LUX Look: Get your summer tresses ready for fall
Sure, fall offers a girl numerous opportunities for accessory experimentation as bejeweled headbands and satin bows make their way down the runways. However, during the autumn season, nothing beats a head full of luscious locks sure to charm the spotlight. Unfortunately, after three months of summer, your hair is probably anything but soft and shiny due to the constant exposure to sun, water, heat and chemicals. Regardless, it’s time to relieve coifs of their misery and give dry follicles a dose of hair rehabilitation—treatments that will allow brittle strands to retain their natural moisture. Fall is all about sultry tresses that make a statement. And with these seven, thirst-quenching products, the words “straw-like strands” will never make their way into any girl’s beauty vocabulary again.
Before using conditioning products, it's important to start off by using a moisture-rich shampoo, such as, Kiehls’ Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo. It’s specially formulated for dehydrated, undernourished and damaged hair, and uses enriching oils (avocado oil, lemon extract and olive fruit oil) to fortify and gently cleanse. It’s ideal for daily use because it leaves a beautiful shine and softness – without weighing hair down.
1. Hair Sensation Nutrition Intense Extra Rich Conditioning Mask by Lancome
Deep conditioners are vital when it comes to treating dry, undernourished hair. Lancome’s rich conditioning mask is perfect for this task. It not only deeply fortifies, it also rebuilds and reconstructs damaged hair. The secret is in the ceramide and silk proteins it contains. These two ingredients are important for transforming damaged hair follicles – a godsend for fried tresses. Use this treatment once a week to build up weak, brittle hair.
2. Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatments by Redken
After a long summer, split ends are a give-in. Instead of attending the show with a ponytail or opting for a bob, consider revitalizing your ends. Redken’s Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment contains proteins, natural lipids and ceramide to help provide internal strength, cuticle reinforcement and protective resurfacing. It helps fortify hair that is prone to breaking, splitting or snapping off, plus gently smoothes the cuticle to reduce the friction that can damage hair. Simply apply the product on the ends of your hair – or cover all the strands, depending on the severity of damage – before styling.
3. Protein Rx Anti-Breakage Treatment Mask by Fekkai
Protein treatments, such as Fekkai’s, are extremely important for rebuilding and healing strands. The built-in moisturizer contains luscious ingredients, such as soy and milk protein, to rehydrate thirsty hair. All in all, Fekkai's mask strengthens damaged hair while in-between growth spurts. Use it directly after shampooing, being sure to rinse hair thoroughly before blotting with a towel. Apply Fekkai’s Protein Treatment one to two times per week, working it through your hair. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. For excessively dry, damaged hair, feel free to apply an additional treatment to your hair's ends!
4. Thermal Protector For Normal to Fine Hair by GHD
Thermal protectors are a must-have for every girl's hair regimen. They prevent the even further damage caused by styling! By spritzing strands with a heat protection spray, such as GHD's thermal protector, tresses are guarded against the unbearable heat of styling tools, and kept shiny and super soft. A fabulous tool for transforming all hair types, it contains ingredients, such as Mirustyle X-HP, that are useful for defending against the intense heat. The product penetrates into the hair to repair damage and adds the elasticity that can be lost from the iron's friction. In order to protect tresses, spray the product 6-8 inches away, from midshaft to ends. Remember to use it on damp hair before blow-drying, or on dry hair before curling, in order to shield strands from styling burns!
5. Intensive Hair and Skin Treatment Oil by Enjoy
Finishing serums provide the perfect touch when it comes to creating soft, shiny locks. Enjoy’s lightweight formula is non-greasy and instantly penetrates strands, thus enabling it to absorb into the hair without causing build-up. It conditions follicles and seals shafts with enviable shine, eliminating pesky frizz and locking in the moisture needed for the whole day. Perfect for all hair types, this product is great to apply after a shower, plus blocks out the humidity a girl might experience during the day.
6. Leave-In Conditioner by Bumble and Bumble
Leave-in conditioners are important investments because they feed hair strands the moisture they thirst for – even for hours after showering! Bumble and Bumble's creamy product is dually powerful: it functions to both soften and tame. Perfect for daily use, either after the shower or when styling, you can simply comb the product through clean, wet hair before rinsing thoroughly.