Summer Hair Repair
Ask any hairstylist how to fix your hair at the end of the summer and they'll tell you the same thing: if only people would care for their hair the way they do their face. You wouldn't lie on the beach without slathering SPF 50 on your nose and cheeks, but chances are you've skipped a hat in favor of earning a few free highlights. Now it's almost fall and you probably want shiny, healthy hair. So we asked Nikki Ferrara, the Sally Hershberger-based colorist behind Olivia Wilde's covetable color, and Roxy surfer Monyca Byrne-Wickey (because whose hair sees more sun?), how to nurse your sun-fried locks back to health.
Needless to say, the repair process will be easier if you take care of it post-Memorial Day instead of post-Labor Day. "I try to keep a hat on at the beach," says Byrne-Wickey. "If you wear it up in a bun, the sun hits it right smack in the middle. Then, when you take it down, all of that hair that was sitting on top of your head is framing your face-and it's fried." Hurley's FlexFit Men's Hat ($29.50) is big enough to hold even Byrne-Wickey's enviable hair-and cute enough to complement your suit.
At home, layer on the products. "The best way to nurture fried hair back to health is to use a moisturizing conditioning mask followed by a leave-in conditioner," says Ferrara. She suggests using Shu Uemura's Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment ($68) once or twice a week. We're also big fans of Rahua's Omega 9 Hair Mask ($58); it's full of quinoa protein to strengthen the hair while the omega oils moisturize. Once you're out of the shower, try Sally Hershberger's Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray ($13), which has silk extracts to seal split ends, or Garnier's Strand Saver Anti-Breakage Spray ($6) with caffeine, biotin, and fruit extracts to reduce breakage. Arcona's Essential Nutrients Silk Leave-In Conditioner ($20) has flower extracts that actually protect the hair from future sun damage.
Byrne-Wickey also slathers on serums. "I love the Kerastase serum in the orange bottle," the surfer says, referring to the brand's popular Serum Oleo-Relax ($39). "And Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum ($24) is great." Directly after swimming she favors It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product ($10). "I've never, ever found a product that's so awesome," she says. Oils like Weleda's Rosemary Hair Oil ($16) and Kiehl's Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Oil ($25) are a more natural option, one that Ferrar likes in moderation. "Oils coat the hair shaft and tame frizzy, fried pieces of hair when you blow dry," the colorist says. "Heavy duty moisturizers are rinsed out after a few minutes-and used one to two times a week-while oil can be used every time after you wash your hair."
And finally, after you've coated, soaked, and rinsed your hair, avoid brushing it for as long as possible. "If I can get away with it, I won't even brush my hair," says Byrne-Wickey. "I'll just use my fingers, because if you have a good enough product you don't need to do anything." The drier your hair when you comb it out, the less breakage it'll suffer. Sound like a lot of work? Pick up a bottle of Aveda's Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($26) before next summer rolls around.