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With as much humidity as our hair endures over the summer, you wouldn't think it would end up dry and brittle, would you?

Yet many women -- us included -- are currently walking around with damaged hair that's screaming for a little TLC. Sam Brocato of Sam Brocato Salon in New York says it's not necessarily the humid air that wreaks havoc on our lovely locks -- it's our time spent outside enjoying the weather.

"The number one problem is sun exposure," Brocato tells StyleList. "Chlorine and salt water also have a major effect on hair."

Signs of summer-damaged hair include dull, lifeless strands that won't hold a style or overly frizzy locks that seem fried. Your tresses may be dry on the ends or oilier than usual at the scalp. Or your color may have faded, changed or become brassy. All of these conditions are signs that the days of summer fun have taken their toll.

Watch the video for pro tips on preventing frizz

But don't worry your pretty head. Brocato gave StyleList some simple remedies to help repair your tattered tresses, no matter what shape they are in:

Dry hair: Shampoo with a moisturizing treatment, such as Infusium Moisture Replenisher Shampoo. Add a drop of the gentle shampoo, rinse and reapply treatment until hair is noticeably soft. In order to lock in the moisture, leave hair wrapped in a shower cap overnight and wake up to silky smooth hair.

Frizzy hair: In order to tame frizzy hair, it's necessary to reapply a leave-in-conditioner at least three to five times a day for two days. Maintaining consistency with this treatment will help re-balance hair and control frizz. To keep hair frizz-free and stylish, gently work a finishing cream -- like Living Proof No Frizz Straight Styling Cream -- into damp or dry locks.

Brassy hair: It's best to use a shampoo specifically for color-treated hair that contains natural pigments to match hair. Look for one with a blue/violet booster added to cut brass, like Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo.


Green or chlorine damaged blonde: Chelating shampoos can cut the green color (try Brocato Peppermint Scrub Purifying Shampoo). Chlorine damages hair, therefore it needs extra protein and a moisture balancing treatment. Slather a conditioner like John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone-Restoring Conditioner on to the hair; for better absorption, cover it with a shower cap and blast your head with a hairdryer for five minutes. Rinse and repeat this treatment two more times for best results.

Limp, lifeless locks: Cleanse hair and scalp well, apply a strong, protein-based shampoo such as Nexxus Diametress Luscious Volumizing Shampoo. The protein will increase tensile strength and give hair added shine and luster.

Breakage from too many tight ponytails or braids: Be nice to your hair! Cool it with the too-tight ponytails (especially while sleeping -- wear hair in a loose ponytail at the nap of the neck in bed, and click through the below gallery for the right way to create a ponytail), cut your dead ends off and be sure to fortify your strands with a moisturizing, protein-packed hair treatment. Try Biosilk Silk Therapy or Brocato Constructor Deep Repair Treatment.


If you want a good home-made remedy for your tired tresses, Brocato recommends avocados!

First, take ripe (not black) avocados, mix them with sweet almond oil and a little hair conditioner. Smear this on clean damp hair. Cover and allow to soak in for at least 30 minutes. Rinse for three minutes with the coldest water you can tolerate and comb out tangles with a large tooth comb and towel dry. Then, apply a scalp tonic such as Brocato Peppermint Scrub Fresh Hair & Scalp Leave-In Tonic to invigorate the scalp. Let the hair dry naturally and there you have it – fresh vibrant hair!

When all else fails, sometimes a good pair of scissors is the best treatment for damaged hair that's beyond repair. "When your hair will not shine or glow and it refuses to hold a style," Brocato says, "in spite of your best efforts to treat and condition, sometimes you simply have to cut and run!"

When you're done giving your hair some much-needed TLC, be sure to check out these simple hairstyles for those end-of-the-summer outdoor parties!