Summer Hair and Skincare Essentials

Refreshing serums, nourishing lotions with sun protection, frizz-foiling masks and more

For many people, slathering on oils and lotions in the colder months likely feels more finessed than weighing down one’s skin and hair in the sweltering summer heat. Still, the warmer months present specific circumstances that are necessary to address, from intense UV rays to humidity causing frizz. Some of the following products are crucial for health, while others are more about aesthetics, but all are effective …

Scalp Balancing Bar

Before purchasing any Gemmist products, customers take a hair quiz that includes prompts beyond the standard questions about color treatments, thickness and texture. With shampoo and conditioner available, the women-owned brand also has a Scalp Balancing Bar on offer. Intended for use once a week, this paraben-free soap exfoliates and stimulates the scalp—removing build-up and invigorating hair follicles. Though sulfate-free, the bar works up a …

Synbiotic Polyamine Shampoo

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your scalp (in turn, your hair) but VENN’s Synbiotic Polyamine Shampoo is like nothing else we have used. The brand’s proprietary combination of probiotics (Aspergillus Ferment, Bacillus Ferment, Saccharomyces Ferment and Lactobacillus Ferment) and prebiotic (Levan) helps to restore the scalp’s microbiome as well as nourish and protect the skin and hair. With a faint eucalyptus scent, it lathers up nicely, …