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As if the hot air from our turbo blow dryers and the scorch of our flat irons weren't enough, the summer heat adds that extra sizzle that will put almost any head of hair over the edge. Then there's the salt water and chlorine—in other words, our hair takes a serious beating by September. We recently spoke with hairstylist Kerrie Urban, the hair expert behind the Allure Beauty Product Finder, to help us rescue our hair for the fall. Parting with those beloved inches can be tough, but getting a good, healthy trim should be on the top of your list. “Cutting off the dead ends and refreshing your hair style can do wonders,” says Urban. See her other tips when you keep reading.
Go easy on the shampoo. “Shampoo every other day at most,” says Urban. Some still cringe at the idea, but shampooing every day is extremely drying to your scalp and hair. Try swapping in a dry shampoo, such as Simply Smooth Xtend Between Dry Shampoo, or a leave-in conditioner (our new obsession: Tosca Repair Replenishing Treatment) on the in-between days to freshen up.
Use a deep conditioner. They are the ultimate thirst quencher for parched hair. “Try a deep conditioning treatment, like Kérastase Masque Nutri-Thermique or Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Masque. Leave the masque in your hair for up to 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cool to lukewarm water. The cooler temperature will help keep your hair’s cuticle closed, creating healthier, shinier hair,” says Urban. Many salons also offer treatments that can be added to almost any service, including that end of summer haircut.
Mix it up. If you're still battling extreme dryness, you can head to the kitchen to create Urban's homemade hydration mask. “Stir together a half cup of olive oil and three to five capsules of vitamin E. Pop the capsules with a safety pin, then squeeze out the gel. Microwave this mixture for 20 to 30 seconds, and apply it to damp, towel-dried hair. Comb through, and allow to sit on for 15 to 20 minutes. You may want to use a plastic shower cap, as this mixture can be a bit messy. Then rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water, and lightly shampoo and condition. ”
What are your favorite ways to salvage your hair post-summer?
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