As the summer comes to a close and your hair has had too much sun, salt water and experimenting in an attempt to look like a Victoria Secret model on the beach, those glossy locks are starting to look limp, coarse and tired. Not to mention the highlights, straighteners and curling irons routinely used to acquire that summer beach hair, the end result is not a healthy one.
Asgar Saboo, celebrity hairstylist to the likes of Cindy Crawford & Eva Longoria shares his expertise on how to restore hair to its natural glory for the Autumn months.
The Baking Soda Clarifying Wash
Shampoos strip our scalps of natural oils and hairspray, salt sprays, moose, and other products cause build up within the hair. The natural baking soda method is very effective by removing this build up in a simple and chemical-free process.
How to: Start by mixing 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. Apply the baking soda and water mixture to dry or wet hair by starting at the roots and working to the ends. Let it sit for 1 – 3 minutes then rinse with cold to warm water to give your hair a shiny finish.
The Apple Vinegar Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is crammed with nutrients that are great for rejuvenating locks. These include, vitamins B & C and potassium, because it is slightly acidic, it also serves to restore the natural pH of the acid mantle of the hair. Exposure to this acidity hardens the outer layer of the hair and flattens the cuticle, resulting in hair that shines and is less prone to tangling or snagging.
How to: Mix the apple cider vinegar, water in a 2:1 ratio. After shampooing and rinsing the hair, lean the head back and pour the rinse over the entire scalp, allowing mixture to run through the hair, gentle squeeze the product into the hair. Be careful to avoid contact with your eyes as vinegar is acidic. Let mixture sit in hair for 1-2 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Trim Those Tresses
After the summer hair needs a trim, as it can tend to look straggly. Getting a stylist to give you a full haircut or trim of just a little at the ends, will give that freshly groomed look without changing the length too much. The more that is chopped off, the healthier the hair will be. Blunt cuts are great for thin hair to remove the broken ends and make the bottom of the hair look thicker. For long hair even periodic trims are beneficial and vital.
Shea Butter Moisture Mission
Thicker and more viscous products are needed in the upcoming months from the cold winds and drying air. A shea butter mix is great for smoothing the hair out and reducing fly-aways. Hair masks penetrate the cuticle to help rebuild strength and elasticity. It also provides color protection which the sun and other elements would have taken away from summer.
How to: Apply the shea butter all over the hair and wrap up in a bun to stop any dripping, fall out and to lock in the product. Cover with a shower cap and leave in overnight for extra permeation. Using this once a week will show a noticeable difference, however the more applications of shea butter the shinier and thicker the hair will look and feel.
Hot Heat Protection
Picking up the heat styling products more in the coming months to battle the tangling of the wind, means scooping up heat styling protection products is a must. Heat exposure of over 110C causes many types of hair issues. Heat damages the hair fibre surface making it feel rougher, it weakens the keratin that makes up the hair, which ultimately makes it break off easily. Heat protection products help by adding a barrier to direct contact with the hair fibre surface. This means they reduce the transmission of the damaging heat to the hair.
How to: To make it easy, invest in a good protecting spray and spritz all over the hair when damp before heat it applied.