Now that summer is done and dusted, it’s time to take stock of all the damage caused by months of sun, sea, sand or pollution. Especially for hair, as it’s the most difficult part of our body to protect. Cue: breakage, split ends, dryness. You name it and I’ve got it. Are you in the same boat? Here are some terrific post-summer hair repair tactics.
Why your hair needs this: We often forget that the scalp is basically skin and it also needs moisture and nutrients. Plus, since it sits right on top of our head, the scalp suffers from some pretty nasty sun damage, which shows up as flakes, itchiness, lacklustre strands, hair breakage and loss of volume. Cucumber soothes and moisturises while feeding your hair shafts with strengthening silica. Avocado is rich in proteins (helps fill up the cracks in the cuticle to make each strand stronger) and amino acids, along with having high levels of vitamins A, D and E.
Ingredients: 1 cucumber, 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon honey
How-to: Chop the cucumber and avocado (with the skin on) and puree them together in a food processor. Add the honey and dilute with enough water to make a paste. Apply this mixture all over your head and gently massage it into the scalp; cover your head with a shower cap and wrap it in a warm towel. Leave for 15 minutes, then shampoo as usual.
Post-summer hair damage: Dry and brittle strands
Why your hair needs this: Hair tends to go in one of two directions post-summer: either it becomes overtly greasy or everything just goes dry and brittle. If you are in the latter camp, try this tress treat. Both lavender oil and coconut milk are great at adding back the hydration without weighing down the strands. Bonus: your hair will smell amazing!
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon each of lavender oil and coconut milk
How-to: Combine the lavender oil and coconut milk; massage the mixture into dry hair before you hit the bed. Simply rinse out your hair in the morning… you won’t believe the texture!
Post-summer hair damage: Greasy all over
Why your hair needs this: Mayonnaise is packed with eggs and cream to nourish, vinegar to bust flakiness and olive oil to nourish the hair shaft. Add white clay to help absorb the excess greasiness, along with rose to regulate sebum (natural oil) production and you have a hair mask that leaves your strands smooth and shiny, sans the oil slick.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 10 drops rose oil, 2 tablespoons white clay
How-to: Warm up the mayonnaise, then slowly add the oil and clay; stir well. Slather on hair generously, using light massage strokes. Cover head with a shower cap and warm towel. Leave on for 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual.
Post-summer hair damage: Dull and lifeless strands
Why your hair needs this: The scorching summer sun is known to strip hair of all its shine, leaving strands looking dull and lifeless. When that happens to me, I bring out these potent clarifying, hydrating and glossing oils and my sun parched hair drinks them up like a balm for its soul!
How-to: Mix together all the oils and leave them to infuse for a couple of hours. Next, separate your hair into 8-10 sections and apply the oil mixture with cotton balls. Then either cover hair with a shower cap and warm towel for an hour or leave on the oils overnight; shampoo as usual.