Fall Hair Rehab: Hydrating Masks, Detox Shampoos, and More To Restore Dry Hair
Summer may be our favorite season, but it can also be the hardest on our hair.
During the summer our hair–just like our skin–is subject to a litany of insults including chlorine, dry air, and UV damage that result in faded color, flaky scalp, brittle strands, split ends, and even breakage, as sunlight weakens the protein structures, melanin (hence the sun-bleached effect) and natural detangling agents known as thiols. Pair this damage with the fact that hair growth also slows down slightly in the cooler months, and what you have is more damaged hair for a longer time. A combination that none of us wants.
Here, our fall hair rehab routine to restore the health of your hair:
Hair health begins with scalp health. Over time styling products, dyes, and silicones can build up on your scalp (along with natural oils, dirt, and dead skin) leading to irritation, flakiness, and limp, dull hair. Too much buildup can also suffocate the follicle root, resulting in thinning hair and even hair loss. No thank you! Just like your skin, your scalp can benefit from exfoliation and a good detox once in a while. These scrubs and treatments will remove build-up, rebalance thescalp’s microbiome, and stimulate and strengthen the hair follicles.
Cleanse + Condition
The fundamental problems of summer-damaged hair are lack of moisture and hydration, compounded by the fact that we wash our hair more often during this time of year. In order to restore softness and shine to over-stripped locks, reach for deeply moisturizing and nourishing shampoos and conditioners that contain ingredients like restorative proteins, protective antioxidants, and nourishing oils. These cleansing and conditioning combinations promise to cleanse gently without harsh sulfates and deeply condition without silicones.
Consistency is key! Treat your hair regularly with a reparative oil, mask or leave-in treatment. Reach for products with ingredients like vitamin C to smooth, soften, and seal the hair cuticle; squalane to replenish moisture to strands; and ungurahua to push color pigmentation deep into the hair shaft for color endurance.