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Sun-kissed, not sun-stressed, holiday hair

Sun, sea, sand… after the past two years of lockdowns and travel restrictions, this sounds like bliss, says our Master Colour Expert Shelby, but if you’re planning a holiday, don’t forget to factor in a hair care plan too. You may love the sun, but your hair most definitely won’t.

First things first…

Shelby says that ensuring your hair looks beach-babe tousled, sun-kissed and effortlessly cool takes planning.

Start with a pre-holiday trim and professional conditioning treatment for healthy, strong strands ready to fend off the onslaught of hot sunshine, salty sea water and chlorinated pools.

Avoid sun-stressed locks

“Hair becomes weaker, drier and far more prone to breakage and split ends when exposed to the sun. This is because the sun’s rays quickly alter the structure of the hair,” explains Shelby.

To avoid sun-stressed locks, apply a high SPF product such as Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator whenever you’re in the sun. Remember, your scalp is an extension of your face, so be especially careful along your parting and where hair is thinning.

Add much-needed moisture by treating hair with intensive, nourishing shampoos and conditioners. “I like Sebastian Professional Hyrde to restore vital moisture lost from exposure to UV rays, heat and pool chemicals and create soft, healthy, shiny locks”, says Shelby. “Ask your stylist to recommend the best one for your hair type.”

Coloured hair on vacay

Coloured hair is especially vulnerable to sun, sea and chlorine.

The sun fades coloured hair. And hair that isn’t coloured may become lighter, but this is just another sign of sun damage and should be avoided, explains Shelby.

Avoid the holiday hair blues. Get organised and book your pre and post-holiday appointments now 01277 263060. That’s one more thing crossed off your holiday list!

Minimise damage from chlorine and salt

Sea water and chlorine will dry your hair (and hair extensions) and can irritate your scalp. They can also make your hair tangled and knotty.

Here are Shelby’s top tips: 

  • Wet your hair with fresh water before diving in the pool or ocean. This will mean your hair soaks up less salt or chlorine.
  • If possible, always wash and condition your hair after swimming. At the very least, take a bottle of water with you to rinse it through. And always remember to re-apply your sun protection to your hair and skin after your dip.
  • Always use a specifically formulated shampoo and conditioner to remove chlorine and hydrate stressed hair; again, Sebastian Professional Hydre is a firm favourite, and I’ll be popping it into my suitcase this summer.
  • Keep blondes looking beautiful and neutralise any green or ‘brassy’ tones caused by chlorinated pools with purple shampoo. Go easy though; too much silver shampoo can dull your blonde and sometimes change the colour. 

Give your hair a holiday

While you’re away, try to avoid heated styling tools if you can and allow your hair to dry naturally recommends Shelby.

“If you are using heated tools, apply a thermal protector product, such as Matrix Miracle Creator, which reduces the harsh drying effects of styling tools and hair dryers.

Go shopping!

Continuing the pre-holiday planning theme… get shopping!

Covering up is the quickest and easiest way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun’s damaging and drying rays. Don’t wait until you’re on holiday to buy flattering hats, tropical scarves and glitzy hair accessories ready for those poolside Insta pics.

    Book your appointments today

    Call now to book your pre-and/post-holiday appointments or for advice on the right vacation products to keep your locks sun-kissed, not sun-stressed 01277 263060.

    PS Have a fantastic holiday!

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