STYLEwise: It’s head first into serious summer damage control

Your hair can take a battering during summer so ensure it gets the royal treatment once the swimmers are packed away.
Your hair can take a battering during summer so ensure it gets the royal treatment once the swimmers are packed away. Andry5

MOST of us are quick to acknowledge the need to protect our skin from the harsh effects of summer heat and sun. But when the holidays are over, our beaches are a lot quieter and we are back to wearing work clothes instead of thongs and sarongs. During this process we may just glance in the mirror and realise we weren't as proactive against the sun with our hair as we were with our skin.

Now unless you left your precious locks at home then I'm assuming your hair was in the same hot sun/surf/wind or chlorine that the rest of your body was, even if you did remember to slap on a hat

A season of exposure to sun, salt water, and chlorine, not to mention those great new highlights you had popped in to get your beach look on even before you packed those swimmers, can come together to wreak havoc on our hair. By the end of the summer, it can become so dehydrated it looks and feels like it has been literally fried.

The problem

From a technical standpoint, the hair cuticle is the first line of defence against all forms of damage; it acts as a protective barrier for the softer inner structure, when you colour it, it breaks down a little, but when you add sun, salt water, and chlorine, you can really put the pressure on making the hair look and feel like it is crying out for some moisture and it is.

When hair dehydrates it becomes brittle and when it becomes brittle you get the broken split ends that go up the hair shaft and cause fuzziness and frizziness and sometimes breakage; it's a cumulative process and if this damage is not reversed prior to new chemical processes or an excessive use of heated tools (like straightening daily now you are back at work) it will just deteriorate until your hair is more than likely unmanageable.

While damaging hair can come easy, repairing the damage without proper advice from your stylist can often see you wasting time and money on gimmicky products from the supermarket that will only give you a short lived Bandaid effect and no long lasting results. We often also make the mistake of layering on copious amounts of styling goops to try and tame the fried frizzy mess but that is just adding to the problem.

The solution

Begin at the beginning. Firstly give back to your hair what your holiday has taken out, hydration. Start with a great healthy hair routine you can do yourself at home: while there's no other way than making this sound like an ad there's no point in beating around the bush. I recommend Joico's Moisture Recovery Range. It only takes a minute for this intensely-hydrating Recovery Range to come to the rescue and inject a whole lot of life back into tired, fried, and frizzy tresses; actually reducing breakage by 55-80% if you use the shampoo/conditioner/balm in your routine as a whole.

Using quality salon products is the beginning to getting your locks back on the road to recovery and ready for your next adventure. Let's face it, with autumn not that far away and all those brilliant new coppers, caramels and reds you've had your eye on just waiting in the wings, you'll be glad you invested in a healthy head of hair before it ventures down its next path.

Cheers, Kez

ENDNOTE: Kerrie DiMattia has more than 35 years experience as a hairstylist, salon owner and educator. She is a member of the Joico Australasian Design and H2D Creative teams.

Topics:  hair lifestyle style summer

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