When life is extra hot, hair is usually thrown in a topknot and left to its own devices. Unlike skincare, people often aren’t sure how to look after their hair in the sun. UV rays, dehydration, air con and travel can all impact on the health of your hair and can leave it feeling dry, or the humidity can intensify the frizz.
What can we do about it?
To eliminate the impact heat can have on hair you need to begin packing moisture into the hair before the sun arrives. This can be in the form of weekly hair masks, such as Oribe Masque for Beautiful Hair which has colour-protecting UV filters, or, adding on an intense moisture treatment when you’re in the salon. One that we highly recommend is the Renewal Remedies, also by Oribe. This is a much more intense treatment containing UV protection and can be made bespoke, depending on your hair type. However, if you’re keen to abolish the frizz completely then our Keratin Smoothing treatment, which seals the hair cuticle with a coating of protein to eliminate frizz and adds softness and shine, is your summer friend. It reduces the time it takes to blow-dry hair, or the need to blow-dry at all, and depending on hair type, can last three to five months, if the supporting home haircare products are used. It’s the ultimate treat for you hair.
On holiday, there are a few tricks you can do to prevent your hair becoming weak in the salt and chlorine water.
- Rinse your hair before and after swimming. The natural water will fill any porous aspects of the cuticle before salt or chlorine water get the chance.
- Invest in a UV spray for your hair and similar to skincare, apply regularly.
- Wear a hat.
- Reduce the use of heated appliances. This is where the Keratin Smoothing Treatment comes into play.
It is also important that you protect your colour while in extreme weather and especially if spending more time in the pool. You can do this by investing in Goldwell’s Dualsenses Sun Reflects UV Spray. It instantly protects hair from the influences of sun, pool and seawater and from colour fading due to UV rays. It prevents moisture loss and re-balances the moisture level. There has been a shift in booking colour appointments for when a client returns from holiday. This allows us to professionally treat colour which has either faded in the sun, or lightened if your hair is blonde. It might just take a toner to rejuvenate colour but by treating your hair with the same level of respect as your skincare regime, summer and holidays shouldn’t cause any damage, and your hair can continue to be manageable (and on trend) during this time.
When it comes to cutting hair, regular appointments encourage growth and good health. Booking in for a restyle or trim before your holiday is a good idea but equally once you return as this allows us to treat any damage to the ends. Please always remember though, prevention is better than cure. With this in mind, I highly recommend the Oribe Alchemy which builds hair from the inside out. It reinforces and strengthens fragile hair, hydrates strands and locks in moisture. If the scent of summer could be bottled as a haircare product, this would be it. The floral blend of daisy and honeysuckle extracts help to reveal hair’s supernatural strength.