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Ready, Set, Reverse! 9 Fixes for Summer Beauty Damage

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Hair Repair

Messy braids and wide head scarves masked the damage your hair suffered from the pool, the ocean, and workouts under the sun. Hair and scalp expert Philip B and celebrity colorist Marie Robinson, along with Dr. Fusco, tell you how to whip your locks into shape.

Sunburned Scalp

If your scalp is itchy and flaky, chances are it's burned, especially along your part. "Use a hair mask once a week; it's more concentrated than regular conditioner," Dr. Fusco says. Our go-to: Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Deep Nourishing Treatment Mask ($5, drugstores). "Apply it all over your scalp after you shampoo, using the balls of your fingers," she says. "Comb it through with a wide-tooth comb, put on a shower cap, then heat it up with a blow-dryer for a minute to help your hair absorb the moisturizing ingredients better."

Dandruff and Brittle Texture

"Before you shampoo, use a boar bristle brush to move oil off your scalp and loosen dead skin cells," Philip B says. Then apply a hair-oil treatment. "Your natural oils will combine with the treatment and heal your hair with intense moisture," he explains. Plus, oil will swell and elongate the hair shaft, infusing spring and shine back into your strands and making your hair look younger. Our pick: Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine ($40, for salons). Massage it into dry hair in sections, working downward. Wait a few minutes, then wash with a peppermint oil shampoo, like Philip B Peppermint & Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo ($28,, which will soothe your scalp. Shampoo again with an antiflake formula, such as Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Shampoo ($7, drugstores), and finish with a lightweight conditioner. If your flakes don't clear up after a week or two, see a derm.

Dead Ends

"Chlorine bleaches your hair and salt water dries it out, so after a summer spent in the pool and the ocean, strands look fried," Philip B says. Get a trim, then once a week use an oil treatment, like Wella Professionals Oil Reflections ($40, for salons), which contains replenishing avocado and macadamia oils and vitamin E.

Brassy Color

Buttery blond highlights from the sun sound dreamy, but the reality is that rays tend to make hair look orange. "Wash with a violet-based shampoo to tone down brassiness," Marie Robinson suggests. Try Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Platinum Blonde Shampoo ($13, for salons).

Green Tint

Laps in the pool sculpted your arms, but if you're a blonde, the chlorine may have deposited minerals on your strands and left your hair looking green. Try an at-home mineral-deposit removal treatment, like Malibu C Swimmers Natural Wellness Treatment ($4,

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2013.


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