A DIY summer-proof hair mask from S.W. Basics

(Photo: Adina Grigore)
(Photo: Adina Grigore)

Days spent at the beach—whether you’re sunning on a towel or squatting at boot camp—can really fry your hair.

But S.W. Basics founder Adina Grigore can help you prevent dried-out locks and split ends, with this hydrating DIY hair mask.

Grigore is a natural beauty formulation genius, and her simple, effective products, capped at five wholesome ingredients each, are beloved by wellness mavens from her ‘hood in Greenpoint, Brooklyn those with media companies (i.e.: Gwyneth Paltrow).

Follow her lead and apply this super easy hair mask before you head out into the sunshine, so you don’t end up running to the salon later to reverse the damage. —Jamie McKillop

Step 1: Dilute some raw, organic apple cider vinegar and soak your hair in it. Go for a four-parts water to one-part vinegar mixture. Mix it with warm water. You’re not going to smell great but, hey, you’re a trendsetter. Because I’ve got more bottles of S.W. Basics Toner lying around than I know what to do with, I actually use it instead of apple cider vinegar. (Witch hazel is great for your scalp, too!)

Step 2: Hair is just like skin—it’s almost impossible to over-moisturize. Sun damage occurs because UV rays can damage the proteins that keep hair bright and strong. This is especially true for lighter, thinner hair. Oiling can help protect it, and warm oils soak into the hair cuticle more efficiently—another reason to start a treatment before you go get some sunshine. Slather on some coconut, sesame, or olive oil. Here again, I like to use S.W. Basics Makeup Remover, which is a light blend of olive oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil. Triple moisture power. I don’t play.

Step 3: Twist your hair up in a bun or clip it, or do whatever makes you feel foxy, and go lay out! You may need to shampoo a couple of times to get the mixture out (for shampoos, I’m loving Acure, Burt’s Bees Baobab, or Aubrey Organics Green Tea right now), but you can skip the conditioner!

For more information, visit www.swbasicsofbk.com

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