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It’s official: holidays can be a bit of a hazard for coloured hair. While you’re enjoying the sun, sea and sand, your hair colour could be silently suffering…
“Coloured hair can fade, turn extremely dry in the heat, and it can go green if you spend too much time in the pool,” says Andria Kaisharis, colour director at Fowler35.
It’s often hard to see the extent of the damage to your hair colour until you’re back home to reality. Take some advice from the pros and arm yourself with the right holiday haircare - and a giant sun hat - to protect your hair colour. Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to colour-treated hair on vacation.
Whatever your destination or itinerary, we’ve sussed out the solutions for your holiday haircare. Our pro reveals the tips to take care of coloured hair away from home. Plus, don’t fly without these SOS sun-friendly products you need to pack in your suitcase…
Holiday haircare SOS:
“I would recommend getting a bespoke colour conditioning treatment from your colourist to take away with you on holiday. Use this every third day and leave on for 15-20 minutes to keep your colour looking fresh,” Andria suggests. “I also love the new Kérastase Blond Absolu range - a summer must-have for blondes who want to keep their colour looking its best.”
Each hair colour will vary in what it needs more of but more often than not, you’ll need extra moisture particularly for maintaining blonde hair colours.
Haircare Hero: L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Shimmering Oil is an ideal multi-tasker for suitcases if you’re short on space. Use it on both hair and body for gleaming skin and holiday hair.
Holiday haircare SOS: We get it, you’re a water baby but don’t want to wear a swim cap. Always try and use the poolside shower whenever you get out of the water to rinse out any chlorine residue from your hair. And once you’ve hit the bath/shower in your hotel room? “A nourishing shampoo that removes chlorine build-up is perfect for people who have spent all day in the pool,” advises Andria.
Holiday Haircare HERO: L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime Shampoo – lather on to gently remove salt and chlorine build-up after a pool day. The nourishing formulation also counteracts the drying effects of the sun’s rays.
Holiday haircare SOS: The sun can break down your hair fibre, leaving it looking hair looking frizzy and feeling uber-dry. Try and embrace your natural texture as much as possible and avoid using heated tools on holiday, which will dry out coloured hair even further. Enhance beachy waves – without the tongs - using L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Beach Waves. Spray onto dry or damp hair and work in with your fingers.
Haircare Hero: Redken Frizz Dismiss range will help smooth out hair in humid holiday conditions. Try the Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist, a leave-in treatment that you can just spray in (and go) before cocktail hour.
Holiday haircare SOS: The short answer is, yes. But not in the same way that, say, your face needs it. Look for a haircare range with invisible protection that guards against the sun and its damaging rays. Andria recommends:
“The Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Hair Oil is a hair saver because it provides all day UV protection without weighing down your hair type, no matter how fine.”
Haircare Hero: L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime Spray, like an SPF spray for coloured hair, this gives you instant conditioning protection. Spritz on to damp or dry hair before sun exposure.
Holiday haircare SOS:
“Post-holiday, conditioning is absolutely key so you inject as much moisture into your coloured hair as possible,” advises Andria. “I love using Kérastase Nutritive Crème Magistrale - it’s one of the best conditioning balms out there for severely dried out hair.”
Haircare Hero: Pureology Hydrate Superfood Mask will help dehydrated hair get its shine back. Just leave on for five minutes to quench thirsty colour-treated hair.
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