Dubai – 40°C
Cannes – 30°C
New York – 32°C
Marrakesh – 38°C
Rome – 33°C
London – 29°C (I know right!)
Whether you are going abroad this summer, or staying put here in the sunny UK, point is – it’s HOT.
And I’m finding I am having to deal with a load more hair problems in this heat such as fluffiness, frizziness, damage, dryness, colour fade, brassiness, GREEN HAIR(!) You name it, I’ve tackled it.
So I’ve put together this post to try and answer your most common questions regarding your hair in this summer sunshine.
HOW CAN I GET RID OF FLUFFINESS/FRIZZINESS?
It’s all in the products.
I find that most people who tend to ask me this question, I will then ask them:
“What products are you using in your hair right now?” and 9 times out of 10 the answer will usually be something like this:
“Nothing usually” or “I might put a bit of oil in the ends if I’m going out or if I can remember” or “I don’t know, whatever’s rolling around in the bathroom. I think I bought it from Boots in 2006 or something”
Now some of you may be laughing and thinking, yep that sounds exactly like me, but seriously –
products, products, products!
These are going to make your hair and your life a hell of a lot easier and once you have found the right products for you, there really is no going back to your old ways.
I usually use 2 or 3 hair products in my hair at a time and I will always ensure that one of these has heat protection in it. I always put products in even if I may not be heat styling my hair, this will still make sure that my hair dries nicely naturally and with far less frizz to it.
My favourites right now are:
AVEDA Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother
I find this amazing on all hair types, even fine hair, as it’s not heavy or sticky at all. One pump does the trick and keeps humidity at bay for up to 12 hours.
I’d apply this as your first product in to the hair as it acts like a primer for the hair also.
PUREOLOGY Colour Fanatic Spray
This product literally does what it says on the tin – 21 benefits! Leave in conditioner, detangling, split end prevention, shields from environmental stresses, seals cuticles, minimises static, reduces dryness… The list goes on and on.
This really is a go to product especially when you can’t take too much stuff away with you and again, I feel like it would suit each and every hair type.
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil
I am loving this oil at the moment and especially for the price! This will definitely smooth down your locks and tame those pesky fluffy hairs, just be careful not to over do it as your hair will look weighed down and flat.
The pipette makes it easy to just pop a few drops into the palm of your hand. Distribute through mid lengths and ends, I would avoid the root area personally.
(N.B. I would apply all of these products in to damp hair. The Ordinary Oil can be applied in dry hair but very sparingly. I prefer to use it in damp hair and let it dry in.)
SHOULD I STILL BE USING HEAT ON MY HAIR?
Yes, if you would like to!
As long as you are using great hair products which contain heat protection and you are taking the best care of your hair (e.g. not straightening the same front pieces over and over again) then yes, it is completely safe to still use heat on your hair.
If you are still concerned about heat on your hair, then I would advise investing and getting the best tools possible for your hair.
My favourite tools to use are ghd.
My go to hair dryer would be the ghd Aura Professional hair dryer.
You are guaranteed a smooth and shiny finish after drying your hair with the Aura and I really feel like you don’t have to put in much effort either!
The way the dryer has been designed to push out air is different to any other hair dryer, the air is streamlined making blowdrying a doddle.
The Aura has been designed to maintain a safe and manageable heat so that you cannot damage your hair with the heat of the dryer.
My go to styler would be the ghd Platinum.
Curling, waving, smoothing, straightening, this styler can do it all and at just 185°C, ensuring your hair is kept in optimum condition.
The Platinum has been designed to be the safest and kindest styler to the hair, putting others to shame which use temperatures of up to 230°C!
So yes, with the right tools, it is absolutely safe and OK to still be heat styling your hair even in this sunshine.
SHOULD I COLOUR MY HAIR BEFORE I GO ON HOLIDAY?
In my honest opinion, absolutely not.
As we all know, hair colouring does not come cheaply and I feel like exposing your hair to the harsh sun right after colouring is just opening up a can of worms so to speak.
You might have all seen on Love Island, most of the girls colours in there started to change quite drastically. Some blondes looked like they had a salmon tinge to them and some brunettes looked like they had a khaki or copper tinge.
What actually strips hair of the artificial tones us hairstylists add into your hair is the oxygen in the air.
When we are on holiday in the sunshine, the heat of the sun actually speeds up this process of the oxygen lifting our hair colour and tone and this is why so many of us feel as though it is the sun “bleaching the hair”.
