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7 Products That Will Protect Your Hair From Summer Fun
Don’t let salt and sun wreak havoc on those lovely locks
Kérastase Nutritive Touche Perfection ($36)
Think of this treatment as a lip balm for longer-hair types. I used just a dab of this non-sticky treatment (made with iris root extract, which strengthens brittle hair) on the ends after towel drying and found my fine locks were easier to blow-dry, but they weren’t limp from the heavy cream.
Davines SŪ Shampoo ($22)
This color-protecting shampoo is what you need to clean your hair of sea salt and chlorine residue. The richly emollient almond proteins are what nurtured my dry hair back to bouncy health in just under a week. I wanted to shampoo twice just for the earthy scent, but definitely woouldn’t at this price.
Sachajuan Hair After The Sun ($29)
Normally, I’d pair the shampoo with the conditioner, but in this case, I was intrigued by this leave-in lotion because of its reparative sea algae benefits. It’s super lightweight and brings a nice sheen. For hair totally fried by flat irons, you can use a dollop of this as an overnight treatment. Apply to clean hair before bed and allow your hair to dry naturally.
Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak ($25)
Most experts agree a weekly hair mask is good enough to keep the optimal moisture balance in check. I don’t have the patience for a DIY avocado mask, but this is just as good as the real thing. A lifesaver for thick hair, the super-rich cream replenishes your natural oils with olive-fruit oil and rinses out easily.
L'Oreal Paris Sleek It Strand Smoother Serum-Spray ($4)
A bargain win for smoothing out those untamable frizzies. The humidity-resistant formula doesn’t leave a tacky mess like those glazed hair sprays do. It keeps fine hair sleek with movement. But wiry, curly hairs may need more industrial strength.
Philip B. Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray ($25)
If you’re going to spend more than 30 minutes under the sun or in chlorinated water, generously spray this treatment everywhere. The spray is strongly scented with an exquisitely sweet oud and is made with mongongo oil, which forms a protective film over the hair fibers, preventing damage from the hair-wrecking elements.
Kevin Murphy Staying Alive ($23)
Pierce uses this on everyone who sits in her chair. I liked how the hair really absorbs this paraben-free de-tangler when applied to damp locks. It keeps my hair silky with honey and rosehip oil. The spray bottle is also perfect for giving my hair a boost of moisture during my dog-walk run.
Sweltering temps are on their way, and being a Valley girl, not only am I stuck figuring out which SPF will actually stay matte and which liquid eyeliner will stay put, but I’m also taking a second look at my arsenal of hair products. Most women don’t realize how the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage unprotected hair as easily as it damages skin. Also, while we rarely experience humidity here in L.A., there’s still one thing keeping me from bouncy beach-hair perfection: weekly dips in chlorine-rich and salted waters that fry my locks.
Split ends suck. Sure, the tattered wisps I can handle with a quick trim, but when I spend into the triple digits for my painstakingly blended caramel highlights every six weeks, the last thing I want to see is the color fade immediately under the scorching sun. And because I’m really not the type of girl who gets into the science behind follicular chemistry and cuticle control, I don’t have a serious edge when it comes to picking out good hair-care products from the shelves of Sephora.
Celeb stylist Jessica Pierce—a 15-year industry veteran who has styled the tresses of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, and Mark Wahlberg—says we should definitely change up the routine: “In the summer, our own scalp will increase its natural oils from our body due to warmer weather. Hair tends to be grow faster in summer as well because of the oils, and that heavy conditioner that our hair and scalp needed to keep our locks from being dry and brittle in the winter will only make your hair more oily and flat.”
UV damage is one thing, but add to it pool and ocean water? “Salt becomes hard water in your hair, leaving unwanted mineral deposits onto your locks," says Pierce. "And chlorine is a chemical harsh enough to turn blonde hair into muddy green strands.”
It’s already June, so don’t dillydally. Here are seven different ways to crank up the moisture in your hair-care routine without weighing it down. All of these deliver on their promise of getting rid of unwanted frizziness, damage, and tangles.
A native Angeleno, Navdeep Mundi is a Leo, hates cilantro, and has studied beauty products for more than 18 years. She spends her days directing media and strategy and her nights sniffing out slightly quirky yet impeccably pretty things along with her German Shepherd, Le Tigre.