How to Fix Damaged Summer Hair

how to fix damaged summer hair

A summer spent tanning on the beach and swimming laps in the pool can take a toll on your hair. Days in the sun may be relaxing, but your hair’s undoubtedly stressed out! Before you resort to chopping it all off (if that’s your prerogative, go for it!), check out our guide to treating distressed hair and getting it back in top form for fall.

Depending on your hair type, texture, coloring, etc. there are different problems your hair may incur by the end of summer. Below we’ve divided up all the different damaged hair issues, along with their specific solutions!


moroccan oil hydrating mask

This is the number one post-summer hair issue. Hair can’t repair itself, so long days spent out in the sun can take a toll on it, stripping it of moisture and shine. If your hair feels dry, brittle or even crunchy, invest in an intensely hydrating mask. One of the most popular ones on the market is Moroccan Oil’s ($16). Packed with argan oil, apply a healthy amount of the product to damp hair and comb through. Let it sit for about ten minutes, then rinse and style. It’s a jolt of hydration for your hair. If you prefer a more natural solution, use miracle product coconut oil as a conditioning treatment. Warm up the oil slightly by rubbing it between your hands, then coat your hair with it. Leave it in overnight, and wash it out in the morning. Your hair will feel silky smooth!


Chlorine and salt water can not only affect hair texture, but hair color. If you’ve noticed your strands aren’t as beautifully fresh and vibrant as usual, try out a color restoring mask like Redken Color Extend Magnetics Deep Attraction ($20.50). It uses a key ingredient – zinc gluconate – to keep your dye in your hair, so you can prolong that trip to the salon.


If your hair seems frizzier than normal, use straightening products for your hair, even if you’re not going to straighten it. Straightening formulas have smoothing properties, meaning goodbye frizz! I’m obsessed with Bumble and Bumble’s Straight Blow Dry ($30). I’ve been trying to combat frizz all my life, and this wonder product works.


Hair’s often tangly and unmanageable by the time August rolls around. If you can’t seem to get the knots out, spritz your hair with a good detangling spray pre-combing. Aggressively combing your hair can cause breakage – something you want to avoid at all costs. Try Ojon’s Revitalizing Mist ($24), which detangles, hydrates and tames frizz, all at once.


split ends

If you notice split ends, it’s time to call up the salon – no hair treatment will fix this one unfortunately. You just need a little trim. If you don’t cut it off, it will get worse, so it’s good to snip at the first sign of splitting.


Blondes may notice that their beautiful color has turned less-than-perfect after a long summer. If your hair is a bit brassy, restore it with a color correcting shampoo with purple tones. You can find Bed Head’s Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo ($18) at ULTA. It combats brassy, yellow tones, plus softens and smoothes dry hair.


If you’re blonde and a big swimmer, you may also see that your hair has tinges of green after a few too many laps in the pool. Chlorine can add an almost-lime tint to blonde hair. To prevent this from happening in the first place, use a swimming cap. If that’s not an option or the damage is already done, try Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Remedy ($3.70). Mix the little packet with hot water and apply it to your hair. It was instantly revive dry, crunchy hair and remove discoloration.


joico blue shampoo

Brunettes aren’t immune to hair discoloration either. Brown hair can lose it’s natural richness after prolonged sun exposure. If you notice that your hair has turned a bit rusty, try using a blue shampoo that will combat any signs of orange. Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo ($16) eliminates any hint of orange or brassiness in brown hair.


Many people with straight hair find that their hair turns extra flat against the heat and humidity of summer. If your hair needs a little oomph of volume, try volumizing shampoo and conditioner. My current favorite is Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner ($24 each). While spending almost $50 on shampoo and conditioner might sound crazy (I never thought I would consider spending that much), I cannot say enough about these products.Hair is left clean, bouncy and full. Truly amazing products.


Curly hair needs moisture more than any other texture. It’s very susceptible to dryness. If your curls are completely fried by summer’s end, use a deep conditioning mask to restore bounce and shine to your locks. Macadamia Professional’s Nourishing Moisture Mask ($12) works on even the toughest, coarsest hair. Comb it through damp hair from roots to the ends, leave on for ten minutes and rinse. Use it a few times a week and be amazed by your newly revived curls!

Is your hair feeling post-summer stress? Let us know what treatments you’re going to try in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR.COM!

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