When thinking of sun damage, we don’t consider our hair. During the summer, we may forget to protect our hair. September’s fall fashion magazines inspire us to prepare for a new look, and you should also remember to provide TLC for your hair damaged during the summer that’s in need of repair.
How The Damage Is Done
Color and chemical treatments break down the protective coating on your hair called hydolipidic film. Adding salt water, chlorine or sun can strip down this film completely, which causes very dry and damaged strands. Your hair will look frizzy, dry and limp and won’t hold a curl. This dryness leads to split ends and breakage.
How to Fix It
If your hair is suffering from sun damage, consult a professional. Until you are able to visit a salon, try home remedies. Hydration is essential to repairing your tresses. First, treat your hair with a hydrating hair mask. It seals in moisture and protects your hair from further damage after your summer fun. Mask treatments are most effective if processed for at least 15 minutes, but no more than one hour. Follow your mask with a moisturizing deep conditioner treatment and rinse prior to styling. Consider using salon quality shampoos and conditioners to repair your hair and maintain a healthy hair routine.
One of my favorite at home remedies is a puree of avocado and mayonnaise. Apply it generously throughout your hair, cover with a plastic cap and apply heat (dryer, heat cap) for approximately 15-20 minutes, shampoo, rinse thoroughly and follow with style.