As much as we don’t want to hit pause on our summertime, pool-side playlist, it’s time to face the music: the sunny season is quickly departing and is leaving a gaggle of weather-dried strands in its wake. While we’re definitely guilty of embracing the happy-go-lucky, carefree hair routine that usually manifests during the warmer months, we do find that it takes an extra effort to restore tresses to their former, hydrated glory.
Though it’s not quite time to take out our carefully folded fall flannels or overindulge in pumpkin spice treats just yet, there’s no time like the present to start prepping for that post-summer hair sadness. Other than investing in a humidifier and limiting heat styling, we’ve rounded up the products that not only retain moisture, but also add an additional wave of water to autumn ‘dos.
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Comb this luxe leave-in (with vitamins A, E, F and shea butter) through strands and keep on overnight for a sulfate-free, paraben-free and carefree hydration therapy.
No less of a marvel than J.Lo’s beauty evolution over the years, this spray-in conditioner with amino acids and bamboo extract could revivify even Frankenstein’s monster perm.
Beloved by curly girls the world over, Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Treatment is packed with vitamins A and E, and hydrating coconut oil to help calm even the driest coil.
Moroccanoil may be known for its nourishing hair mask, but right now we’re in love with their Luminous Hair Spray—it contains argan oil, essential fatty acids and antioxidants—to give hair hold and much needed R&R time post summer sun.
Hairstory New Wash ($40)
Avoid the temptation to completely shave off tired tresses and give sunned hair the TLC it craves with Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3. This at-home treatment (complete the set with Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner) will quench even the most parched hair.
We consider this silky cream one of our secret weapons. Amino acids, keratin, and glycerin—a natural humectant—combine to fight lackluster and dry strands.
OUAI Treatment Masque ($32)
If you like it—and want it bounding with healthy moisture—then you should’ve put a mask on it, and we say OUAI is the way to go. Smooth this keratin and amino acid blend through strands for the ultimate shine and healing.
R+Co CROWN Scalp Scrub ($38)
Get to the root of the problem (literally) with R+Co’s Crown Scalp Scrub. Adorning your royal strands with this mix of salicylic acid and exfoliants revives skin and regenerates happy, healthy hair.
S.Oil Serum + Oil ($68)
You treat your skin to lavish, multistep regimens that correct for sun damage and environmental stresses, so why shouldn’t you do the same with your hair? S.Oil’s deluxe Serum + Oil (featuring revitalizing coconut oil and tea tree oil) is like a spa day for lifeless lengths. Bonus: Each of the three scents is incredibly dreamy.
If band-aids for hair existed, they would look a lot like Sachajuan Hair After the Sun. This aftercare mask is formulated with major humectant and protein power to detox all of the sand and sun from tresses and replace them with insane hydration.
Shea butter + coconut oil + essential oils + avocado oil = deliverance from the terrors of brittle strands. SheaMoisture’s restoration masque is the perfect after-beach, treat-yourself cure for dry hair.
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