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Summer is almost over and school days are right around the corner. Sun, wind, sea and salt may have left their mark on hair that enjoyed days at the beach, in the pool or catching some rays. To get hair back into shiny, healthy mode for classes, there are several steps you can take.
GET A TRIM
Get a trim to remove dry or split ends leftover from sun and surf. To avoid a back-to-school hair trauma, avoid getting a drastic haircut. A minimum trim will get hair back into healthy hair mode with minimal stress.
Avoid drastic hairstyle changes. It always takes some time to learn to style a new hairdo. Resist the temptation to make a radical hair change right before school starts. If you must give in to your itch for a change, make subtle changes. Add bangs, change your bangs, and start to grow them out, add a new part, change an old part, and add new hair accessories.
Hair jewelry and accessories are always a great option. Headbands and chic hair clips are always popular. Consider wearing your hair in soft romantic braids. Or pull hair back and clip it with a tortoiseshell barrette.
DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT
Give yourself a good hair conditioning treatment. Use a rinse-out conditioner, or Deep Revitalizing Treatment like our Renewing Argon Oil Hair Mask.
HOT OLIVE OIL TREATMENT
A hot olive oil treatment is always an option. To do an olive oil deep treatments follow these instructions:
Use extra virgin olive oil, which can be purchased at the grocery store. Heat just enough oil to cover your hair (approximately 1/4 to 1/2 cup of oil depending on the length of your hair) in the microwave until warm (but not hot). Carefully apply the olive oil, with your fingertips, to the ends and dry parts of your hair. If your hair is naturally oily, avoid applying the olive oil to the hair closest to your scalp or your bangs.
After you have applied the olive oil, put on an old shower cap (the oil may be hard to remove from the cap so use one that you can throw away). Leave on for about 30 minutes then rinse, shampoo and condition your hair. We recommend our Renewing Argon Oil Shampoo and Conditioner to help keep hair hydrated and healthy.
FOR A DEEPER TREATMENT
For a deeper treatment, wrap a hot towel from the clothes drier around the shower cap and leave on your hair for at least one hour. Wash the olive oil out with a mild or moisturizing shampoo like our Renewing Argon Oil Shampoo then apply conditioner. Do not over shampoo your hair. One good application of shampoo should be all you need to remove the oil. It is best to let your hair air dry to maximize the benefit of the oil treatment.
Be sure to do the olive oil treatment on a Friday or Saturday and never right before you are going out. This is also a messy treatment. Sometimes it is best to apply the oil in the bathroom. Have some clean rags available to wipe up any accidental spills or drips.
If you want the same results as the olive oil with less mess, try coconut oil. It also works wonders on dry hair.