Summer's almost over, and chances are your hair has gone through a rough couple months. Whether it be sun, wind, or the heat that has fried your strands, we've got the treatments for every hair type to get your locks back in good health by fall from Mari Lynne Mele, Blow salon educator and stylist.
If You Have...Colored Hair
Sulfate and parabens are the culprits that strip color from your hair, so it's important to pick a shampoo and conditioner duo that says "sulfate free" on the bottle or mentions it is for colored hair. Kevin Murphy Angel Rinse Shampoo and Conditioner is sulfate-free and stocked with antioxidants, protecting your hue and your hair's health.
If you've still got one more beach trip in your before summer's over, keep your color fresh with a UV protectant spray like L'Oréal EverPure UV Protect Spray.
If You Have...Curly Hair
The biggest problem with curly hair is that more often than not, we are guilty of a serious hair crime - product overuse. Steer clear of heavy mousse and gels and opt for an enhancer like René Furterer Acanthe Perfect Curls Leave-In Curl Enhancer. It controls your curls and reduces frizz without giving your hair that wet, crunchy look.
If smooth and straight is what you're going for, choose a smoothing treatment that will deposit and lock in protein for manageable hair. Though keratin treatments can be a little pricey, most treatments last three to four months and drastically cut down on frizz without the need for daily heat abuse from irons, etc.
If You Have...Thin Hair
Thin hair is most prone to breaks and split ends. To prevent this, try a coconut or olive oil treatment. The oil has a moisture-retaining capacity and also promotes growth. Apply over hair and shampoo out to reap the benefits.
To keep hair strong and split ends at a minimum, try an intense, deep-conditioning treatment once a week. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask quenches dehydrated strands and restores hair's strength and shine.
If You Have...Thick Hair
To keep thick hair as healthy as possible, you need your shampoo to work hard to get product buildup and residue out. Hair Rules Aloe Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo rids hair of product gunk without stripping away the natural oils.
For thick, unruly hair, Mele suggests a hair mask loaded with protein. Try a weekly mask like Bumble and Bumble Quenching Masque for the (Terribly) Thirsty to hydrate and restore strands. Pair this with a clarifying shampoo after using and be sure to rinse out well.
If You Have...Relaxed Hair
Relaxed hair can often lack luster. Use a serum, which will insulate your hair cuticle and enhance shine and texture. Opt for a gel-based serum over oil, as oil serums can cause strands to look greasy.
Whether your hair's biggest nightmare is the summer heat or your smoothing treatment is on its last legs, battling humidity-induced frizz is beyond aggravating. Opt for an anti-humidity hair spray like Garnier Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray to control your style and keep frizzies away.
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