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As we bid farewell to summer, it is more important than ever to address that summer hair damage and get your locks back to their moisturized, no-frizz state. After all, come winter we will be facing a whole new set of hair care problems. Fixing what summer fun damaged right now is absolutely essential!

Being outside with the suns hot rays shining down on us and pool days filled with chlorine can sound quite inviting, but it’s important to remember the harm that is being done to our tresses and, even more important, you need to know how to undo it. Well-known hair stylist Nathaniel Hawkins, who is best known for working with TRESemme and assisting the contestants on the notorious television show “Project Runway,” offers his advice for how to help restore your hair.

At home treatments

There are many different treatments that you can do for your hair from your own home, without spending the high prices at a salon. And guess what — they are just as beneficial! According to Nathaniel Hawkins, you can take the most popular looks from this falls runway to your hometown’s real-way by giving yourself deep conditioning treatments right at home that will reverse hair damage in no time.

Don't forget to moisturize

Since sunshine and summer activities are widely known for stripping your beloved tresses of moisture and essential oils, it's important to replenish them for the overall health of your hair. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners are a great way to start this process. If you hair is really damaged, then it may be more beneficial for you to begin washing your hair only every other day to help restore the natural oils. Restoring the moisture in your hair that was lost during the summer months is the most important aspect in getting your hair ready for fall.

Since curly hair is notorious for not allowing our natural oils to reach our strands, be sure that you are putting an ample amount of oil in your curly locks. Try something light like rose oil if you are unfamiliar with using oils, then find heavier oils if you need them.

Condition, condition, condition!

Every time you wet your hair, whether it is after you get out of the shower, or to style it, spray it down with a lightweight leave-in conditioner. This will greatly assist in restoring moisture as well as reduce frizz and hair damage.

You can even leave in some of your conditioner from the shower. You don’t have to wash it all out. If you don’t want to spend any more on purchasing another product, use what you already have and leave some conditioner in those locks to keep them moisturized all day.

Seal the moisture

To ensure that the moisture is sealed in the hair, consider using an oil. There is the LOC method and the LCO method. Watch how Nikki applies her products using the LOC method below.

If that appears to be too much product for you hair, then consider these oils for your curl pattern:

Ideally, these hair tips would have been included in your summer hair care routine so as to prevent hair damage in the first place, so keep these in mind for next summer too. If your haircare routine fell by the wayside this summer (it happens!), it’s important to keep in mind that it is never too late for a refresher course.