Essentials for Sun-Damaged Hairby Martha Li
published August 14, 2013
Repair your locks from summer distress
Though summer’s not officially over, the humidity and being out in the sun every day may have already wreaked havoc on your tresses. Check out these fabulous hair care items specially formulated to repair locks that have been damaged by the sun and summer-related activities.
1. For cleansing and nourishment
After weeks of exposure to UV rays, your hair has endured a lot during the sunny season. This three-piece set—made up of WEN’s popular Cleansing Conditioner, Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment, and Replenishing Treatment Mist—will cleanse, condition, nourish, and return your mane back to its healthy pre-summer state. It’s meant for all hair types, so anyone can use this kit and reap gorgeous, healthy results.
WEN BY CHAZ DEAN Healthy Hair Kit, $47 at sephora.com.
2. For rehydration
This intense conditioning masque helps repair severely weakened hair fibres by restoring their moisture content. Blended with enriching avocado oil, lemon extract, and olive fruit oil, the deeply nourishing treatment is ideal for hair impaired by overexposure to sun, chemical-processing, or excessive heat styling.
Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, $35 (235mL) at Kiehl’s stores and online.
3. For extra strength
This sulfate-free hair care system fortifies hair after just one wash. Ideal for nourishing hair that’s turned frizzy from humidity, the rosemary-and-mint scented shampoo and conditioner will also leave your tresses smelling delightful.
L'Oréal Paris Everstrong Reconstruct Shampoo and Conditioner (sold separately), $11.99 each at grocery stores, and drug, mass and warehouse club retailers.
4. For extreme heat protection
Prevent breakage and split ends, and get the benefit of added UV filters that will shield hair from the sun’s harmful rays using this heat-protecting agent. Be sure to also spray the treatment on your head before using a blow dryer, curling iron, or hair straightener to help your hair withstand the negative effects of extreme heat.
Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection, $28 (250mL) at moroccanoil.com.
5. For repairing split ends
Apply this crème to split ends, and let the overnight treatment do the work of binding them back together and strengthening against future splits, while you get your precious shut-eye. Best of all, you won’t find any leftover residue on your pillow when you wake up in the morning.
Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Overnight Treatment Crème (56mL), $15.99 at grocery, drug, mass, and club retailers.
6. For instant detangling
After a day of swimming in the pool or catching the waves at the beach, it can be frustrating to emerge from the water with your hair in a tangled mess. Throw this weightless leave-in conditioner with you in your beach bag so it’s ready to spritz in your hair anytime, making it easier to comb out the knots.
KMS Moist Repair Leave-In Conditioner, $16.99 (150mL) at canadabeautysupply.ca.
7. For intense repair
After shampooing, apply this rinse out mask to damp hair, leave on for no more than 15 minutes, rinse, and voilà! Your hair will feel noticeably softer as soon as you rinse out the treatment and, once dry, your locks will look gorgeous and healthy. A great protein treatment to use every day that will add strength, shine and volume.
Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus Fortifying Rinse Out Mask for Distressed Hair, $22.99 (250mL) at spaboutique.ca.
8. For frizz control
A cure for our frizzies, we've found it in this hair formula, which is part-milk and part-oil. We just spray it onto our damp hair for a deep treatment, or our dry mane if we simply want to give it a brilliant shine, without any added heaviness. And, what's more: it smells divine!
Kérastase Soleil Huile Lactée, $43 at select salons and online.
-Ariane, French Associate Editor