Between the salt water, the chlorinated pools, and all those UV rays, as we say goodbye to another summer, our hair may be looking a little worse for wear. The drying and damaging effects of most warm weather activities can do a number on even the healthiest locks, but with a solid post-summer haircare routine, you can help reverse some of the damage and head into a new season with confidence.
Step 1: Protect Your Locks
Okay, maybe you haven't been heeding the warnings about chlorinated swimming pools, salty ocean water, or sun when it comes to your hair, but with a few weeks left in Summer 2016, it's never to late to start adopting healthy hair habits. Before taking a dip, saturate your hair with fresh water or a leave-in conditioner to keep the drying chlorine or salt from absorbing into your hair and always rinse off with clean water post-swim. In the sunlight, protect your hair the way you protect your skin. Reach for hats or scarves and seek shade during long days in the sunlight.
Step 2: Snip, Snip
If you haven't made an appointment to get your ends trimmed, now is the time. Chances are, by the time summer is over, your ends are sporting some major splits and the only way to combat them before they lead to breakage and weakened strands, is with a trim. Call your hairdresser and schedule a visit to get a trim-or even a brand new style!-before the new season begins.
Step 3: Hydration
If your hair is lacking one thing at this point in the season, it's moisture. Moisture loss can lead to breakage, brittle strands, and dry, frizzy hair-no, thank you. The best way to give your locks some love is with a hydrating haircare routine packed with hydrating shampoos, conditioners, and oils. Try using a cleansing conditioner in between shampoos to get your hair clean without stripping away its natural oils. If your locks are in need of more intensive care, consider booking an appointment for a hydrating oil treatment at your salon. Your hairdresser will create a customized treatment that truly hydrates dry strands with unique oil blends.