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Can your hair stand the heat?
Life is good in the summertime, but not for our hair. The heat from the sun strips our locks of colour, shine and hydration, plus we battle UV rays, follicle-frizzing humidity and moisture-zapping water - all of which can really parch our strands.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Here’s how to keep your hair as happy as you are all summer long:
For the summer lovers among us, nothing is better than feeling the warmth of the sun on your back or going for a refreshing dip in the sea. Sadly, our tresses don’t share our enthusiasm for the hot season. The harsh combination of sun, saltwater and chlorine does more than just dry out our mane - it can cause real damage, too. To give your hair a chance to make it through summer unscathed, and rinse it with fresh water before swimming. Hair absorbs the first thing it comes in contact with, so jumping straight into chlorinated or salty water will only cause it to retain the salt and chemicals. If you want to up the ante, use an oil spray before diving in to protect your hair from dehydration.
We recommend: Schwarzkopf Extra Care Hair Care Ultimate Repair Gloss Treatment, Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, Muk Haircare Argan Oil Repair Shine Spray, Kevin Murphy Young Again Immortelle Infused Treatment Oil
bh tip: Swimming in pools often? Alternate between using a specialist shampoo like the Kiehl’s All Sport Swimmer’s Cleansing Rinse for Hair and Body to break down the chlorine, and a hydrating duo like Aveeno Nourish + Moisturise Shampoo and Conditioner.
Dryness is the mane problem (pardon the pun) that crops up in the summer months. It’s a result of heat, styling, and those long days spent on the sand or by the pool. Crunchy, dry hair is a telltale sign of neglect, so treat your locks to the moisture they so desperately crave! Put back what’s been taken out with the help an intense hydrating mask at least once a week.
We recommend: Awe Cosmeceuticals rasadana Hydrating Mask, Hello Hair Hydrating Mask Island Escape, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Rinse-Off Treatment, Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask
FIGHT THE FRIZZ
Do you swear your strands are more frizzier now than they were at the start of summer? With all that moisture in the air, hair is bound to turn into a frizzball. Even if you don’t normally fall victim to frizz, any type of damage (from sun, colouring or heat styling) roughens the hair cuticles and causes them to swell. Combat unruly hair with a smoothing serum that will restructure and prevent the absorption of humidity in the air.
We recommend: La Biosthetique Anti-Frizz Serum, Clairol Professional Satin Anti-Frizz Serum, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects + Serum, Sunsilk Co-creations Frizz & Weather Defence Protection & Shine Serum, Herbal Essence None Of Your Frizzness Smoothing Serum
How will you care for your hair this summer?
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