Between the heat, the chlorine, and all the added exposure to the sun, summer can really take its toll my hair. If I don’t want to end up with dry, damaged locks by August, I have to take extra steps to protect it. Below, the hero products I’m using (and loving) right now.
The summer season is harsh on any color hair, but blondes take a significant beating. I have to be super diligent about adding in extra moisture in the form of treatments like this mask. After I shampoo my hair, I apply this mask instead of my usual conditioner. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll rinse it out after 15 minutes but I really prefer to leave it on as long as possible (sometimes all day!) before rinsing it out as I find that’s usually the most beneficial.
If you color your hair, this leave-in mask is worth considering. It really works to repair any damage from color, heat, and any chemical treatments. I apply it once a week, post-shower, and leave it in. It doesn’t make my hair feel heavy at all. I started using it a few months ago, and I have noticed that my hair is less dry and much smoother overall.
I always wish my hair would dry naturally with pretty waves – especially this time of year! Alas, mermaid-like locks aren’t going to happen for me unless I work for them. When the mood strikes, I’ll spritz this all over my hair, twisting pieces as I go. I usually just let it air dry from there, but if I have time (which is never), I’ll hit my hair with a diffuser to really set the waves.
For me, there’s nothing better than a great blowout. Along with hair color, it’s the beauty service that is always worth it to me – no matter the hassle. While there’s simply no substitute for the real deal, the Dyson Airwrap comes very, very close. It’s been a true game-changer for me. Not only does it eliminate the need for multiple tools (read: the less heat, the better), but it’s actually easy to use and never feels like a chore the way pulling out a blowdryer does. I love it so much that if it were to break, I would replace it same-day, without a second thought.
While the majority of my hair accessories come straight from Amazon, I do splurge on clips from Alexandre de Paris. Not only are they beautifully designed, but they’re also top-notch in terms of quality. They don’t feel flimsy and won’t break after a couple of wears. Since I try not to wash my hair too often, these clips (along with plenty of dry shampoo) are a way to make dirty hair look a little prettier.