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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?

ecb x

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  • Posted by: Amanda E // Thu, 31 January 2013 09:44am

    Loved this article! I need to buy those supplements

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 09:51am

    Ive got pretty long hair and I always notice how dry it can become. I was my hair every second day and while its damp ill apply my L’Oréal hair oil through it. This makes my ends feel so much nicer plus it prevents my hair from drying out excessively. I also dry a coconut oil treatment once or twice a week and this makes my hair feel lovely and soft.
    I love the idea of wrapping my hair in a warm towel while I have a mask in. I’ll try this out soon :)
    Thanks ecb x

  • Posted by: LD // Thu, 31 January 2013 03:04pm

    I just cut all of mine off (was way down my back) yesterday to shoulder height. I had tried every treatment/mask/oil known to man and nothing was helping. It was just too old/bleached/dehydrated and needed a massive cut. I now have shiny/bouncy/thick hair again. And it’s so cute having a bob!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 09:03am

    I usually put a leave in conditioner in the night before I wash it.
    I give it a bit of time to absorb before I go to bed.

  • Posted by: melany Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:29pm

    Ooooh, this has made me want to try out Blackmores Nails, Hair and Skin!

  • Posted by: melany Master Fan // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:32pm

    A weekly moisture hair mask a week is a great treat that keeps my locks looking silky and soft.

  • Posted by: Jaimi Enthusiast // Fri, 1 February 2013 01:01pm

    Awesome article, going to purchase the moroccan oil mask :-)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sun, 3 February 2013 05:53pm

    Some great tips, thanks :)

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Mon, 4 February 2013 10:49am

    Have never used a leave in conditioner before, my hair feels so dry atm sounds like a good idea!

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Mon, 4 February 2013 02:03pm

    My cupboard is bursting with hair products & remedies. At the moment I am using a NAK mask which I pop under the shower cap and clean the bathroom, and my most loved product is TIGI After Party, it’s an alternative to the serum so it’s not as heavy and it feels & smells so yummy

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:10pm

    Yeah, I really need to get into the habit of regular hair masks…

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Wed, 13 March 2013 10:53am

    After using and loving the Unico shampoo and conditioner really want to try the hair serum !

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 24 February 2014 08:32am

    The supplements are a great idea.

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