The wear and tear of summer stresses out our poor hair. Sometimes hot tools, chlorine, salt water and the sun fading out color are just too much for our hair to handle.
No worries. Here are some home remedies to help ease the struggle and keep hair healthy and strong throughout the summer.
Aloe usually is the first healing agent we think of when we get burned. Aloe also can benefit hair strands as a deep-healing tool.
Just mix 4 teaspoons of aloe vera with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Massage into clean hair, then leave on the hair and wrap in a towel for an hour (or overnight) and rinse out thoroughly.
You can find both these products at organic groceries or health food stores.
Another helpful remedy is 2 to 4 teaspoons of olive oil and one egg yolk. Mix in a small bowl with a whisk, then distribute through the hair evenly. Leave on for 30 minutes, and then wash out.
This is an old-school trick that is still around - and it works wonders. The nutrition in the egg yolk helps rebuild ends while the olive oil helps rejuvenate the ends from the debris of harsh salts or chemicals in color processing or chlorine water.
Of course, it's wise to let your beauty professional analyze your hair to see if it needs more protein, moisture or hydration. No matter our hair types, we are all lacking something, and this can lead to weak, brittle hair.
Kevin Murphy's Repair-Me.Wash and Repair-Me.Rinse are my all-time favorite home care solutions for this season. All hair types will benefit because these products heal the hair strands from the inside out.
Remember that it's possible to achieve and keep gorgeous, healthy hair as long as you take proper care of it. As an example, consider Tami, one of my dearest friends and guests in the salon.
I color her hair in a two-step process. First comes the color, and then I weave through highlights to give her a multi-tonal, bright blonde. Tami has fine hair, but it's in excellent condition for all that it goes through.
She also uses the best heat protectants because she uses heated tools to style her hair on a day-to-day basis. Thankfully, she is faithful in keeping up with her all-natural home care regimen - and it shows.
Angela Scharver, hair artist at House of Color in the Plaza at Belfair, Bluffton, specializes in full-service hair styling.