The phrase “summer hair” conjures up images of sun-kissed highlights and windblown waves. In reality, it usually takes the form of a greasy scalp and dry ends. Well, trust us when we say that a good mask can help immensely. But before you go out and spend a small fortune on a fancy treatment, consider these five drugstore finds that are as effective as they are affordable.
IF YOU HAVE FRIZZ, TRY: AUSSIE 3 MINUTE MIRACLE SMOOTH
It’s time to bring back the purple bottle, y’all. Loaded with aloe and jojoba oil, this OG conditioner infuses each strand with tons of moisture, creating a shield against heat and humidity. The nostalgic scent it leaves behind is just an added bonus.
IF YOU HAVE A GREASY SCALP, TRY: L’ORÉAL PARIS EXTRAORDINARY CLAY MASK
Calling all ladies with limp, oily roots: Let us introduce you to the pre-shampoo treatment. When massaged into dry hair, this mask absorbs extra grime from your scalp so you get the deepest clean possible (and more volume and time between blowouts).
IF YOU HAVE BRITTLE HAIR, TRY: SHEA MOISTURE BAMBOO & MACA ROOT PROTEIN MASQUE
Prone to split ends and breakage? You need protein—full stop. This creamy concoction has it in spades, plus shea butter to soften straw-like strands while reinforcing them. Use it twice weekly in the shower to make your hair more resilient.
IF YOUR COLOR IS FADING, TRY: GARNIER WHOLE BLENDS COLOR CARE MASK
Use this mask before (and after) spending a full day in the sun to keep your color bright all summer long. With hydrating argan oil and potent antioxidants like cranberry extract in the formula, it makes your hair look brighter and prevents fading.
IF YOUR HAIR IS DULL, TRY: NEXXUS EMERGENCEE RECONSTRUCTIVE TREATMENT
Fact: The healthier your hair is, the more it will shine. To get your mane to fighting condition, it needs more moisture, more protein and more elasticity. That’s a tall order, but this supercharged formula delivers on all fronts. Use it as a pre-shampoo treatment no more than once a week to rehab dehydrated strands back to shiny perfection.