How to Revive Summer Hair Like a Pro

Back to school sales have started, and Sharpie highlighters are on every end cap at Target, which can only mean one thing–Summer is winding down.

Before you turn on the waterworks and think back to your days of lounging in the sun like a distant memory, let’s focus on the present.  By that I mean, the present condition of your hair.

Whether you’ve spend your July at the beach, in the pool, with a bottle of Sun In, or achieving the perfect warm weather ombre, the chances are your hair could use some love.

Any and all of the above mentioned activities are literal fun in the sun, but they can wreak serious havoc on your hair.  Let’s get a little sciencey.

Your hair’s outer layer, the cuticle, is built much like the outer layer of a palm tree. (stop thinking about the beaches of Maui.) When the cuticle is health, it lays pretty flat.

Exhibit A:

Note: Rather flat outer layer of hair.

Note: Rather flat outer layer of hair.

However, when your hair partakes in summer fun, the cuticle gets roughed up.  Changes in pH with color, Sun In, and pool chlorine cause cuticle damage, and it no longer lies as flat, or provides the strength your hair once had.

Exhibit Reality:

Nope, not a Christmas tree, that's your hair.

Nope, not a Christmas tree, that’s your hair.

Once your hair has achieve fried status, there’s no REAL going back. Hair is dead, remember?  But to get yourself through the fall with hair as sexy as Blake Lively‘s, it’s time to think seriously about deep conditioning.

Deep conditioner adds both water and oil to the hair, nourishing the interior and exterior–replacing some of the moisture you’ve lost over the sunny months.  It will add celebrity level shine, but the most exciting part is that it will act as a filler, making your cuticle appear flatter.

Exhibit Your Future:

Beads of conditioner stick to the outside of the cuticle, filling the gaps, smoothing the texture for silky smooth hair.

Beads of conditioner stick to the outside of the cuticle, filling the gaps, smoothing the texture for silky smooth hair.

Even better reason to get a deep conditioner?  It will hold in color! Whether you’re a Katy Perry Pastel or a deep ruby red, prevent color fading by sealing it in with deep conditioner.  It’s a win win–and your hair will be grateful.

Looking for the perfect conditioner?  Try these!

Total Beauty’s Top 10 can help you make a choice. 

Or try a great natural option from Etsy!

What’s better than a conditioner that works? One that smells amazing too!

No matter the directions, it’s best to apply conditioner to clean, damp hair, and then let it sit under a shower cap for at least ten minutes.  Then take a selfie.  Because I’m sure you’ll look amazing in a shower cap.

Do you have a favorite deep conditioner?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.

xoxo

A

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