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DIY Repair for Sun Damaged Hair

Summer time is fun.  No doubt about that.  Playing on the beach, swimming in the pool, and being out in the sun for most of the day are some of the best ways to spend the warm days of the season.  All that fun in the sun takes a toll on hair.  All the salt water, UV rays, and chlorine can change the look and feel of your hair.  Brassy color, thin strands, brittle ends – these are all examples of sun damage.

Don’t worry!  You can fix this!

If your hair has a bit of sun damage at the end of the summer try these tips to reverse the damage and repair your locks:


One of the most important things to do to help your hair regain its beauty is to replace the moisture that was pulled out by the chemicals and the sun.  Daily oil application and overnight treatments may be necessary to fix dry hair.  Once the hair returns to normal, such a concerted effort won’t be required.

Moisture will be especially important if you color your hair. Always make sure to use a Pre- and After-Color Treatment to ensure moisture and protection when coloring.


Ends hold onto the damage longer than the core of your hair strand.  Get your hair trimmed to remove split ends and brassy, crunchy tips.  You’ll notice that your hair will appear more bouncy and alive once the dead weight is removed.


This new hair trend of washing your hair and scalp with a conditioner rather than a shampoo helps to revive your hair when it is suffering from sun damage.  There are great cowashing options out there that you can try for revitalizing your hair.

Treat with kid gloves

Be careful with your hair until it recovers. Combing and brushing with the same force that you used to may not be a good thing.  When hair is damaged it is easy to create split ends or cause the ends to snap off, especially when wet.

If you are looking at this list of things to do and wondering how you are going to afford it, never fear!  Here are some great diy hair color conditioner recipes for your hair that you can make in the comfort of your own home:

  • Aloe Vera and lemon juice – get a good bit of pulp and add a couple of drips of lemon juice to your hair.  Let it sit on your hair 15 minutes before washing it out.
  • Banana and honey – mash a whole banana and add a teaspoon of honey to it.  Apply to your hair for 10-15 minutes before washing out.  With these two ingredients you are moisturizing and nourishing your hair at the same time.
  • Strawberries and mayonnaise – Mash up 10 strawberries and add a teaspoon of mayo to create this masque.  Leave it on your hair for 20 minutes and then wash it out.  Why mayo?  It’s a natural conditioner!
  • Milk – Apply it to your hair and let it soak in for an hour before washing it out.  It strengthens dry hair.

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