6 Tips for Summer Hair Recovery
Ok, so we know summer is not over yet, but that doesn’t mean that all the sun, chlorine, salt-water, dry air, and ponytails haven’t already done some serious damage to your hair. Nothing will fade your color sooner or wreck your ends faster than a care-free summer of hair neglect. But its not quite too late – here are some ways to give your locks some love before further damage is done.
Summer schedules are hectic, and when trying to wrap your calendar around vacations and weekend getaways, it’s easy to let the 6 weeks between haircuts stretch to months. NOT A GOOD IDEA. With the added heat and dryness of summer here in Colorado, your ends are going to split faster. The longer split ends are left untrimmed, the farther up the hair shaft they split, especially when you add in the strain that putting your hair in a pony or top knot causes. This means that when you finally do get a hair cut, you will probably have to get MORE cut. Haircuts don’t take long, and because summer schedules are made more last minute, it may be easier than you think to get an appointment.
2. Gloss Your Color
Depending on the type of color you get, it may not be unreasonable to say that you haven’t been in to get your color done since the summer started. The sun, chlorinated pools and salt water can fade your color and leave mineral deposits in your hair – leaving your color brassy or with other undesirable tones. A quick fix for this is a demi-permanent hair color, also known as a gloss or a toner. This type of color can be done at the shampoo bowl and processes in 20 minutes or less. A clarifying shampoo can be done before hand to remove mineral buildup from your hair that you may have gotten from the pool. Your color will look fresh, and the natural botanic conditioners in the demi color will help restore shine to dull hair. To help protect your color during the summer months it is good to use a sun protective spray, like Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, and wear a hat when you can (your face will thank you for that, too). Also, it’s a good rule of thumb to always wet your hair before getting into the pool – that way your hair will absorb clean water, and there won’t be room for the chlorinated water to seep in. For Aveda’s entire Sun Care line click here.
3. Deep Conditioning Treatment
All the summer factors that we’ve mentioned can also leave your hair desperately in need of moisture. When hair is dry it tries to reach out to the environment for hydration – this is the wonderful phenomenon that gives us FRIZZ. Not good! While Colorado is known for its dry climate, that doesn’t mean that the humidity won’t spike when we get those summer thunder storms. So to avoid having your do frizz out on a summer night, give your hair the moisture it needs. If you’re coming into the salon for that haircut (that you probably need), add on a Botanical Hair Therapy. Its basically like a facial for your hair, steam towel and all! But if you’re running short on time, at least pick up a hair mask that you can do at home. We recommend Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque. Use this bergamot and lavender scented mask once a week to soften your hair.
4. Avoid Styling Tools
During the summer if you have days when you don’t have to blow out your hair or style it for work – consider letting the natural heat do the job for you. If you have some natural wave in your hair, this is a great time of year to take advantage of it. Add a curl enhancing product like Aveda’s Be Curly, and either diffuse until about 70% dry, or just let it air dry completely. If you’re not concerned about the curl, add a little moisture with Aveda’s Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil – this will give you shine and help keep the frizz away.
5. Stay Hydrated
For the benefit of your hair and your skin, it’s important for your whole body to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is great, but it can get a little boring. Try pouring herbal teas over ice for refreshing hydration that is tasty and exciting. Teas that are naturally sweet, like Aveda’s Comforting Tea, are great alternatives to artificially sweetened beverages. We also like citrus based teas like Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Zinger and Citrus Kiss by Good Earth. You can also add cucumbers and strawberries to a pitcher of water to add some flavor, like we do in the salon each day.
6. Skip the Moroccan Oil
I know Moroccan oil is the new buzz lately…but did you know that it can actually be bad for your hair instead of doing the wonders that it’s ads proclaim? Moroccan oil is full of silicon, which lays on top of the hair actually keeping the moisture from absorbing inside the hair.
Instead opt for Aveda Dry Remedy Oil. It uses essential oils, including organic Buriti Oil, that absorb into the hair. It doesn’t just make it look and feel soft, like Moroccan Oil, but it actually heals and moisturizes the hair from the inside out, without the greasy finish.