The summer is one of the best times of the year, but it really does a number on my hair and maybe it does the same for you. The extra time in the sun can fade your color and dry out your strands. Swimming in the pool exposes your skin to chemicals, including chlorine, that can make it less than healthy. Now that fall is just around the corner, you're probably wondering what you can do to restore your lustrous locks. Me too! So I went to the pros and gathered the best tips out there. Here they are.
1. Apply an Intensive Hydrating Mask
When the sun and water strip your hair of all its moisture, you have to take matters into your own hand and add it back in. The best way to do so is to apply an intensive hydrating mask from roots to tips. After washing your hair, apply the mask, then blast your hair with the blow dryer on medium for several minutes. Now, allow the mask to soak in for about 10 minutes, then rinse. You'll want to do this at least once a week to keep hair hydrated and healthy.
2. Try a Straightening Cream when You Style
Dry hair is usually frizzier than hydrated hair so now that summer is coming to a close, you can return your hair to its former glory by swapping out your traditional styling products with a straightening cream. Even if you wear your hair wavy or curly, this product helps smooth hair, fighting frizz no matter what season we're in.
3. Spot Treat the Worst of Things with Conditioner on the Ends
For girls with fine hair, myself included, heavy conditioners can weigh down strands, leaving it lifeless and dull. Your roots probably aren't all that dry, so skip conditioning them and instead apply the conditioner only from about your ears down to the tips of your hair. This adds hydration without compromising your style.
4. Mix and Match Swimmer's Shampoo with Hydrating Versions
Swimmer's shampoo is created to break down chlorine and keep your hair from taking on that awful green tinge by summer's end. However, it can be incredibly drying on your hair so it's best not to use it too often. Experts suggest using the swimmer's shampoo once or twice per week and using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner on the other days.
5. See Your Stylist for a Color Boost
No matter what color your hair or whether it's color treated or natural, the sun can really fade things and leave you with a shade you don't really care for. Now that summer is through and your time outdoors is likely drawing to a close, see your stylist for a color redo. She can help you figure out what you can do to get your color back to normal. You might not even have to dye it. You may be able to use a certain product regime for a few weeks or months to restore the original color.
6. Add a Detangling Product to Your Routine
Dry, damaged summertime hair can be hard to comb out. Ripping though your hair with a comb can leave it torn and ruined. You can't skip combing your hair though, right? That's why experts suggest using a detangling product to smooth strands and make it easier to remove tangles. Combined with a wide toothed comb, you should have no trouble getting the smooth, lovely hair you love.
7. Make an Appointment for a Trim
One of the best ways to restore your gorgeous locks is to trim off the damage. Make an appointment to see your stylist as soon as possible. She'll cut off split ends and help you create a style that maximizes the good hair and hides the damage from the summer sun and water.
Are you suffering the effects of the summer on your hair? What do you plan to do about it?