September is for many of us the start of our year. Our Summer holidays have ended, schools and Universities are open and we are back to our normal routine, reminiscing about our time relaxing on beautiful beaches and watching sunsets. And like us, our hair need time and some care in order to bounce back from the effects of Summer. So today, is the time to start giving our hair some love!
Prolonged exposure to UV rays can have its toll on our strands, damaging the cuticles (the outside cover of hair). You may notice that your hair has lost a little bit of color and vibrancy, have become more dry and brittle, have developed split ends and have become frizzy and unmanageable. All these are effects of the sun’s UV rays. Add to that chlorinated water from swimming pools, air-conditioning, dying, blow drying, and regular washing and you are left with tired, lifeless hair by the end of Summer! Good news is that there are things you can do to revive your hair post-Summer and get them ready to face the harsh Winter weather.
Go for a trim
Visit your hairdresser for a trim to get rid of those split ends and allow your hair to bounce back to normal. Or, simply do it yourself at home if you are skilled enough! Just make sure you use a good pair of hairdresser scissors and not a cheap one from your local store!
Use an emergency repair mask
Use an intensive steam mask once a month to help bring your hair back to life. We are used to regular hair masks here in the West but Asians have upped the game to include steam masks! The benefit of steam masks over regular hair masks is that the heat helps open up the pores of the hair, allowing the beneficial ingredients to be absorbed more easily into the hair shaft, thus deeply moisturizing and repairing hair. Try A’PIEU’s Super Protein Steam Hair Cap, a steam mask made from 10 types of proteins, natural oils, collagen, milk, and other beneficial ingredients. The mask comes with a foil cap which helps the mask heat up. This is an intensive treatment you can do once a month to deeply moisturize hair and address frizziness and dryness for healthy looking hair.
Weekly mask treatment
Get in the habit of using a hair mask at least once a week. It is easy especially if you already use hair conditioner. Instead of using your regular hair conditioner, use a mask! Apply it after shampooing, so by the time you finish washing your body, it has time to do its magic. We absolutely adore KUROBARA’s Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil Intensive Repair Hair Mask because it contains the magic ingredient of Japanese camellia oil which helps revive hair, provides deep moisture and leaves hair soft and supple. The addition of Oleic glyceride penetrates deep into the damaged hair and conditions them leading to well-controlled and smooth hair. We use it twice a week and we love it so much that we replaced our normal conditioner with it!
Once you have done some emergency treatments, you need to also include a regular leave-in treatment into your haircare routine. These are products you can use after you wash your hair which you do not need to rinse out, like serums, oils, and creams. With regular use, they help repair the hair shaft, minimizing split ends, and smoothing out frizziness and dryness. We recommend innisfree’s Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum which contains natural Jeju camellia oil and fermented camellia oil to help revive and treat damaged, bleached, and over-processed hair. We also suggest KUROBARA’s 100% organic Pure Tsubaki Camellia Oil for the more damaged hair.
Your pillowcases matter
The friction between your hair and your pillow exacerbates and can even create split ends. So switch your cotton pillowcase for a silk one which does not produce as much friction. Otherwise, go for a more budget-friendly satin pillowcase. Do not let your hair down while sleeping; tie them in a loose bun before bed to minimize movement, hence friction, while sleeping.
Let your hair down
Since the weather is starting to cool down a bit, there is no need to pull and twist your hair into tight buns, braids, and elaborated hairstyles all of which can cause damage to the hair shaft. Allow your hair to flow freely and make sure you minimize the use of heat products to allow the hair to recover.
Use a heat protectant
If you absolutely must use heat on your hair, we suggest that you use a heat protectant. Etude House’s Wonder Fun Park Hair Perfume Mist is not only a light fresh and peach-scented hair perfume but also contains oils and fruit extracts to nourish and protect hair from heat before blow-drying.
Stop messing with your hair
We admit it, we do it too! Twisting and playing with your hair damages it and leads to split ends! So stop messing with it and do something else with your hands when you are bored! Use a fidget spinner, a stress ball, anything within your reach.
Much like our skin, our hair also needs a little post-summer TLC. Follow the tips above so that your hair is ready, strong, and fully equipped to welcome the harsh Winter weather ahead.