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Summer hair SOS

Summer hair SOS

Days at the beach, swimming in the sea, being all outdoorsy in the sunshine: the great Kiwi summer is tough on our hair. Now we’re back at work, frazzled and faded isn’t pretty so it’s time for some fast fixes to save summer hair.

Colour SOS

If the sun has faded your colour or there hasn’t been time to touch up your grey roots, there’s a brilliant cult Aussie product called Spilt Milk $80 that can fix the problem temporarily. A powder made from natural clays and minerals, it comes in a shake pot with a brush and in a range of shades that you can blend into your parting to cover regrowth. It also mops up excess oil. The result looks natural and it’s amazingly easy to use. The only problem is that it can be difficult to track down in New Zealand. So far it’s stocked at a very limited number of salons, but it should be more widely available very soon.

Split Ends SOS

By the time your hair touches your shoulders, the ends are about three years old. They’ve been through a lot of swims and styling. Treatments and shampoos do more damage. The only way to fix split ends properly is to get a trim. But if you’re looking for a fast fix, there are products that will temporarily seal them up. Most contain a silicone which covers the end with a filmy coating.

You can use these treatments every three shampoos – the silicone won’t wash out easily – but too much will weigh down your hair. Try Schwarzkopf BC Repair Rescue Sealed Ends $29.40 for an easy fix. You could also invest in a salon keratin treatment for up to six months’ reprieve from split ends and frizz. Prevent more split ends by:

  • Booking in for a regular trim – lopping off 1cm every eight to 10 weeks should keep them under control.
  • Minimising heat styling.
  • Using only brushes with natural boar bristles.

Dryness SOS

Our hair gets dryer as we age, because our scalps produce fewer moisture-retaining ceramides and oil-gland activity diminishes. Dry hair is demanding. Try not to over-shampoo and, whenever you do, use a conditioner. If you’re concerned it will flatten your roots, only apply from the mid-lengths to the ends.

Deep-condition your hair every seven shampoos – a good tip is to be sure to towel dry hair gently before working in the mask. Choose products aimed at your hair type – not whatever happens to be in the shower. Those enriched with natural oils can be effective. Try
Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Shampoo $30 and Conditioner $26.50. If you have hair that is oily at the roots and dry at the ends, keep a dry shampoo handy. They’re brilliant for next-day hair. The classic is Batiste Dry Shampoo $15.99.

Chlorine SOS

Chlorine can build up in the hair – especially if you’re a regular pool user – and can give blondes an unattractive green hue. Look for clarifying or chelating shampoos to remove pool chemicals. Joico K-Pak Chelating Shampoo, $31 is also ideal if you live in a hard-water area or have issues with styling product build-up.

About Nicky Pellegrino

Nicky Pellegrino has been a journalist for over 20 years, both here and in the UK, and is a former editor of New Zealand Woman's Weekly. These days, as well as working on the magazine's beauty pages, she writes popular novels like Recipe For LIfe, The Italian Wedding and The Villa Girls. For more about Nicky check out her website www.nickypellegrino.com

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