This Citrus Lip Balm feels so smooth, and it’s petroleum free with natural peptides that stimulate natural collagen to fill in fine lines,” Ward says. She recommends daily use because the balm’s formula of shea butter and antioxidant vitamins C, D, and E will keep your pucker plump now and wrinkle-free in the future.

Where to buy: Eterna Belleza Skincare, 1209 College Ave., Suite 200, Fort Worth. 817-870-2273; http://ebskinfw.com

Special spritz

Expert: Robert Neely, owner and stylist, Neely O’Hair

Product: Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray, $17

Why buy: “This spray is great for transforming from beach to dinner,” Neely says. “It gives lots of texture to the hair, and I think it’s a product for all occasions.” Neely recommends using it on your casual days off or when you want voluminous waves for special events.

To experiment with the spray, he suggests spritzing it through hair while the wind is blowing for “a completely different look.”

Where to buy: Neely O’Hair, 3204 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-841-8259; www.neelyohair.com

Get glowing

Expert: Jeff Robinson, owner, Perfect Touch Spa and Perfect Glow Tanning Salon

Product: Venetian One UV-Free Airbrush Tan, $65

Why buy: Achieving a natural-looking tan is easier than it used to be — and less sticky, too. Robinson likes a new spray tan product called Venetian One, which Perfect Glow uses in its Perfect Plus UV-Free airbrush tan service.

“Traditional airbrush solutions required at least five to six hours of dry time,” he says. “Venetian One uses a proprietary formula that allows the solution to be showered off in as little as one hour.” The product’s organic base is free from harmful sulfates and parabens and won’t leave you smelly and sticky before a night out.

The 30-minutes airbrush tan includes a primer and color booster, and Robinson says the healthy glow lasts five to seven days.

Where: Perfect Touch Spa and Perfect Glow Tanning Salon, 3023 Bledsoe St., Fort Worth. 817-870-3610; www.perfecttouchspa.com

Tame those curls

Expert: Terry Whiddon, owner and stylist, Salon Purple

Product: TruCurl Curl Perfecting Créme, $25; TruCurl Anti-Frizz Oil, $23

Why buy: Humidity causes more than a few curly-haired crises, but now a custom fusion blend can help. Whiddon, a nationally-renowned curl expert, uses a TruCurl blend of Anti-Frizz Oil and Curl Perfecting Créme on his clients, and himself, to block out frizz without weighing hair down.

“It’s not hard like ’80s mousse or modern gels,” says Whiddon, who added that the fusion’s free radicals and broad spectrum sun protection help protect color and block UV rays.

Where to buy: Salon Purple, 3124 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth, 817-834-4400, and 4340 Western Center Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-847-5900; www.salon-purple.com

Face time

Expert: Alicia Slater, manager, The Boardroom Salon for Men, Fort Worth

Product: Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer, $27

Why buy: “The fragrances in Jack Black’s line aren’t feminine,” assures Slater. Double Duty’s natural, alcohol-free ingredients, like blue algae and sea parsley extracts, give this moisturizer a “light, masculine scent. Applying this moisturizer is the last but most important step in your self-care routine,” she says. “You get the protection of the SPF 20 and it feels really light on the skin and it’s easy to apply.”

Where to buy: The Boardroom Salon for Men, 2861 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. 817-882-8806; http://theboardroomsalon.com/. (Additional locations are in Southlake Town Square and Alliance Town Center, Fort Worth.)

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