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How to revive your post-summer hair to its former glory

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Georgia Drew
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Summer has well and truly finished and our hair’s moisture has gone with it. A simple salt spray will no longer cut it as autumn rolls around. Our haircare routines need a serious revamp to repair the damage all that holiday sun, chlorine and heat have done to our locks.

Now that we are all SPF obsessed with our skincare, it’s time to acknowledge the harm the sun does to our hair too. UV rays can have disastrous effects on hair by breaking down the proteins causing brittle, splitting strands. This is far from ideal with party season fast approaching.

So that’s why we’re bringing a two-tiered approach to our post-summer routine. 

Firstly, we must accept that the damage is done and now is the time to go about repairing it as best as you can with masks, oils and vitamin-rich products. 

Secondly, we want to prevent further damage and encourage healthy hair growth to ensure you feel as confident as your cocktail-swilling summer self. These are the products you need to cheat a Jonathan Van Ness-level makeover in your own bathroom.

Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo 

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Changing up your shampoo to a harder-working alternative is a great place to start. This one contains maracuja oil which is full of fatty acids for rejuvenation.

£46, cultbeauty.com

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo

This restoring shampoo cleanses even the driest, coloured and processed hair without taking away any moisture. Castor oil has long been used to promote hair growth and nourish strands.

£12.99, boots.com

Bumble & Bumble Mending Conditioner

Just when you think your hair is past saving, try this damage targeting conditioner. Suitable for all hair types, this will effortlessly mend any split ends caused by UV.

£26, feelunique.com

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Treatment

The avocado oil in this treatment contains vitamin D which helps generate new hair follicles. If you do nothing else, adding this 3 minute step into your routine will do you wonders - and if you’re still planning on visiting a couple of lidos before summer truly ends, drench your hair in this deep conditioner before dipping into the chlorine.

£4.99, superdrug.com

Davines SU Aftersun Replenishing Mask

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Look no further than the this post-sun remedy to treat your post-holiday hair. Ingredients such as shea butter work to repair the effects of harsh sunlight, plus the aluminium tube is very Insta-friendly.

£20.50, net-a-porter.com

Ouai Air Dry Foam

It would be rude not to include some Ouai in the mix, especially as this Air Dry Foam is so suited to the frizzy texture we get from chlorine! Ideal for those of us on-the-go, just scrunch this into damp hair on the way out the door for controlled waves. 

£24, spacenk.com

Big Hair MILK Leave In Moisturiser

This cult product for curly and afro girls works a dream to combat dehydration. The summer sun was gorgeous with a glass of rosé but it’s left our hair feeling in need of this leave in hero.

£16, bighair.com

John Frieda Daily Miracle Leave In Conditioner

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Light enough to spritz generously every time you wash your locks, this will minimise sun induced frizz. Full of vitamins A, E and C this will maintain the work an intense mask has done. 

£5.99, feelunique.com

Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil

The roster of awards this oil has won affirms just how good it really is. Don’t be put off that it’s an oil as it has a weightless feel that nourishes without making you greasy.

£48, birchbox.com

Sachajuan Hair After The Sun

If you’re lucky enough to be off to soak up some late summer sun abroad be sure to bring this. Rinse out or leave in, just don’t leave it behind.

£20, cultbeauty.com

Michael Van Clarke 3” More Inches Hair and Nail Supplement

Beauty can often come from the inside out, and these supplements will ensure your hair is healthy from the root. Folic acid will promote healthy cell growth to compensate for your sad ends.

£24.50, feelunique.com

Holland & Barrett Vitamins for the Hair

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Take one a day to get all the copper, zinc and vitamin B12 you need to drastically improve the look of your strands. 

£14.79, hollandandbarrett.com

Philip Kingsley Tricho Complex Hair Nutritional Supplement

Anything Philip Kingsley puts his name to we are down to try - and these supplements don’t disappoint. Watch your hair transform just in time for party season.

£45, cultbeauty.com

Cloud Nine The Airshot

Long after the heat of the summer warmth has gone we are still under threat of heat damage from our blow dries. Protect your newly repaired hair by investing in a hair dryer with temperature control technology.

£99, cultbeauty.com