Summer sun, chlorine and salt water all take a major toll on your hair. If your hair is colored or processed, it's probably drier, porous and harder to manage than ever before. Here are some tried and true products to bring your limp locks back to life.
Cut It Off.
Ok, not all of it. But cutting off the dead and split ends will make your hair seem like new. Ask your stylist how much it will take to remove your tortured ends. Most likely, you'll be looking at needing to remove one to two inches.
Use Gentle Cleansers.
Some cleansers can be rough on the hair, further worsening the damage. Try a sulfate-free shampoo (it'll save your color, too!) like L'Oreal's EverPure. I can't tell you how many people have told me this shampoo and conditioner have changed their hair for the better. Plus, each product is well under $10!
Give It A Rest.
Try to lay off of the heat styling as much as you can. So make your styles last as long as you can. Use a dry shampoo to give your hair one more day and take a hint from your Moms and Grandmoms. Sleep with your head on a small elevated pillow (think U shaped or like that little one that goes between your knees), especially if you have shorter hair. Why? Because it will help preserve the style for at least an extra day. Or, try sleeping on a silky pillowcase. Cotton ones can help break brittle hair in the night, thanks to the friction of your noggin on the pillow.
To keep stress away from your hair, work with what you've got. At least until your hair stops being so angry. For example, day one is your normal style. On day two, it's half up, half down. On day three, it's cleverly pulled back into a chignon or you've braided your bangs. See? It's not so hard! The longer you can stay away from heat styling tools, the faster you hair can recover.
Don't use temperature settings higher than you need to. Be sure to use a thermal protector before using anything hot. Leonor Greyl makes Condition Naturelle, which is amazing. Too much for your wallet? Try Got2B's Heat Styling Protector, Guardian Angel. It works nicely and leaves hair incredibly soft.
Make The Most of Conditioners.
Apply a serum like Sedu's Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment to freshly washed hair, concentrating on the mid-shaft to the ends. Dove's Nourishing Oil Leave-In Treatment Cream will work wonders as well. Once or twice a week, use a deep conditioning treatment, alternating between a conditioning mask and a protein mask. Moroccan Oil's masks are fantastic at restoring hair. I also have had great success with Carol's Daughter Monoi Mask. And it smells amazing!
When you deep condition, or do a Leonor Greyl Huile De Palme treatment, try covering your head in plastic wrap and warming a hair towel (one of those wrappy ones or a smaller towel) in the dryer or microwave. Do this for a few "heat cycles" and then rinse with cool water.
After a few months, your hair will be better than ever before. The key is to keep up the good work. Repairing hair takes time and before you know it, you'll be loving your locks again!
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