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8 Summer Haircare Tips To Survive Heatwaves And Holidays
1. Start Fresh
In summer, the ends of your hair might not be at their healthiest thanks to that extra injection of heat. The easy shortcut to sun-dried split ends and dehydrated tips is a fresh haircut. Even taking a couple of inches off will instantly feel like a new head of hair. If you want something more drastic than a trim, seek a consultation with your stylist for some inspiration and advice.
2. Cover Up
It sounds simple, but even covering your hair with a hat or headscarf will help protect your hair in the heat. But if you prefer to wear it loose, use a protective product to preserve the colour and condition. Just like you would on your skin, always use a protective product on your hair during summer, especially those of you with coloured locks. One of our faves is the Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX Color 10 in 1 Spray – it’s essential to protect against fade and brassiness.
3. Get Loose
Forget about super-tight hairstyles that can add extra strain to your strands and go loose and relaxed for summer instead. A messy braid, loose ponytail, or relaxed topknot will do the trick when it comes to keeping your hair off your face without pulling or tearing at your hair. This is especially important if your hair is dry and vulnerable. You will also lessen the amount of hair exposed to the sun’s rays by tucking them away.
4. Prep It
As warmer weather approaches, swap out your haircare range for one that’s more suited to a summer climate. The Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX range is a must for Summer-time protection. If you’re going to be swimming in a pool, prep your hair before taking the plunge. As chlorine can strip hair of its moisture. A quick fix remedy for this dilemma is to dampen your hair with water before diving in, then follow up later on by applying a hair mask after swimming to keep your hair from drying out.
5. Hair Refresher
During summer and vacations, aim to use quality hair care products less frequently. The natural oils found on your scalp are made for protecting it, so washing your hair too regularly can leave the scalp vulnerable. A like Tecni.Art Dry shampoo Fresh Dust is an ideal buffer between washes for the perfect faux-wash fix to revive lacklustre hair.
6. Heat Less
The sun is already turning up the temperature enough, so avoid the additional heat from your hairdryer and tools by your hair as much as you can. If you can’t go without your heated tools, prep your hair with the right products first, such as L’Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber Restore Leave-in for healthy, happy hair that’s protected.
7. Treat Yourself
Try using a regular deep-conditioning treatment to really boost the moisture of your hair post-summer. A hot oil rinse at your salon can also help to replenish dry hair. Hair oils are your friend - Look for masks or treatments that contain coconut, olive and avocado oils, which help to leave your hair looking smooth and shiny.
8. Overnighter TLC
If your hair is really in need of some major TLC, an overnight treatment like a leave-in conditioner or nourishing hair mask will give your hair an intense reboot. Think of it as beauty sleep for your hair. You’ll wake up to hydrated locks and luscious hair with minimum effort.
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