When summer arrives, we try to use as little heat on our hair as possible. Not only can long days under the sun be drying and damaging to hair, who wants to blow dry when it’s 30 degrees out?! Instead, we rely on conditioning products to add moisture and shape to our tresses for that undone, effortless (but never messy) style. We’ve rounded up our favourite hair-care products, including some recently released items we’re excited to try this summer. —Lyndi Barrett
Kérastase has just launched its latest collection, Curl Manifesto, to help reduce frizz, preserve curl definition and protect hair to up to 80 per cent humidity. The Crème De Jour Fondamentale is our new favourite leave-in conditioner that provides intense hydration and heat protection and comes infused with manuka honey and ceramide, suitable for all types of curly hair. The warm floral fragrance is created from the petals of tuberoses, frangipani, jasmine and white musk—a blend that smells delicious and will create beautiful curls with a healthy bounce!
Created by Youtube superstar Mindy McKnight, Hairitage has quickly became a VITA team favourite! Launched in Canada earlier this year, and available at Walmart, this affordable and effective collection is a must try. We love the conditioning products, especially the Tame The Mane Smoothing Conditioner. It’s formulated with jojoba, murumuru butter and avocado oil, which provides a deep conditioning treatment for smooth, shiny and frizz-free hair.
Vancouver’s AG Hair recently launched a salt spray that’s different due to what’s NOT in it. Many salt sprays are made with sodium chloride, a.k.a. table salt. This is super drying for hair. AG uses potassium chloride extracted from the ocean, which is much more gentle and not damaging. It also features the brand’s Sea Complex: an infusion of three naturally texturizing and clarifying seaweed extracts along with nourishing seaberry oil. This no-fuss, easy-to-use spray will enhance hair’s natural texture and give you that fresh-from-the-beach style.
Shampoo soap bars have gained popularity because of their reduced environmental footprint. They’re also super convenient for space saving and travel! This Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar by Salt Spring Soap Works is created with essential oils and organic botanicals to create the perfect puck of shampoo. It gently cleans, nourishes and strengthens hair, is made with 100 per cent natural ingredients and is free from any gluten, parabens, preservatives, silicone and sulfates. It’s also vegan-friendly and totally biodegradable.
Biolage’s All-In-One multi benefit spray infused with coconut is the perfect leave-in conditioner that can be applied to wet or dry hair. No matter your texture, this multi-tasking spray will help enhance shine, combat frizz and detangle. It’s a vegan formula and free from sulphates, parabens and any artificial colours. It’s super lightweight and ideal to throw in your beach bag to use after a day in the sea and sunshine.
To combat dry and flaky skin, The Body Shop Ginger Scalp Care collection is a natural go-to. It comes in a shampoo and a conditioner that help control dandruff and soothe your scalp. Made with ginger essential oils from Sri Lanka, the range is infused with birch bark, white willow extracts and Community Fair Trade organic aloe. All these ingredients combined will help cool and calm your head—not to mention, the ginger scent will make your shower smells so good!