The fact that it is the oxygen in the air means that we can not do anything about colour fade! We can only take precautions to prevent it and to prolong our colours.
That being said, this is why I would not waste your money colouring your hair right before the summer or your holidays. Your blondes will not stay clean and icy and your brunettes will not stay ashy and cool.
If you can work your appointments around your summer holidays, I would seriously advise doing that and then booking in to see your stylist when you are back from your travels. This way your stylist can correct any warm tones that your hair would have thrown up in the sunshine.
If you have to get your roots coloured regularly and you would not want to go on holiday with regrowth or greys for example, just advise your colourist that you will be in a lot of sunshine and they will then perhaps steer clear of adding in any gold or red tones into your colour for that appointment.
WHAT ARE THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR NATURAL BEACHY HAIR?
Not taking your hairdryer with you on holiday? No problems, I’ve got you covered!
Here’s some of my favourite products for easy, lived in, low maintenance beach waves.
Achieve the natural beach babe look just by scrunching these into your locks and leaving to air dry.
PUREOLOGY Beach Waves Sugar Spray
KEVIN MURPHY Hair Resort Spray
OUAI Wave Spray
WHAT IS THE BEST STYLE FOR MY HAIR ON HOLIDAY?
One large braid at the back, two dutch braids, crown braid… Whatever way you choose to braid, braids are great to keep your hair out of your face and to keep you cool in the sun.
Braid your hair in the morning, keep it clean throughout the day and then let it down in the evening and hey presto! You have instant crimped waves.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MY HAIR IN THE SUN?
Just like your skin, your hair also needs some SPF protection.
PHILIP KINGSLEY Swimcap
Swimcap protects against UV damage, hair discoloration and dryness from chlorine and sea water. It also keeps your hair moisturised and hydrated.
Most importantly this product will prevent your hair from turning GREEN! (FYI blonde hair can turn green with chlorine water)
Is there anything this product can’t do? It is definitely a holiday must.
AVEDA Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
This lightweight UV defence mist protects against sun exposure for up to 16 hours!
It minimises colour fading, damage and dryness.
SACHAJUAN Hair In The Sun
Hair In The Sun is literally like sun cream for your hair, providing a long lasting UV filter.
This product also provides a slight bit of hold, so it also doubles up as a styling product for your locks.
Slick your wispy hairs back into a sleek ponytail or bun with this one.
Apply any of these 3 into your mane whilst your soaking up the rays and further protect your hair and scalp by wearing a head scarf or turban.
This is a firm favourite of mine
HOW CAN I STOP MY HAIR FROM FEELING SO DRY IN THE SUN?
It’s all about the home care on this one.
And by that I mean how you are maintaining your hair, what you are using to wash and condition your hair with.
I suffer from dry and brittle hair myself and I know a huge difference is made by my shampoo and conditioner.
If you don’t normally experience your hair feeling dry and brittle, maybe just in the summer sunshine, I would still consider swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner for a great quality moisturising range even just whilst you are in the sun.
I would also recommend washing your hair maybe more often than you usually would.
Our hair is feeling dry due to the lack of moisture in there and the main thing we can do to replace this moisture would be to wash it often with amazing home care.
Here are some of my favourites:
SACHAJUAN Moisturising Shampoo
SACHAJUAN Moisturising Conditioner
KEVIN MURPHY Hydrate Me Wash
KEVIN MURPHY Hydrate Me Rinse
PUREOLOGY Hydrate Shampoo & Condition Duo
HOW DO I STOP MY HAIR GOING BRASSY IN THE SUN?
If there is ONE product I could recommend to you to prevent your locks from turning brassy then it would be this:
IGK HAIR Mixed Feelings Cooling Blonde Mixing Drops
These amazing little toning drops can be added into any of your favourite leave in conditioners or products! Just mix together in the palms of your hands with your chosen product.
Mixed Feelings can be used on both blonde and brunette hair to keep brassiness at bay.
1-2 drops for light blonde shades, 3-4 drops for medium blonde shades and 4-5 drops for darker brunette shades.
I find these drops perfect for summer months because you can just add them into your routine accordingly, without having to buy a new toning shampoo, conditioner etc. etc.
So there you have it!
Comment below and let me know if you have any more questions or concerns about your hair in the holiday heat.
*N.B. Please note that ALL of the products listed and recommended in this post are cruelty free! Yippee!
And to finish, here is a picture of Emma Connolly.
We may not all look like her on the beach with our amazing hair and our coconut…
But we can at least try! (With the hair part anyway)