10 helpful tips to regain your pre-summer looks

Replace lost moisture
As hair cannot re-hydrate itself it will start to feel dry, it is best to use an intense hydrating oil weekly. Firstly, shampoo with a kind to hair low sulphate shampoo. Then, heat up the oil (lukewarm, you can use a hair dryer on medium heat) before applying. The warmth of the oil will expand the hair and allow the product to penetrate the hair shaft.  Let the mask set for 10 minutes and rinse again with shampoo.

Add life to your colour
Blondes and redheads tend to suffer more from salt, sun and chlorine damage, turning their hair brassy. A less expensive solution (than a full colouring) is to ask your hair stylist for a gloss or glaze treatment. This will restore the tone of the original hue while adding shine. Once you’re happy with your hair colour, keep up the good work by using colour protecting shampoos and conditioners like Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner and always apply a UV blocking styling product before leaving the house. Try Kiehl’s Leave-In Hair Conditioner.

Minimise frizz
Does your hair seem frizzier now than before summer? Swap your regular styling products for straightening cream like Redken Straight 05 Straightening Balm even if you don’t straighten your hair. These products are designed to fill in the hair’s cuticle so that it looks smoother and frizz free.

Only treat areas that need to be treated
Simple no? Yes but no but. Us ladies tend to complain that moisturizing conditioners weigh the hair down, so remember, if you have fine hair that tends to lay flat on top, only apply conditioning treatments from your mid shaft to your ends. In general, hair isn’t dry at the roots so just skip that area.

Use swimmer’s shampoos in moderation
Great to break down chlorine, swimmer’s shampoos tend to be extremely drying to hair. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner like Aveeno Nourish + Moisturise Shampoo and Conditioner on the days you don’t use the swimmer’s shampoo.
If you swim regularly and you have blonde hair, use a swimmer’s shampoo twice a week. If you’re a brunette you’ll likely only need to use it once a week.

Get a hair colour prescription
If your hair colour has faded or changed due to exposure to chlorine and the elements, ask your hair stylist to help. They can suggest a course of action and specific products to use at home in order to get your original colour back. Remember different hair colours react differently. So be careful when opting for the DIY solution as you might end up with less than desirable results.

Look for moisture-infusing ingredients
Air-conditioning and sun exposure can suck the moisture out of hair so it is important to re-hydrate it. Use products containing Panthenol and Vitamin E as they will add moisture, protect hair from heat styling and make hair more elastic so it’s less prone to breakage.Try; Tresemme Moisture Rich Conditioner, Giovanni Frizz Be Gone or Apivita Propoline Deep Moisturising and Repair Mask for Dry Dehydrated Hair.

Detangle with Care
Having trouble combing out your hair after summer? Avoid combing tangles out harshly as you may cause your hair to break. Always use a wide-tooth comb and start at the ends working up to the roots. To make detangling even easier, use a multi-tasking product like Nector of the Gods. It detangles, adds moisture and shine, and protects hair from heat styling. It will detangle without making the hair flat.

Trim split ends
It is as simple as 1-2-3! As we all are doing more heat styling, split ends are unavoidable especially when battling summer humidity. The only way to get rid of split ends is to trim them off or they’ll continue to split. Don’t be afraid to go for that trim, you’ll be amazed how much healthier and thicker your locks will feel and look.

Rinse with cool water
Rinsing with cool water will seal the cuticle. Do this after every cleans to help make the cuticle lay flatter so hair looks shiny and healthy instead of frizzy.

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