Beauty Insider: How to Treat Dry Summer Hair

July 2010

Colorado’s arid climate means hair can be as dry and devitalized in July as it is in the middle of ski season. To make sure your locks stay in tip-top shape this summer, I went in search of the best products that help turn dull, damaged hair into a shiny and manageable mane:

  • Sulfate- and paraben-free products may be better for your health, but they frequently fall short on performance. One exception is Number 4 Hair Care’s Restructuring Masque (pictured). The 100 percent vegan formula is a rich cream high in soy proteins that infuses hair with moisture, strength, and shine.

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Restructuring Masque, $69, Scarlet Salon, 1575 Boulder St., 720-855-7839, scarletsalon.t83.net; or visit number4hair.com for a list of other area salons.

  • Kerastase is the ultimate in luxurious hair care, and the brand’s Chronolgiste treatment proves it. This restorative product combines "caviar"-inspired pearls containing essential fatty acids and vitamins with a nourishing cream that transforms brittle, weakened hair into supple and hydrated locks.

Kerastase Ritual $60, Matthew Morris Salon, 277 Broadway, Ste. D, 303-715-4673, matthewmorrissalon.com.

  • Improve your color---natural or not---with LUSH’s handmade hair treatments. To keep blond hair bombshell quality, the Marilyn Hair Treatment brightens highlights and adds moisture without weighing hair down. For brunettes (or anyone with dry hair), try the Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease Hair Treatment to de-tangle and de-frizz your tresses while adding a dose of shine.

LUSH, Marilyn Hair and Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease Hair Treatments, $19.95 and $21.95, 1312 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-5874, lush.com.

  • For those in search of a leave-in treatment, try the Su/Sun Oil Body & Hair Protective Moisturizing Oil by Davines. The non-greasy formula gives hair a naturally glossy luster while preventing signs of aging with Moroccan argan oil, vitamins A and E, and a UV filter. Feel free to re-apply to hair and skin as needed, especially when you plan on being in the sun all day.

Davines Su/Sun Oil Body & Hair Protective Moisturizing Oil, $28, Bliss Salon, 2845 Wyandot St., 303-561-3445, blisssalondenver.com; or visit davines.com.