How to revive summer damaged hair

Heat, humidity and UV rays can do some serious damage to your hair in the summer months. Get your hair back into shape with these simple, foolproof hair hacks using coconut oil and more.

While the arrival of summer sun brings trips to the beach, beautiful sunsets and plenty of backyard BBQs, by the end of the season, your strands have probably seen better days. Chlorine, salt water, UV rays, heat and humidity are just a few factors that can wreak havoc on your mane during the summer season, and by the time September rolls around, it’s time to do an overhaul on your hair to get it back to its pre-summer state. But fear not—even if your hair is drab and dehydrated, it’s possible to turn it all around and get back your smooth, shiny hair. With just a few key nourishing hair care products, like L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil 1001 Uses Hair Mask, and some TLC, stringy, strawlike strands will be a thing of the past. Read on for everything you need to know about how to revive your post-summer hair.

Learn How to Tame Frizzy Hair

One of the most common signs of distressed hair is frizz and fly-aways often appearing in hair that’s lacking moisture. Tackling frizz is a simple way to get your hair in better shape and turn up the shine factor. Try applying an anti-frizz serum or oil to your locks post-shower—like L’Oréal Paris Smooth Intense Frizz-Taming Serum, which provides 72 hours of frizz protection. For smoothing on the go, coconut oil for hair is an effective (and delicious-smelling) emollient to spot-treat fly-aways and frizzy hair. Simply apply a small amount over any areas that need smoothing.

Boost Moisture with a Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Damaging UV rays and heat from the sun are just two of the reasons your hair is zapped of moisture once summer is in full swing. Need a quick fix for adding shine and smoothness back into your mane? Swap out your regular conditioner for a hair mask during your next lather, rinse and repeat session. Try a coconut oil hair treatment like L’Oréal Paris Extraordinary Oil 1001 Uses Coconut Oil Hair Mask , which melts into hair for a serious boost in hydration. The lightweight formula contains extra-fine coconut oil for weightless moisture that penetrates the hair to help repair damage caused by the elements. Use it as many times as needed to restore shine to your parched strands.

Give Your Hair Colour a Touch-up

A common complaint once summer comes to an end is that hair colour looks faded. The sun is the number one culprit for zapping dye jobs and generally drying out hair, so it’s no surprise that your hair colour could be lacking by the time the temperature cools down. If you’re short on time for a total colour refresh, sometimes a quick rinse with a purple shampoo for blondes or a colour-enhancing shampoo for redheads or brunettes is all it takes to give your hair dye job a much-needed boost. If a quick shampoo isn’t enough, give your tresses a touch-up with a semi-permanent at-home hair colour like L’Oréal Paris Casting Crème Gloss, which nourishes hair with ultra-shiny colour for up to 28 washes. If your hair is especially dry, before reaching for the dye, prep your locks with a coconut oil hair mask, which will help your colour go on more evenly.

Get a Trim to Get Rid of Split Ends

If you’re suffering from a head full of split ends, the most effective way to get your hair healthy again is to get a haircut. While conditioning masks and coconut oil hair treatments will boost moisture and nourish dry hair, once your ends have split, they can’t be mended back together. If a drastic cut is daunting for you, even a quick trim can make a big difference in refreshing your hair and preventing its ends from becoming further split and damaged. It offers a fresh start to the season and in conjunction with proper hair care (like deep conditioning treatments and frizzy hair products) is the most effective way to hit restart on your hair’s health.

Avoid Hot Tools

When your hair is lacking in moisture and parched from the summer season, the last thing it needs is a blast from a blow-dryer or to be run through a piping-hot flat iron. While your hair is recouping from all the summer sand and sun, give it a break from your regular routine of hot tools. Instead of taking your strands from soaking wet to dry with heat, opt for an air-dry hair product that will help amp up moisture and control frizz; then let your hair dry on its own.

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