These days it’s a no brainer that SPF needs to be a part of your daily skin routine. But, did you know that UVA and UVB rays could also be damaging your hair? If you’re coming out on the other side of summer with frizzy, dull, or lifeless looking hair, it may be more than just chlorine that’s to blame. Your hair may be the newest victim of sun exposure.
Luckily there’s a way to get those luscious locks back come colder weather. After prolonged sun exposure, your hair is screaming for hydration, and a hair mask can be a huge help. Our go-to? Aveda’s Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque ($25, amazon.com).
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Unlike other hydrating hair masks that may feel as heavy as mayonnaise, this mask strikes the perfect balance of lightweight and powerful. You can tell it’s really sticking to your strands and battling those split ends without weighing down your hair after you've rinsed it out. Great for all hair types, this intensive cream promises to boost moisture while defending against free radicals. It's also chalk full of anti-oxidants, like green tea extract, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E.
Here’s how it works: After shampooing with a hydrating shampoo (Aveda recommends their Sun Care Hair & Body Cleanser, of course), apply root-to-tip evenly throughout your hair. Now, all you have to do is wait a short 2-5 minutes while the mask does the hard work for you. If you have the time, you can leave it on for longer and go about your getting ready routine before rinsing thoroughly.
Looking for more ideas to bring your sun-scorched hair back to life? Here are a few extra post-summer hair care tips to consider:
- Get a Gloss or Glaze: Head to the salon for a gloss or glaze treatment to add life back to your hair color. It’s more cost effective than getting a full color treatment and can restore your original hue.
- Detangle Damaged Hair with Care: Tired hair can be hard to detangle, and if you’re too rough, you can end up with even more breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb and a multi-taking detangler.
- Trim Split Ends: Have your stylist take split ends off your hands, or they’ll just continue to split over time.
- Smooth Away Frizz: If you’ve already tried all the frizz products you can think of, consider a straightening cream. Even if you don’t straighten your hair, these products fill in your hair’s cuticle and make your locks look smoother.