How to: The End-of-Summer Hair Rehab
Wed, 30 January 2013 3:01PM
Alright, alright already. We know. You’ve had a skin full of stories on how to restore suppleness to your skin, so how about a tome about how to re-hydrate tresses?
Your hair needs some attention, Primpettes. Think about it; all the sun, heat and dehydration that has hit your face, has probably fought its way through your hair to get there.
Shining from above, the first thing the sun sees on the beach – after the uneaten barbecue shapes and your neglected pedicure, of course – is your hair. And it hones in. The summer months literally suck the good stuff up faster than a toddler all over a triple-cone ice cream.
And even indoors, you’re not safe. Air-conditioning can dehydrate hair and cause brittleness too, leaving little places to hide.
Of course, certain types of hair are more susceptible to become sitting ducks for dehydration, including bleached blonde hair, over-heat-styled hair or curly, coarse textures.
“When hair is damaged and in a porous state, it is extremely difficult to retain hydration, and continuous repair is essential,” notes Sofia Basile, Director of UNICO Hair Salons, and creator of natural haircare range, UNICO Formulations. “Dehydrated hair needs to be constantly fed moisture and protein so it can repair itself,” she says.
Ingredients to look for in hydrating hair care include cocoa butter, avocado, rose/ apricot, sesame oil, kernel oil, and aloe vera.
So, is your hair dehydrated? See how many of these points you can relate to:
- You have long hair. This means – no offence – your hair is old. It’s been hanging around, literally, for a long time so it needs more nourishment.
- Your hair is bleached. Any bleaching agents literally strip the hair and push it out into the elements butt-naked to fend for itself, so of course it’s got no defense against dehydration!
- Your hair feels dry to touch – even when it’s fully submerged in the shower. This is a good indication that your natural oils are not working hard enough to counteract environmental dehydration, so some outside help is needed.
Here’s what you can do:
EVERY DAY: Drink more water, take supplements – such as Vitamin B and Iron – and up your protein and natural oil intake – think avocado, almonds and salmon. Also, wear a hat or cap when you can. Either as a fashion statement or a sun-protector, hats will block out the sun and wind any day. Scarves are also great for the office at times your hair is either looking or feeling less than lush.
Try: Blackmores Nails, Hair and Skin, $20.95
EVERY OTHER DAY: Spritz with a leave-in conditioner and/or SPF product on clean hair and tie up into a top-knot. Hair that is pulled back is less exposed to wind and pollutants, so this is a perfect style for summer. To add some extra moisture, apply a hair oil with the open palm to the updo to slick it back – rather than using hairspray – and add a groomed element. If your hair is out, serum the ends only as anything at the roots will cause it too look greasy.
Try: Unico Hair Serum, $23, Adore Beauty and Senscience Moisturising Mist, $30.95, 1800 111 770
WEEKLY: Pop a hair mask in your hair and wrap it in a warm, heated towel. The heat will open up the hair cuticle and allow ingredients to penetrate faster. Rinse out after 20 minutes. Although you sometimes think the longer in there, the better, once you’ve hit about 20 minutes, you’ve hit the point of saturation – so to speak – so rinse and finger-comb through.
Try: Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask, $49.50, Adore Beauty
MONTHLY: When you next have a trim, ask your stylist to pay particular attention to the ends as summer can often mean the need for slightly more diligent snipping. Also, ask for a treatment to be applied and pop yourself under a steamer, as the steam will also activate penetration more successfully.
Before you know it, you’ll be thrust back into autumn and your hair will be able to breathe freely again, with few battle scars to show for summer.
Do you up your hydration ante in summer Primpettes?
What’s your modus operandi for maximizing hydration?
Wanna spill on your internal and external hydration secrets?
Posted by: ecb