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After spending summer weekends out in the sun by the pool or ocean, our hair often suffers. While it’s too late to take any preventative measures, there’s plenty we can do it get our hair back in tip-top shape!

5 Tips For Healthy Post-Summer Hair

1. Use a shampoo and conditioner for your hair type.

At different times of the year, given the weather, humidity, and our natural hair types, our locks need different things. For example, if your hair tends to be frizzier in the summer months, a smoothing shampoo and condition will help seal in moisture and smooth the hair cuticle. If you hair tends to be drier in the winter from being inside with the heat on, and hydrating combo will help nourish and plump your strands.

If you’re not sure what your individual hair needs are, take Virtue Labs’ Hair Diagnostic to figure out what you need. It’s a quick, eight question quiz that will tailor suggest recommendations based on your unique hair needs.

Post-summer, my hair is often frizzy and dry from being outside in the sun. To restore it, I’m currently using Virtue’s Smooth Shampoo and Smooth Conditioner. I saw results after the first wash with this combo! Plus, I really like the smell. It’s fresh without being too floral, sweet, or overbearing.

Lately I’m finding that I prefer a sleek style to my hair instead of my natural loose gentle waves. Using this combo is helping me keep my hair sleek, straight, and shiny without using heat tools everyday.

I personally tend to find that my hair is more dry in the winter months. I can’t wait to pick up the Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner in a few months for myself.

2. Don’t dry with a towel — dry with a t-shirt!

This is a neat trick I’ve noticed both myself and have seen other people point out too. Using a regular towel to dry your hair can cause unnecessary damage to your hair. The fibers can make split ends worse, increase texture, and cause breakage.

Instead, use an old t-shirt to gently dry your hair! After you get out of the shower, use your hands to gently squeeze out excess water. Then flip your hair over to use a t-shirt to squeeze out anything else, especially around your roots. Wrap it up just like you would with a normal towel and allow it to dry that way for as long as you can.

Then, take it down and gently squeeze out any remaining moisture. If you need or want to, wait until your hair is nearly dry if you can to use any heat drying and styling on it. You’ll prevent extra, unnecessary damage to your hair with this method!

And on wet hair, I recommend only using a wide tooth comb or a brush specifically designed for wet hair. Otherwise, you might unknowingly be causing unnecessary damage!

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3. Deep condition or use a weekly hair mask.

Ever since I was in high school, I’ve been a deep-conditioner. It’s something I attribute to being able to grow my hair 10+ inches every year. I’ve noticed, especially as I get older, that my hair isn’t as resilient as it used to be. It feels more dry after I use heat styling and loses tons of volume after a few days if I don’t wash or style it. I’ve really come to embrace the sleek ponytail on those days – ha!

A restorative treatment mask, like this one, that you use weekly can do wonders for dry or dull hair. The Restorative Treatment Mask is made with Alpha Keratin 60ku™ to hydrate and actively restore hair from damage. I see using a mask or deep conditioning as giving my hair an extra coat of protection. It’s a nice treat for me that keeps my hair healthy!

I also find that deep conditioning means I’m using less product overall. It extends the upkeep of my hair so I can go longer in-between washes. I also have to use less spot treatments on a regular basis so I have less product to wash out of my hair on washing days.

4. Get a trim.

It’s a good idea to trim the ends of your hair every few months. Even if you don’t want a full cut, your hair will feel healthier when you get rid of all of the dead ends.

If you’re getting a trim every few months, you should only need to cut off a half an inch or so each time. Waiting longer means more dead ends will have piled up. So you’ll have to cut more off to have healthy hair from root to tip. It’s especially important to do if you’re trying to grow your hair out, keep length, or maintain a certain hairstyle!

Here’s a comparison of my hair from last summer vs this summer following these tips:

5. Spot treat.

Just like you can spot treat your skin, you can spot treat your hair! Depending on your hair’s needs, you might want to go for a split end serum or a frizz cream. You’ll want to look for something lightweight that doesn’t weigh your hair down.

It’s also a massive bonus if it works in tandem with the rest of your hair care routine! Hair care systems tend to have ingredients that work synergistically to really experience their full effects.

Another tip for spot treating: If you’re finding that both your hair and skin are often dry, you might need more humidity in your living space! Setting up a humidifier should do the trick.

And there we have it — five tips for healthy post-summer hair! If you’re struggling with a lot of damage, these steps will help restore your hair’s natural luster.

Before you go out into the sun next summer, wear a hat to protect your hair from the sun and try to keep your hair out of chlorinated and salt water. Doing so will help keep your hair from drying out. Plus, many Virtue products also come in travel sizes so you can keep them with you during your travels!

What are your favorite tips for for healthy hair?