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As a frequent traveller with a penchant for exotic destinations, it’s safe to say that my hair has seen its fair share of sun damage over the years. Fortunately, I’ve got the art of hair repair down to a fine art. Read on to discover my top tips and product recommendations for bringing frazzled hair back to life.
I always rinse my hair with cold water after a shower. Not only is this super refreshing during hot and humid summers in Miami, it helps to seal your cuticle layer resulting in stronger and shinier locks. This tip was a true game-changer for me!
The last thing you want to do is add harsh chemicals to damaged hair. I highly recommend switching to natural shampoo to go easy on your sun-afflicted tresses. Over time, natural shampoo will leave your hair healthier than ever because it actually treats your hair rather than just masking the damage, as is often the case with its synthetic equivalents. For more on making the switch to natural shampoo, check out this article.
It’s advisable to trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to keep the ends healthy, but this becomes extra important when your damaged hair is in need of some TCL. Trimming your hair little and often allows you to maintain your current length without those pesky split ends.
Like skin, hair is prone to UV damage and so you should protect your luscious locks whenever you spend time in the sun. Supergoop’s Poof Mineral Powder works like dry shampoo and helps to protect your hair and scalp again sun damage, so it’s ideal for beach days. I also adore R+Co’s Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner, which will not only protect your hair against further damage but leave it feeling healthier than ever. Meanwhile, SachaJuan’s Hair in the Sun is a lightweight serum that’s also waterproof – perfect for summer time swimming!
When your hair is feeling fragile, don’t stress it out even more with a high ponytail or tight braid. Let it flow free until it starts to strengthen, or you may cause even more breakage.
I love hair masks. In fact, when I’m really in the mood to treat myself during a self-care Sunday I’ll often do a hair and face mask at the same time for a really indulgent feel. I swear by Olaplex’s Hair Perfector No. 3, which uses a patented technology to repair the hair at the root and restore the natural texture of your tresses. Your hair will feel smooth, silky and softer than ever before.
I’m also a huge fan of Verb’s Ghost hair mask, which is perfect for color-treated hair. It’s also free form parabens and sulfates, and contains super-softening glycerin. It’s a light yet uber-nourishing formula that delivers intense hydration, and it works particularly well for straight hair types.
Silk pillowcases are becoming increasingly popular to prevent acne and wrinkles, but they’re also good news for damaged hair, too. Whilst cotton pillowcases can contribute to dryness and breakage, silk is much gentler on your hair and will leave it silky smooth. It also helps to reduce knots and tangles, too! Slip is the gold standard of silk pillowcases and they sell face masks, too.
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