You might have had an amazing summer, but it’s not uncommon for your hair to feel past its prime as the weather cools down. Swimming at the pool or beach, hanging out in the sun and showering more often can leave your hair feeling dry, brittle and riddled with split ends. Here’s how to restore and repair it.
The Problem: The Weather
Overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage the protective cuticle around the outside of your hair. This leads to a brittle texture, split ends and faded color.
The Solution: Refresh Your Hair
Trade your current shampoo and conditioner for something more nourishing. The activated charcoal in Pantene Charcoal Shampoo Purifying Root Wash and Pantene Charcoal Conditioner Renewing Cream Rinse acts like a magnet to cleanse your hair and scalp while helping to remove impurities, leaving your hair refreshed and renewed.
A leave-in treatment such as Pantene Repair and Protect Overnight Miracle Serum helps repair damage while you sleep. Just apply nightly to wet or dry hair, starting from the bottom and working your way up to the midshaft. There’s no need to wait or rinse – just hit the sack!
The Prolem: Salt and Chlorine
Did you spend the summer poolside? That probably meant a regular chlorine bath for your hair. Used to disinfect the water, chlorine strips the natural oils from your scalp and can cause discoloration. Meanwhile, the high salt content in ocean water can leach the moisture out of your hair, taking your hair color with it.
The Solution: Just Add Coconut
Your hair needs oil to keep it looking healthy, so treat it to some coconut milk oil. Herbal Essences Coconut Milk Oil-Infused Crème is infused with coconut milk oil, which helps nurture, hydrate and repair your hair in just 21 days. Just distribute it evenly through damp hair – no need to rinse!
The Problem: Over-Styling
Repeated blow-drying and the use of heat-styling tools damages your hair follicles, which leads to breakages, color fading and even thinning hair.
The Solution: Heat-Protecting Spray
Don’t let a curling iron or straightener near your hair without spritzing a heat-protecting spray over it first! We recommend Pantene Smooth Heat Protecting Spray for its strand-smoothing formula, which is packed with micropolymers to help shield your hair from heat damage.
You can also go au naturale and air-dry your hair as much as possible. See our pretty air-dried hairstyles for every hair type.
The Problem: Too Many Showers
Between all the humidity and heat this summer, you’ve probably been washing your hair more often, which can strip the scalp of its natural sebum, irritating your skin and depriving your hair of oil.
The Solution: Dry Shampoo
Man, do we love dry shampoo. To refresh your hair between washes, spray with Herbal Essences bio:renew Dry Shampoo in Blue Ginger. It’s crafted with a blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp, plus it’s color safe and contains no parabens, gluten or colorants.
If you prefer to wash your hair daily, opt for a shampoo and conditioner that are gentle enough for daily use, like Pantene Micellar Shampoo Gentle Cleansing Water and Micellar Conditioner Moisturizing Milk.
Have you discovered the secret to repairing damaged hair? Share your top tips in the comments below!