At Ms. P’s Hair Studio at 280 W. 117th St., Harlem, N.Y, summer hair is turned out in a wide variety of styles. They are a full-service salon featuring braids, perms, weaves, color, hair cuts, flat iron, shampoo and conditioning and more. They take walk-ins and appointments and are open six days a week. However, Paula Dowds, owner of the salon, does more than just offer fashion’s top hairstyles to her affluent clients. This lady supports the Harlem community when she does hair for senior citizens and teens, and produces health fairs around the city. She was also featured on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

“Natural hair is in for summer,” said Dowds.

She and her talented team of professionals recently worked their hairstyling magic at SCAN/Johnson Center’s Natural Hair Fair, an all-year after-school program for teens. Sydney Hutchinson, 12, was delighted to have her hair braided in cornrows and styled for the event. She represented the Black Panthers with her hairstyle. Other teens represented Italy, Barbados and Ghana at the hair show. One of Ms. P’s hairstylists, Debra Bryant Johnson, also added Afro puffs to Hutchinson’s braids to top off the style.

With natural hair being so popular this summer, hairstylists and women don’t have to worry about overprocessing the hair. The fact that the hair is virgin makes whatever you do to your hair a healthier process. Summer brings out the best in styles for women of color. Whether your hair is textured, curly or straight, the more moisturizing conditioner you use in your hair the better.

When swimming in a pool or the salt water, be sure to rinse the chlorine or salt water off your hair and skin after you leave the water.

Because of the current mosquito-virus scare, many folks are spraying their hair, bodies and clothes with bug spray before they leave the house. Just rinse it out when you shower. It’s very important to protect yourself this season. Just don’t hold these sprays too close to you.

For an appointment, call Ms. P’s Hair Studio at 212-222-8268.