With as much humidity as our hair endures over the summer, you wouldn’t think it would end up dry and brittle, would you? Yet many women are currently walking around with damaged hair that’s screaming for a little TLC.
It’s not necessarily the humid air that wreaks havoc on our lovely locks — it’s our time spent outside enjoying the weather. Chlorine and salt water also have a major effect on hair. Signs of summer-damaged hair include dull, lifeless strands that won’t hold a style or overly frizzy locks that seem fried. Your tresses may be dry on the ends or oilier than usual at the scalp. Or your color may have faded, changed or become brassy. All of these conditions are signs that the days of summer fun have taken their toll.
To repair the following ailments, read below:
Dry hair: Shampoo with a moisturizing treatment. Add a drop of the gentle shampoo, rinse and reapply treatment until hair is noticeably soft. In order to lock in the moisture, leave hair wrapped in a shower cap overnight and wake up to silky smooth hair.
Frizzy hair: In order to tame frizzy hair, it’s necessary to reapply a leave-in-conditioner at least three to five times a day for two days. Maintaining consistency with this treatment will help re-balance hair and control frizz. To keep hair frizz-free and stylish, gently work a finishing cream into damp or dry locks.
Brassy hair: It’s best to use a shampoo specifically for color-treated hair that contains natural pigments to match hair. Look for one with a blue/violet booster added to cut brass.
Green or chlorine damaged blonde: Chelating shampoos can cut the green color. Chlorine damages hair, therefore it needs extra protein and a moisture balancing treatment. Slather a conditioner on to the hair; for better absorption, cover it with a shower cap and blast your head with a hairdryer for five minutes. Rinse and repeat this treatment two more times for best results.
Limp, lifeless locks: Cleanse hair and scalp well, apply a strong, protein-based shampoo. The protein will increase tensile strength and give hair added shine and luster.
Breakage from too many tight ponytails or braids: Be nice to your hair! Cool it with the too-tight ponytails (especially while sleeping — wear hair in a loose ponytail at the nap of the neck in bed), cut your dead ends off and be sure to fortify your strands with a moisturizing, protein-packed hair treatment.