At the end of summer, our hair is often left slightly damaged, dry and brassy. During the sunny months we all tend to put our tresses through some serious damage – weather it’s from the sun itself or through styling tools, to the sea and chlorine from your summer holiday and even with all of those extra styling products you use to keep your hair frizz free and to protect it from humidity.
So now that it’s coming to the end of summer in the UK, what can we do to repair our hair and get it healthy for autumn?
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture! – After the sun, sea and chlorine have dried out your locks, give it a little TLC with some extra moisture. Moroccanoil is a favourite of many people, as it can be used on both dry and damp hair. Add a couple of drops to the palm of your hand and apply to hair avoiding roots but concentrating on the dried out ends. Your hair will be smoother and the ends moisturised. Treat your hair to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo – it deeply hydrates thirsty, damaged hair as well as plumping up skinny strands. If you have coloured hair this shampoo is completely safe!
Bye Bye Product Build Up – Every now and again, using a clarifying shampoo will help detox the hair and get rid of any product build up. Without even realising it, in the summer we often use extra styling products to keep our hair frizz free, in place and to protect it from humidity. All of these products can build up on the hair making it harder to style, and often making it lank. Chlorine from swimming pools also adds to product build up as it can leave a coating on the hair. Try not to use this too often though, as over using it can completely strip the hair.
An Extra Treat – deep treatments are great when your hair is feeling dry, damaged or simply just a bit too frazzled! Apply a deep treatment section by section after washing your hair. Doing this in the shower is great too as the steam can help it to penetrate right into the hair shaft. Macadamia Deep Repair Mask is brilliant for post summer care.
Gentleness is Key – so through the summer, we probably weren’t all that gentle on the hair – backcombing, curling tongs for beach waves, and extra washing due to the heat and swimming. Remember that when your hair is wet, it’s at its weakest point and more susceptible to damage. For gentle detangling after washing hair, try a Tangle Teezer starting from the ends of the hair and making your way to the roots. This way, tangles aren’t dragged down from the roots to the tips of the hair which can snap very easily. If your hair gets tangled easily after a shower, invest in a leave in conditioning spray. This will add a good boost of conditioner and smooth the strands allowing you to gently comb.
Time For a Change – Autumn is the time to change your colour. Highlights can become brassy when exposed to sun so for autumn why not try a richer shade. If you’re blonde, go for gold, toffee or caramel, and if you’re brunette, try auburn or chestnut. For a quick fix of those brassy tones for blondes, try a Silver Shampoo – the purple hue of the shampoo counteracts any yellow tones. It’s a great way to freshen up your colour in between salon visits. It’s also a good time to get a trim. The first part of our hair to show signs of damage from the summer are the very ends of the strands – they become dry, frizzy and split. The best way to get rid of the problem is to go for a trim. If you leave them, each strand will continue to split further up the hair making it appear even frizzier as well as snapping off completely!
Remember, if you need to get that little bit extra cut off, you can always invest in some clip in hair extensions for those special occasions when you want long locks!
Laura is a hair and beauty writer with extensive knowledge in Beauty, Makeup and hair care.