When the weather first turns warm, “Summer Hair” is the stuff of legend. Most of us imagine the sun doling out free highlights as the sea breeze teases our lobs into perfectly tousled perfection, certain we’ll resemble a Brazilian supermodel come summer’s end. In actuality, that is precisely when reality sets in — and we realize “Summer Hair” is, in fact, something totally different. Far from the benevolent gods you one imagined them to be, the sun and salt have instead left your hair a crunchy, brassy mess.
On the bright side?
- You’re not alone.
- There are easy steps you can take to fix the problem.
- Fall is coming. Kick it off beautifully.
Chances are, the bulk of the damage can be felt in your hair’s brittle, dry ends. No treatment or product can truly coax life back into ends that have already split and frayed. Your best bet is to stop by the salon for a trim. Letting go of length can be tough, but trust us — losing what’s ragged and abused means instantly healthier and more beautiful hair.
Next, move on to fixing what’s broken. Invest in a high-quality restorative treatment that you can incorporate into your routine, STAT. Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment is packed with quinoa protein, which fills in damaged cuticles to help strengthen hair and protect it from further damage. Use it once or twice weekly in place of conditioner, or, if you’re feeling decadent, leave it in for an hour or two while re-watching When Harry Met Sally for the umpteenth time. (Just us?)
The protein will do a crackerjack job of straightening your hair, but we recommend pulling out the big guns when it comes to restoring softness and shine. Fortunately, the big guns now come at pistol prices (so to speak). Our Botanical Therapy Treatment is now only $20, and will restore balance to your hair and scalp and result in luminous, silky strands. Think of it as a spa day for your hair.
Keep those vibes going with a weekly hair mask. We love Aveda Dry Remedy Nourishing Masque to hydrate and soften or Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque to smooth and fight frizz.
Once you’ve got your hair back in fighting shape, guard it fiercely. Even if it’s no longer scorching hot, the sun’s UV rays can still do their share of damage to your hair. Protect it with Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, which defends hair from UVA/UVB rays and features moisture-infusing Vitamin E. If your hair is color treated, try Color Conserve Daily Color Protect, which will safeguard your hair against heat styling and contains (scrumptious-sounding) cinnamon bark and wintergreen-derived UV filters to help prevent fading.
Even if total hair health isn’t your reality (yet), you can create the illusion that it is. Reach for a styling product that enhances the healing process as it works to tame frizz. Aveda’s new Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme fits the bill, with nourishing cupuaçu and shea butters to keep moisture from seeping in (read: causing frizz) or leaching out (and contributing to dryness). Best of all, it works its magic even if you only air dry, which is perfect if you’re trying to give your tired tresses a much-deserved break from heat styling.
Kick things off with that much-needed trim and a reminder that all those sun-soaked hours at The Surf Lodge were totally worth it. We wish you a fall as fun-filled as your summer!