It’s official – summer is coming to a close 😭 Though depending on where you are in the country, you could still be enjoying the last few days of *official* summer sun. However for many of us, the temperatures have already started to drop as we settle in for the beginning of Fall. Some of you might even be reminiscing about summer already through your #summerthrowback pics on Instagram. As much as we’re going to miss summer, here at Mastercuts HQ we’re actually grateful for the cooler weather headed our way – and no, we’re not crazy! Being in the hair biz we know a thing or two about looking after our manes (and yours for that matter), and trust us the cooler air could actually do you some good and give your hair a break from that intense heat. In fact, did you know that the hotter months can actually wreck havoc on our hair? That’s why we’re glad you’ve popped by to check out our detox guide for post-summer hair. 👍

Exposing our hair to the elements, particularly during the warmer season, can weaken hair causing it to become dry and brittle. Whilst you most likely thoroughly enjoyed basking in the summer sun, sea and sand, now that we’re in the post-summer aftermath, your hair is probably not so much in the revelry mood. You see, chlorine, sea-salt and over-exposure to the sun causes breakage and rapid color fade. Definitely not what you had on your summer wish-list, right? Now that the seasons are changing, it’s time to invest in a hair detox that’ll restore your strands to their former, healthier and happier self.

We quizzed our stylists to determine the top 3 things you need to do to get your hair in tip top shape and ready for the cooler months to come. So check them out in this straight forward post-summer hair detox guide, we’re sure you’ll be surprised at how easy some of these tips are.

1. Remove product build up

We recommend: Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo

If you regularly use styling products like hair spray, serums and oils, or you find that you’ve relied a little too heavily on dry shampoo during the summer months, you need to make sure you’re thoroughly removing any excess product build up with a specialised shampoo. ‘Normal’ shampoos are not as cleansing as your scalp needs them to be when it comes to removing rigid product build-up, which is why we recommend investing in a tough (but gentle) cleansing shampoo.

The Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo is a color-safe, vegan, paraben- and cruelty-free purifying shampoo that gently targets product build up and leaves hair perfectly clean and revitalised. It’s packed with a special combination of cleansers and Australian tea tree oil to leave hair refreshingly clean. It also contains Hawaiian awapuhi, chamomile, henna, rosemary, aloe vera and jojoba to help stimulate the scalp with a cool tingling sensation 💦

Tip: Use this shampoo once a week for cleansed hair which looks and feels refreshed and revitalised.

2. Use A Treatment

We recommend: Sexy 3.4 Hair and Body Love Oil

Sexy Hair’s signature Hair and Body Love Oil is a cult hair care product that our stylists say is sure to transform your tresses – and skin! Instantly absorbing into your hair, rather than creating a greasy barrier on the surface of your hair like a lot of other oils, this treatment helps to restore shine as well as strengthen your strands. Enhanced with mimosa flower extract and moonstones, this oil also offers some thermal protection – perfect for all you heat styling lovers out there! Put some time aside each week to use this multi-purpose oil as a treatment or to simply style your hair daily to combat frizz and flyaways. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. It’ll leave your hair instantly glossy and nourished, without leaving behind any trace of residue.

Tip: Apply a small amount of oil through damp hair and style as usual, or use on dry hair to tame frizz and flyaways. For nourished looking skin, apply a thin layer of the Oil directly onto skin immediately after showering and lightly massage in an upward circular motion. Repeat as desired.

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3. Bring back thickness

We recommend: Matrix Biolage Full Density Spray Treatment

Following the effects of the summer sun hair can be left looking lank, thin and brittle. This Densifying Spray Treatment is what our stylists refer to as the ‘miracle worker’. It’s a great treatment that helps fortify damaged hair as well as increasing thickness. Formulated with biotin, zinc PCA and Gluco-Omega Blend, this leave-in treatment works to increase the diameter of existing strands by up to 9%, for fuller and thicker looking hair. Not only does it help to increase the thickness of your hair, but it also smooths, conditions and tames frizz. Our stylists say it’s great for any hair length and if you’re prone to breakage after over-exposing your hair to the summer sun, you’ll be please to know that by using this treatment your hair is left more resistant to future damage. It’d be quite difficult to avoid the sun and the general elements altogether, but by incorporating a treatment like this into your weekly hair care routine, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy fuller looking hair that is replenished and healthy.

Tip: Apply onto hair beginning at the scalp in sections. Massage gently at roots and work through to your ends. Do not rinse. For maximum thickening results, allow to dry then reapply. Style as usual.

So there you have it…

Our sure fire way of ridding your hair of tough product build up and bringing back some well needed nourishment and strength into your strands. Follow our stylist tips and your hair will be ready to tackle the colder months ahead in no time at all.