Summer Hair Tips – to keep your locks looking shiny and healthy!
We love that wonderful feeling when we finally get away on holiday – a week or two of warm sunshine and cooling swims in the pool.
But, while it’s the perfect stress-busting way to relax and unwind, it’s not always the best for our hair. The sun, sea, and wind can all dull and damage the strands, and nobody’s got time for tangled, knotty hair on holiday! Don’t even get us started on the effects of chlorine on our fabulous blonde highlights, either!
But help is at hand. Kerry Capewell, who heads up the colour advice helpline for naturally-better haircare brand, Naturtint, shares its top tips for healthy, glossy summer hair.
“Adopt your summer haircare routine before you go away,” she advises, ‘that way, your hair is in great condition ahead of the game.
“it’s also a good idea to have a pre-holiday trim, so your hair is free from split ends, so you won’t be adding more damage to already weakened strands.
“And, if you are addicted to swimming, try to shower before you get in. Yes, really! Your hair naturally absorbs water, so when swimming in chlorine or salt water, your hair will suffer the drying out consequences. So, the more your hair absorbs the fresh water, the less salt and chlorine can get in.”
If you’re lucky enough to be travelling abroad, you’ll want something easy to pack and carry – and that’s where a shampoo bar comes into its own. They are more environmentally friendly and can be packed into your baggage with no fears of leaks or 100ml limits.
Kerry also suggested more ways to help keep your hair looking fabulous all summer long –
LOOK FOR EXTRA MOISTURISING SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONERS
You can swap your usual shampoo and conditioner for more moisturising ones designed specifically to help repair and protect your hair from the damaging sunshine and constant exposure to swimming pool chemicals.
Try: Naturtint Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Hair Mask £8.99
LOOK FOR PRODUCTS WITH UV PROTECTION
It’s not just your skin that needs protection from the damaging effects of UV rays. Constant exposure to the sun weakens the protein structure of your hair and draws out moisture, which can lead to reduced elasticity and more breakage.
Sun damage can appear as dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning and frizziness, and also of course, the dreaded discolouration and fade.
Try: Naturtint Anti-Ageing CC Cream £8.99
ADD IN A WEEKLY DEEP CONDITIONING MASK
Your hair gets thirsty in the summer heat, just like you do! So, treat it to a weekly hydration boost to help return the moisture and boost its condition. Look for one that gives your hair the nourishment it craves and helps repair the first signs of split ends and damage. And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated at the same time.
Try: Naturtint Hair Food Chia Protective Mask £7.49
PROTECT YOUR COLOUR
Look for products that are specifically formulated to prevent colour fade. They will help to protect your hair from the sun’s damaging effect and help keep your gorgeous colour from dulling. And always rinse with cool water. Hot water is drying and can fade the colour, but cool water not only protects it can help make your hair shine. If you have blonde or grey hair, search for products containing blue or purple pigments, which help to balance out unwanted yellow or orange tones. No one needs brassy hair as their holiday souvenir.
Now is a good time to invest in one of those super cool floppy sunhats too – or a fabulously gorgeous floaty scarf to help protect from the sun and windy days!
Try: Naturtint Colour-Protect Shampoo and Conditioner £8.99
Look for a 2-in1 shampoo and conditioner bar, which will save you space in your suitcase as well as being kinder to the planet with no plastic waste.
Try: Naturtint Nourishing 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner Bar £12.99
Naturtint Nourishing Shampoo £8.99 contains carefully selected ingredients that deeply nourish and repair, restoring softness and shine.
Hydrolysed Wheat Proteins – penetrate deeply into the hair fibre, repairing and restructuring the delicate keratin, reducing breakage. Hair looks and feels healthier and rehydrated.
Organic Orange & Lemon Fruit Waters – help to reduce split ends.
Organic Grape Fruit Water – antioxidant.
Naturally-derived cleansers – gentle cleansing from coconut and sunflower oil extracts respects and helps rebuild the natural, protective layer of the scalp.