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Welcome to Esther Tested, where surfer and Racked SF associate editor Esther Hahn shares her best tips for fitness and beauty in the Bay.
Photo via Carol's Daughter
Summer is harsh on hair—from the California sun to the extra dose of bleach (to pretend like all you did was lounge in aforementioned sun). Now that fall is underway, it's time to restore hair back to its optimal health and shine. Other products that I've tried only masked the damage —and my hair quickly returned to a brittle state after a shampoot— but this Monoi Repairing Spray ($24) from Carol's Daughter made a visible (and touchable) difference on my over-processed hair. Best of all, I got results without applying it everyday.
The brand recommends applying the spray to clean, wet hair, (shaking the bottle before each use to combine all the ingredients). Just a few spritzes, working from the ends to the roots, will be enough to fully saturate the hair. One of the things I liked about this product is that it didn't bleed off my hair and onto my face like other oils—sparing me from breakouts. While the brand doesn't suggest doing this, I also used the spray on dry hair without any problems. (Just a little off-label tip!)
I saw some results immediately, but the real change in my hair's health took about two weeks of applications. I noticed the difference when I heat styled my hair and didn't hear crackling or feel frizz, (which is a major victory for my saltwater mop). Now my hair is prepped and ready for its next round of color, but —in the spirit of the cooler days ahead— I plan to lay off the bleach for a while.
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