Hydrate your thirsty summer-fried hair with these 5 leave-in treatments


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Summer is wonderful for many reasons, but the havoc it wreaks on your hair is definitely not one of them. Sun, sand, surf, chlorine, humidity all work together to leave your hair fried and dried.

Autumn is coming and your hair should not be the same texture as the bales of hay strewn about the farm where you’ll be picking your pumpkins, nor should tumbleweeds of broken strands be clogging up your drain or rolling around your house.

The easiest way to start putting some moisture and strength back into those parched strands is to incorporate a leave-in treatment that conditions and fortifies your poor, neglected coif. The best part is that you won’t have to worry about rinsing or fussing with a thousand lotions and potions in the shower. Trust us, your hair will definitely thank you.


Classic conditioners


Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave-in Conditioner


$10.99 for 16 oz. at Walgreens

A little bit really does go a long way, so it’s also a fantastic bargain. Start with a tiny bit and adjust accordingly. Shea butter, the backbone of Shea Moisture’s products, is in full moisturizing effect here, as is Jamaican black castor oil, while keratin will help strengthen brittle hair. Add invigorating peppermint extract, hydrating macadamia oil, nourishing coconut, healing aloe and hydrolyzed rice and wheat proteins, and your hair will be autumn-ready in no time flat. This intensely hydrating treatment is best for those with thicker hair, and yes, you can use it on color-treated hair. It does a beautiful job of keeping frizz at bay, so it’s also great if you’re a wash-and-go type.


Miss Jessie’s Leave-in Condish


$11 for 8 oz. at Target

Miss Jessie’s is the authority on treating curly hair with love and respect, and this moisturizing wonder is no exception. This lotion has lots of unique ingredients that fortify and nourish hair, such as aloe along with antioxidant spirulina extract, which helps promote hair growth, and soybean seed extract, which moisturizes and protects against damage. It also contains pumpkin seed extract, which also promotes hair growth. Use this, and you’ll have bouncy, hydrated, glossy curls that will continue to grow in stronger and longer.


Strand-saving sprays


Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Leave-in Conditioner


$11 for 8 oz. at Target

This spray makes it easy to hit your hair with extra moisture. Just spritz and go! It also makes quick work of knots, allowing that wide-toothed comb to glide through hair, and it infuses strands with a plethora of botanical ingredients, including the namesake Tiare flower extract, which, when combined with coprah coconut oil, creates a hydrating, strengthening powerhouse. Meanwhile, soothing aloe helps repair damaged hair and sage extract promotes hair growth.


Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-in Conditioner


$20.40 for 4 oz. at Free People

Let vegan, cruelty-free hair-care brand Yarok heal your hair with this plant-powered potion. It’s a great all-purpose moisturizer. If you are a fan of natural beauty products, you will love this blend of jojoba, olive, grapeseed, apricot and primrose oils that stave off split ends and promote shine while nixing frizz. This formula also contains rosemary essential oil, which, like sage and pumpkin extracts, promotes hair growth. (Funny how all these ingredients associated with fall help hair grow. Nature is so wise.) Your purchase does more than make you look good — you’ll be helping the environment thanks to Yarok’s partnership with the Pachamama Alliance, a nonprofit organization devoted to protecting Amazon rainforests.


The one-and-done


Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment


$27 for 4 oz. at Ulta

Multitasking products are always a welcome addition, and this stuff does it all. True to its name, this lightweight cream is the key to beautiful hair that actually behaves all day every day. Living Proof takes a scientific approach to hair-care, and with this product, they’ve created two molecules that work alongside nourishing tucuma butter for better-looking hair immediately and stronger, healthier hair over time. This versatile cream is perfect for a variety of hair types and does everything from moisturize and strengthen strands to smooth fly-aways and provide volume without making hair crunchy or weird. You can even skip a wash or two because it protects hair against dirt. Seriously. Just work it through damp hair and style as usual, whether that’s air-drying or going for a sleek blow out. It may be a bit of a splurge, but with all it does for your hair, it is well worth the price. This is sure to become your new obsession.