As we near the start of classes we’ll have to say goodbye to warm weather and free time, and while the summer was good to us, it wasn’t exactly good to our hair. While we were having fun in the ocean or cooling off in the pool, salt water and chlorine were doing numbers to our locks. Salt water has many benefits for the skin, but can cause hair to become dehydrated with inevitable split ends. It’s now time to start thinking about your post-summer hair rehab decisions.
Leave-in conditioner is your new best friend. If you are lucky enough to be able to still make it to the beach again this season, try to put some in before you go in the water and after you get out of the shower. Your hair will absorb the conditioner instead of the water that is killing your hair. Bumble and Bumble’s Super Rich Conditioner adds the moisture that your hair is looking for and even adds shine. Also, It’s a 10’s Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin spray works for any type of hair and not only helps moisturize dry hair, but untangles before a blowout. But don’t forget about your normal conditioner during your rinse cycle. If your hair isn’t changing in texture, you may just have to change products.
The miracle substance that is coconut oil has benefits that you wouldn’t believe. Unlike other oils and moisturizers that just sit on the hair leaving a greasy look, coconut oil actually penetrates the roots, adding vitamin E and many natural acids. A popular method is to not ring out your hair after you’re done showering, to put in some coconut oil and then to wrap it up in a towel for a while. The longer that you keep the oil in your hair, the better the results – so leave yourself some time for this treatment. Later, wash out the oil and you’ll be left with smooth, shiny and healthy hair.
Coconut oil is not the only oil that works, though. Argan, macadamia, baobab and many other oils do the trick just as well depending on your hair type and what you want out of the treatment. They can promote growth, rejuvenate old hair and strengthen new hair or create a protective layer. Find what works for you because all hair is different.
A gloss or glaze is suggested for those with colored hair, specifically blondes or redheads. Salt water and chlorine makes color fade, so to combat that buy color enhancing shampoos and conditioners.
And Don’t Panic…
But another solid idea is to simply get a haircut! Again, don’t panic – that doesn’t mean you need to chop off all your hair. However, a nice trim will get rid of your dead ends and allow you to start over with a better hair care routine throughout the off season. It is a way to prevent further breakage, but doesn’t fix all of the problems that salt water and chlorine can do to the shaft and root of your hair. Going forward, it is wise to watch the use of heat products, such as curlers and straighteners. Invest in heat protectants, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray, to prevent heat damage.
If you are still missing that beachy hair even after you have left the beach for the summer, invest in Not Your Mother’s BEACH BABE texturizing sea salt spray. You can still achieve that fresh-out-of-the-ocean look without any of the added damage.
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