Time spent in the sun and constantly dipping in and out of the pool could leave your hair dry and damaged. Even if you’re hair isn’t coloured and is in good condition UV rays and chemicals could leave it feeling coarse and dry and looking dull. With a bit of prep and a few expert tricks though you can keep your hair in great condition all summer long.
- Wet your hair in the poolside shower before swimming, so your hair soaks up less pool water.
- Use a protective product, leave-in conditioner or even coconut oil to keep the hair cuticles healthy and give it a bit of a waterproof coating.
- Rinse your hair straight after swimming.
Keep it covered
It isn’t just your skin that can burn. “The suns rays are very strong and can burn your hair, just like they can your skin,” says Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “While you may not feel it happening, protection is just as important. Your scalp, especially along your parting or where your hair is thin, can also burn. Wear a hat, but also use a sun protection spray on your hair and a layer of a water-resistant cream or sun block down your parting.”
Always shampoo your hair thoroughly at the end of a day on the beach or by the pool to wash away any chemicals. A clarifying shampoo will give a deep-down clean getting rid of any product residue – even water resistant products.
Using an intensive conditioner is really important too. “I always recommend using a hydrating hair mask during a summer holiday,” explains Anabel. “UV rays, salt water and chlorinated water can weaken your hair’s protein structure. This makes strands drier, less elastic, less manageable and easily broken. Using a weekly mask increases the hair’s moisture content, improves elasticity as well as smoothing the cuticles to restore shine.”
Your holiday hair kit
A lightweight spray that contains a combination of broad-spectrum sunscreens. It dries quickly without feeling greasy and the price is pretty great too.
Philip Kingsley Swimcap, £15/75ml
Great for regular swimmers, this water-resistant cream protects your hair from chlorine, salt water and UV rays. Apply to damp hair, leave in and then remove when needed by washing with your usual shampoo.
TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish Deep Cleansing Shampoo, £1.50/100ml
Gently removes any leftover product residue and hydrates to hair leaving behind soft and squeaky clean locks.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Coconut Breeze, £19.50/75ml
Originally created for Audrey Hepburn, there’s a reason Elasticizer has a cult status around the world. This deep conditioner works as a pre-shampoo treatment, which you apply before washing and conditioning. It hydrates and leaves hair gorgeously bouncy.
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil, £6.10/50ml
The list of things this oil does is long and includes detangling, adding shine and controlling flyaway strands. It also nourishes the hair with marula oil and promises to control frizz for an impressive 72 whopping hours!
When you get home…
Naturtint Colour Fixing Protective Conditioner, £7.99/150ml
Promising to strengthen and condition dry damaged hair, as well as helping prolong your colour, we were really impressed with this regular use conditioner. It’s formulated with natural organic plant and seed oils and extracts, which left our fine hair soft, silky and bouncy too.
Lee Stafford Tone Correcting Conditioning Spray, £8.99/150ml
Blonde, grey and white hair can take on a yellow tone when exposed to the sun or regular swimming. We love this violet-pigmented spray. Simply spritz onto damp hair every other wash and style as normal. Not only does it neutralise yellow, it also conditions and adds shine.
If you have curly or Afro hair that’s feeling parched this is the haircare essential for you. Containing six precious flower oils to nourish, soften and define curls, this thick leave-in balm is perfect for dry hair types.
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