Now that the summer months are winding down, it's time to start repairing the damage that's been done to your hair by the extreme heat, chlorine and constant up dos. Here are some tricks to keep your hair healthy in these final summer weeks, while repairing the damage that's already been done:
Chlorine – If you plan on hitting the pools prevent your tresses with an anti-chlorine shampoo and conditioner. This is especially important if you have bleached or blonde hair, since the chlorine is more visible. If you enjoy swimming as a sport, opt for a swim cap, which can save your hair plenty of damage.
Leave-in Conditioners – Another way to re-hydrate your hair and restore moisture and shine is a leave-in conditioner. You only need to work a small amount into damp hair from mid-shaft to the ends then style as usual. We recommend Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream to sleeken split ends and tame frizz and country star, Carrie Underwood would definitely agree.
Protect your Scalp – It's important to keep your roots healthy, and your scalp can burn just as easily as your skin. Some stylists recommend using a spray sun block on your scalp, but if you're not fond of the greasy feel, make sure to wear a hat or a scarf instead. If your scalp does burn, you can also use a spray-on aloe to help soothe your skin. Also, make sure not to scratch your scalp, since it can cause damage to your skin and can look like you have dandruff for a few days.
Hair Masque – Chlorine can dry your hair out quickly and leave it looking brittle and fried. A hair masque can help add moisture, volume and shine back to your hair if you use it at least once a week. Our hair salon in Houston recommends the Bumble and Bumble Creme De Coco Masque, which revives your hair's silkiness and gloss.
Up dos – Summer months can mean lots of up dos. While up dos can be great in helping you avoid the flat iron, make sure you alternate your styles. Pulling your hair back in a tight band can cause hair to weaken and break, especially if you tend to pull it back the same way every time. Try using soft headbands, and hair clips every now and then and alternate between a high bun and a low ponytail when you can.