How to Bring Dry, Damaged Hair Back to Life After Summer

It’s nearly time to wave goodbye to the beautiful heady days of summer, and all that hot-weather fun might have taken its toll on your hair.

The sun, chlorine and saltwater can all zap moisture and strip colour from your strands. The combination of swimming pools, dips in the sea, heat, humidity and styling for nights out can dry out hair, leaving it in desperate need of rehydration. So now is the time to give your mane some TLC. Whatever your post-summer hair hitch, read on for the perfect rescue remedy. Discover top tips that will show you how to fix dry hair and bring your strands back to life. It’s like a fitness boot camp for hair, just more indulgent and more relaxing!

1. Follow a Weekly Routine

Several days or weeks in the sunshine and heat can leave your hair feeling dry, frizzy or even damaged. Following the summer season, it’s important to quench your hair’s thirst. If you’re struggling with straw-like hair and want to feel less scarecrow and more sun-kissed beach babe be sure to moisturise your hair just like you would your skin. Follow a weekly routine for revival, and you’ll soon have your hair back to it’s best. Start with a bathroom overhaul and choose products for dry, damaged hair. Look for hydrating products with quality ingredients that add moisture and shine. Up your weekly hair routine, so it includes:

  • A moisturising shampoo & conditioner for dry, damaged hair. A top tip from our co-founder Adam Reed is to “rinse your hair for a good minute with cold water after you’ve washed and conditioned. It seals the cuticles, creates shine and encourages blood flow to the scalp.” 

  • A leave-in hair treatment or hair oil to lock-in moisture. Hair oils are like liquid gold for hair, and if you opt for a leave-in treatment, it will work all day to help you transform dry and unruly hair into tamed, sleek and glorious goodness.

  • A weekly treatment mask to combat dryness and damage. Our co-founder Adam says, “It’s important to nourish and rehydrate your hair. Using a mask or treatment regularly will keep your hair in a healthy condition and help fortify it, so it resists damage.” 

Dry Damaged hair - coconut oil

2. Go Coconuts

Coconut oil is a great remedy for damaged hair. This oil has transitioned from the kitchen to the bathroom as Beauty Eds have shouted about its benefits as a magical multitasker for skin and hair. Coconut oil moisturises hair as it is 94% fat and is high in vitamin E, K, zinc and iron. You could use raw virgin coconut oil as a treatment or you could take yourself to hair heaven with our Totally TLC Hydrating Mask, which contains a quadruple whammy of naturally nourishing ingredients including coconut oil, marshmallow, aloe vera, and mango seed oil.

Your hair will drink up this mask as the natural ingredients have healing properties that help nourish hair from within. This is a fast-acting, heat-activated mask that gets to work in as little as five minutes. It can help combat all your summer hair concerns such as dryness, coarse hair, sun damage and split ends. Treating your hair at a higher temperature opens the cuticle allowing the coconut oil and other nutrients to penetrate the hair. The team at Percy & Reed HQ recommend this as one of the best treatments for damaged hair. 

3. Take it Easy on the Hair Washing

Overwashing can be damaging for hair as it can strip away your hair’s natural oils and protein. Our co-founder Adam says, “Excellent advice is to not wash hair too often, once every 2-3 days is enough. On the other days, dry shampoo will clean roots and refresh lengths.” With the humidity and heat, it’s hard to resist washing hair, but if you use dry shampoo in between washes, you should be able to go at least an extra day. Honest!

Dry damaged hair - try healthy eating

4. Eat Your Way to Good Hair

 Hair products for damaged hair can help to take care of your tresses from the outside, and drinking lots of water and eating vitamins and minerals will help your hair from the inside. You can try eating your way to healthy hair by making sure your diet includes plenty of vegetables and fruit, so you keep your daily vitamin intake high. Avocado contains antioxidants and vitamins A, B6, D, E, iron and fatty amino acids, which will add a protective layer to your hair and help retain moisture. Another good reason to choose avo on toast for breakfast! You can also buy supplements to help keep your hair in tip-top condition. Adam says, “Choosing supplements like biotin, Omega 3,6 and 9, fish oils and garlic will help your hair to become strong and healthy.”

5. Discover Hair Oils

Oils really are a post-summer saviour and can help restore shine and softness. We’ve already mentioned the benefits of coconut oil for hair, but there are all different types of oils that can heal the hair. The trick is not to overuse oils so that your hair doesn’t appear greasy. Nut oils are very intensive, and macadamia seed oil is one of the richest oils available. Macadamia nuts are native to New South Wales and Queensland in Australia. You can use macadamia seed oil to replenish dry and damaged hair that has been exposed to too much summer heat, and it’s excellent for calming frizzy hairstyles and transforming lacklustre locks. Carrot Seed oil is a natural vegetable oil that is a source of vitamins A, E and beta-carotene. It can provide much-needed moisture to dry hair and scalps and promote overall hair health and shine. Camellia Oil is from the seed of a Camellia flower, it’s rich in Omega 9 and can help restore your hair’s natural shine, and help to retain moisture. Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Treatment Oil+ contains this trio of healing seed oils. Adam says, “Our Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Treatment Oil+ contains Macadamia Seed Oil which penetrates the scalp and hair, for strength and elasticity. It also has Camellia Seed Oil which helps restore moisture and protect strands, turning your hair into shiny, silky glorious locks you won’t believe. The added Carrot Seed Oil also regenerates and rejuvenates.” It can be used as a leave-in treatment giving you an all-day fix for dry summer locks, and unlike other hair oils, it’s lightweight and non-greasy, so it won’t weigh hair down. Genius!

Heat Styling Dry Damaged Hair

6. Give Your Hair a Break from Heat Styling

If you’ve partied your way through the events of the summer with uber-glam hair, it’s likely that hair straighteners or curling tongs have helped you to achieve fabulous looks. The downside is that heat styling can damage the cuticles of the hair and cause breakage. To restore your hair, you can help by reducing the use of heat styling tools and protecting strands before styling. As a great alternative, why not try air drying? Skip the heat tools when you can and follow our tips for styling without heat.

7. Say Goodbye to Split Ends

Twisting hair into a slicked-back bun or ponytail and using a hairband is pretty much the order of the day when you’re melting in the summer sun. Using hairbands and brushing wet hair can cause damage and split ends. When hair is wet, it's more prone to damage so go easy on the brushing and comb gently using a wide-toothed comb to ease tangles and protect from damage.

The best fix for split ends is a trim at the hairdresser's, so head to your favourite for a snip. 

Dry Damaged Hair Frizzy - Frizz Fixer Spray

8. Get a Quick Fix

When your hair is dry and damaged, it can be more prone to frizz, so while you’re following the steps to repair your hair, you might still need some instant frizz-taming. Try Oh So Smooth Frizz Fixer Spray which helps you to banish frizz in a flash. It also contains coconut oil along with moringa oil and sweet almond seedcake extract. The anti-frizz formula will tame flyaways, smooth frizz, replenish moisture, and seal the hair cuticle. Just spray into your hair, brush through to fix post-summer frizz in an instant.

Follow these steps and you’ll soon solve all your summer hair woes, perk up parched locks, and restore your smooth, sleek and glorious mane in no time. What’s your summer rescue remedy? Let us know over @percyandreed on Facebook or Instagram #percyandreed