Can you believe it? After what seemed like a never-ending New York winter, about it the summer solstice is officially in effect. Yet with all of the joys that the season brings — new clothes, hair longer days, weekends in the Hamptons, barbecues with friends, to name a few — unfortunately come several stresses (environmental or otherwise) that threaten tresses; namely, sunlight, chlorine and salt water. In order to properly care for your hair during the summer months, there are certain tips and tricks that I swear by. Here are a few of my summer hair survival secrets:

summer 2011 hair slick ponytail straight giambattista valli fashion paris beauty1. If you’re going to invest in one hair care product during the summer, it should be a hair mask. Masks can be applied as frequently as you see fit (though, as a general rule, once a week should be sufficient). I recommend Kérastase’s Masque UV Défense Active from the brand’s Soleil product line. This mask, which should be applied at least once a week, replenishes and strengthens sun-exposed hair, leaving it softer and more radiant. Apply it to clean, towel-dried hair and leave it in for five minutes before rinsing it out.summer 2011 hair scarf headscarf missoni fashion milan beauty

2. Summer is oftentimes synonymous with humidity, which consequently brings the word “frizz” to mind. In order to combat the climate, I advise growing your layers out long — especially if you have thick, curly hair. This is because choppy, short and/or heavily layered styles are far more susceptible to frizzing up in the midst of muggy weather.

summer 2011 hair wavy curly textured michael kors fashion new york beauty3. While longer layers are an ally in the fight against frizz, it is also best to go with the elements (as opposed to against them) and embrace your hair’s natural texture, instead of putting it through the stress of constant blowdrying and straightening. Scrunch it up if you’re at the beach (as the salty atmosphere is conducive to creating languid waves), or put it up it in a casual ponytail or messy topknot and you’re good to go — no tools necessary!

4. If you’re planning a beach day, slick wet hair back with conditioner — leave-in or otherwise — before heading out. The conditioner will protect your hair from the especially intense heat, sun and wind that beat down on you after several hours spent in the sand.summer 2011 hair hat panama fedora dsquared2 dsquared fashion milan beauty

5. When all else fails, cover it up! Braids, scarves, swim caps and hats are all excellent options. A summer hat will shield you from the sun’s damaging rays and the harsh chlorine found in swimming pools, while also being on-trend (you’ll really know it’s summer when the ubiquitous fedora, the perennial favorite among the celeb set, will be making its triumphant return). Panama hats, straw hats and the aforementioned fedora are all viable options.

By Jamie Mazzei

Island Hopping

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You don’t have to be Greek to know a great Greek restaurant when you visit one. It’s never the innumerable Greek flags and memorabilia from Santorini and Athens; a Greek establishment must master the art of cooking bold, clinic
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and flavorful meat and vegetable dishes like every Greek’s yiayia (grandmother) would prepare. Though Taverna Kyclades has the décor, arthritis
it’s the al fresco dining and taste unique to home that attracts crowds willing to wait for a table. Named for the group of islands in the Aegean, Kyclades focuses mainly on seafood, but provides a variety of other meat dishes as well. Located at 3307 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria Queens, the establishment is easy to access by train or by car, and is a perfect option for dinner outside of the city’s crowds and traffic.

Kyclades offers patrons a small, inviting indoor area covered with photos of the Greek isles a preserved swordfish hung proudly on its brick walls. Wood tables and chairs provide an intimate and informal setting, and large windows give light and a view to the street.

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To dine in true Hellenic style, opt for outdoor seating for the full experience. Kyclades offers its patrons two outdoor areas to be seated within. One lines the sidewalk with tables and chairs seating smaller and larger parties, and the other is straight out of a Greek family photo album: a white wooden patio covered in grape vines. The fresh air and relaxed feel are a great vacation from the city. The menu at Kyclades focuses on traditional Greek dishes. The tzatziki (yogurt sauce mixed with dill and spices) and hourta (bitter greens flavored with olive oil and lemon) are staples in any Greek kitchen. For all those wary of their diet, these are healthy sides to try with any of the seafood entrees.

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Try pairing the hourta with an appetizer of grilled octopus, or saganaki (a pan-fried Greek cheese) with one of the horiatiki salads. Larger dishes include lamb, sausage, souvlaki, grilled salmon, bass, tuna, swordfish, and calamari. Looking to share a little bit of everything? Kyclades’ menu from the sea tops off with the “Kyclades Special,” including swordfish, shrimp stuffed with crabmeat, broiled scallops, and lobster tail. It wouldn’t be a Greek meal if you walked away still feeling hungry, so expect large portions of these expertly prepared Aegean dishes.

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Taverna Kyclades offers patrons comfort and ease outdoors for a more casual summer night. Kyclades is not new to the neighborhood in Astoria, but is a must-try, Zagat rated hot spot for patrons who are. Not many Greeks recommend dining outside of their homes, but having experienced both, the Taverna Kyclades is the next-best thing.

by Rachel Margaritis