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Don’t let the sun ruin your hair

We tend to love the sun, but our hair really doesn’t. We’re looking forward to warmer weather and holidays in the sun (fingers crossed) and hope you are too, says salon director Raymond Bottone. But in the excitement of planning to get away post-lockdown, don’t forget to step up your summer hair care routine.

Why those rays will wreck your hair

“The sun will very quickly alter the hair structure, making it weaker, much drier and far more prone to breakage and split ends as it becomes less elastic”, explains Raymond. “And just as the sun can burn our skin, it can also burn our hair – but we don’t think about it because we can’t feel it in the same way.”

Coloured hair will fade in the sun, while hair that isn’t coloured may become lighter – but this is just another sign that your hair is being damaged by UV rays, so try not to be tempted by the idea of ‘natural highlights’. Professional colour is far kinder to your tresses.

Don’t forget your scalp

And, of course, says Raymond, the sun can burn the skin on our scalp, leaving it sore and red just like the skin on the rest of our body.

Raymond advises wearing a hat to protect your scalp if you can. If you have thinning hair or a receding hairline, then remember to apply your sunscreen over the exposed part of your head and along your parting line.

It’s not all bad…

More sun means more vitamin D is absorbed by the skin, which is good for us and can give our hair cells a healthy boost. Plus, sunny weather and a relaxing break are good for de-stressing, contributing to healthier hair.

How to protect and care for your hair in summer

Here’s Raymond a seven-point plan for sun-national summer hair:

  1. Switch to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for the summer months. Pop in or call to ask us for advice on which products will be best for your hair.
  2. If your icy blonde looks a little ‘brassy’ after being in the sun, purple shampoo can help neutralise those yellow tones. Ask your stylist for their advice if you’re unsure – we love to help.
  3. In the same way, as you apply sunscreen to protect your skin from damaging UV rays, use a sun protector for your hair. “I like CeraVe AM Facial Moisturiser with SPF 25 as it doesn’t block your pores, saving you from blocked follicles (acne) adds Raymond Bottone.
  4. Hats are underrated! When out in the sun, wear a hat or scarf – it’s a simple but very effective way to protect your hair.
  5. Book in for a regular cut or trim during the summer – it’s the best way to banish those dry and split ends.
  6. Deep conditioning treatments are king when it comes to summer hair. Treat yourself to an in-salon professional hydrating and repairing treatment – your stylist will recommend the right one for your hair. They will also advise you on which home-use self-care treatments will be best for you.
  7. Finally, it’s essential to go easy on heated styling tools in the summer, says Raymond. Try turning the temperature down a notch or two and using a thermal protectant. And, when you can, air-dry your hair naturally after washing if possible. Holiday hair

Coming soon: look out for our tips and advice blog in JULY when we’ll be taking an in-depth look at holiday hair and how to combat the effects of sun, sea, and chlorine.

Plan ahead: book your pre-hols consultation today

Would you like expert advice on hair protection and holiday colour and styles? Call now to book a consultation or ask about our home and holiday use retail products: 01277 263060

Remember: book your pre-holiday colour appointment for three to four weeks before you go away and reserve a slot when you return. Let your stylist know you’re going away so they can make any necessary adjustments to the treatment and recommend suitable products to keep your holiday hair in tip-top condition while you’re soaking up the sun.

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