Saltwater and sun-kissed skin may be hallmarks of summer, but they can can wreak havoc on the hair. Even our trusty old sunscreen can dry the hair and leave pesky build-up. Thankfully, reviving your hair from sun and chlorine damage doesn’t have to be hard. Stylists Marcos Diaz and Jenny Balding give us their top secrets to revitalizing hair after the harsh summer months. Follow these five pro tricks for lustrous fall hair.
Try a cleansing conditioner
If your hair is completely fried from all the sun, salt and sand, you may want to opt for a nourishing cleanser that doesn’t leave the hair feeling stripped. Cleansing conditioners can give you a ton of moisture without ever having to suds up. Try one of the newest cleansing creams, like Phyto’s Phytoelixir Cleansing Care Cream, a non-foaming alternative to shampoo. Hair is left clean and conditioned in one easy step.
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Use an apple cider vinegar rinse
As a DIY alternative to a cleansing conditioner, some may like the clean yet non-stripping feeling they get from an apple cider vinegar rinse. It also doesn’t foam, but hair that’s on the thinner side might benefit from the fact that this is not an actual conditioner. It leaves the hair feeling squeaky clean, your scalp’s PH will be balanced, and you probably have all the ingredients necessary in your home right now. Simply mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water, and you’re ready to rinse. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can mix in a drop or 2 of your favorite essential oils, like lavender or neroli.
If you’re not the DIY type, you can try dpHue’s ACV cleanser, which is well on its way to achieving cult beauty must-have status. It’s already mixed with ACV, water and all the essential oils you need.
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Rinse the summer away with a clarifying shampoo
Balding, a Redken styling and grooming expert, recommends washing the sins of summer away with a great clarifying shampoo to remove mineral deposits and styling product build-up. “I like to do this all the year round but especially after the summer months, when you hair can really gather mineral deposits from water, chlorine and sunscreen,” she says. “Not only will it remove the bad stuff, it will also improve your hair color.” She suggests Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo, which is specifically made to remove mineral deposits from the hair.
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Diaz, meanwhile, recommends Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, which is “appropriately named as a friendly reminder to do once a week,” or Oribe’s The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo. The mousse-like formula has a unique texture for a cleanser, but Diaz says the results you’ll get are like nothing you’ve seen. The key is the volcanic ash that cleanses the hair of build-up, but skincare ingredients like green tea nourish your strands.
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Both Diaz and Balding agree that clarifying the hair is important, but an intense moisture mask is necessary to keep strands soft. “The key is, after detoxifying your hair it’s just as important, if not more, to replace the moisture stripped away in the process,” Diaz says. We recommend using a deep conditioner like Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, for superior shine.
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But still maintain those beachy vibes
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you have to write off beachy waves. Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Creme Rinse Conditioner is “a great way to rehydrate the hair while still keeping those summer vibes,” Diaz says. You get hair that’s texturized and conditioned with lightweight marine botanical extracts. Your hair can have that healthy fall bounce to it, while you daydream away about your next trip to the beach.
Buy it now: Bumble and Bumble, $29