UV rays from the hot summer sun can cause serious damage to your hair. Enter hair masks: a quick and easy way to help undo the frizzing and fraying that happens as a result of sun exposure. Our summer hair mask ingredient of choice? Coconut oil.
“The sun can damage our hair, leaving it dry and prone to more breakage,” Dr. Tess Marshall, NMD, Director of Product Science & Innovation at Nutrafol, confirms. “Coconut oil has many benefits, especially for summer hair.”
In addition to smelling like a delicious piña colada, coconut oil contains fatty acids “known to protect the hair shaft and also help with shine,” she adds. Coconut oil masks are beneficial year-round, any time of day — but they’re especially perfect after a day of sun exposure. “Using a coconut oil mask after beach days can help promote moisture and help prevent breakage,” Dr. Tess says. Coconut oil hair products are available in any drugstore. Here are a few to consider. And unless the products state otherwise, Dr. Tess recommends applying them to dry hair for maximum absorption.
You can’t beat the price on this two-step mask. Apply the first step after shampooing your hair. Leave it in, then add step two. Leave that solution in for three minutes, then rinse out and enjoy your lustrous, coconut-enhanced hair.