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Someone recently told me that his favorite season is the start of every season. It’s true, right? Summer went by too quickly but I can’t help but feel a tinge of excitement as we head into Fall. I’m loving the crisp air and looking forward to the changing leaves, the return of cozy boots and sweaters, and comfort foods like butternut squash soup and pumpkin muffins.
I always recommend paying a little extra attention to your hair when the seasons transition. This makes it easy to remember to treat your hair to a little TLC four times a year at the minimum. Each season brings it’s own set of issues but summer may be the absolute hardest on hair. Below you’ll find a list of the most common post-summer hair woes and how to solve them.
Post Summer Haircare Problems & Solutions
Problem: Your hair is fried, literally. Sun can really do a number on hair and when you add other summer staples like sand, surf, and chlorine your hair might be feeling a bit parched.
Solution: Moisturizing Leave-In Treatments
1. Aquage Hydrating Mist $21.99
This moisturizing mist is formulated with sea proteins and botanicals to leave hair feeling silky soft without weighing hair down. It also protects haircolor while hydrating and nourishing hair.
2. Davines Su/Sun Oil Body and Hair Moisturizing Oil $21.74
This delicious smelling oil helps repair damage caused by sun, sea salt, and chlorine. The argan oil formula is quick absorbing and appropriate for all hair types. As a bonus, this oil can also be used on sun-parched skin.
3. Cocovit Coconut Oil $38
When hair is really, really dry I opt for a heavier oil. Add a pea-sized amount of this raw, virgin coconut to ends to condition hair, control frizz, and improve manageability. This all-natural moisturizer can also treat dandruff and hair loss and may be used as a hair mask.
Problem: You went light, lighter, lightest for summer. Decolorizers (aka bleach) has weakened your locks and now you have some breakage.
Solution: Repairing hair masques and treatments
1. Omni Potent Duosity Double Whipped Hair Repair Treatment $25
This is a great all-around repairing formula offering protein and moisturizers to restore what’s been stripped. Plus, you get to feel a little like a scientist. The mask contains two components that combine to form an intense treatment through a synthesis reaction when mixed.
2. White Sands The Cure 24/7 $29.99
This product uses new technology to repair split ends. It stimulates hair cell renewal and fills in cracks in the cuticle with tiny micro-gels. The result is a long-lasting treatment with the benefit of immediate visible improvement. The treatment can smooth damage for up to 7 days but you don’t have to stress about overusing this product. Unlike protein-based strengtheners, which can cause hair to become brittle with overuse, The Cure 24/7 (as the name hints) can be as often as you like.
3. Olaplex Hair Protector No. 3 $28.65
If you lighten your hair and haven’t heard about Olaplex, you must ask your stylist about it at your next appointment! This game-changer helps to repair the bonds that are broken during chemical services to minimize damage. An in-salon Olaplex service consists of a bond multiplier that is added directly to the lightener or hair color and a post-service mask treatment. No. 3 is an at-home weekly treatment for on-going repair. And yes, this product is absolutely beneficial even if you haven’t had the treatments 1 & 2 in the salon.
Problem: Your hair is looking dull and lifeless and it feels heavy and/or waxy. You are probably suffering from product buildup. Many summertime faves especially those that are designed to tame frizz and flyaways include ingredients that can hang around on your locks.
Solution: A clarifying treatment is mandatory once in a while for anyone that uses products or even shine-enhancing or smoothing shampoos and conditioners. If you have color-treated hair, I suggest clarifying your hair the day before your color service.
1. Enjoy Clarifying Spray $11.99
This clarifying treatment is sprayed into hair for easy application. Work it through strands prior to shampooing for to treat hair that has been exposed to chlorine, hard water, and styling products.
2. Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two (Use their salon locator for local availability and pricing)
This is a terrific deep cleansing shampoo that tackles buildup while remaining color-safe.
3. Redken Hair Cleansing Cream $15.50
An old standby for me, Hair Cleansing Cream gently clarifies with fruit acids to remove impurities and leave hair shiny and smooth.
Problem: Your highlights or hair color has turned brassy. The sun really does a number on haircolor, fading away artificial color leaving your hair lighter and warmer than you may want it.
Solution: If you aren’t ready to schedule an appointment for a touch up, there are ways to correct the color at home.
1. Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Shampoo (Use their salon locator for local availability and pricing)
A violet-tinted shampoo like this one gently corrects brassiness each time you wash your hair. This formula also contains keratin for rebuilding bleached strands.
2. Davines Alchemic Shampoo Silver $24.50
Similar to violet-depositing shampoos, this silvery formula works very well on yellowing gray or white hair.
3. Clarol Natural Instincts Crema Keratina Non-Permanent Hair Color $9.99
I rarely recommend at-home haircolor but this is the exception that proves the rule. If your all-over haircolor has faded before it’s time, pick up a semi-permanent color in a neutral/natural shade to refresh your color between professional services. Just don't go crazy; try to pick the shade that most closely resembles your hair color.