How can I look after my hair whilst on holiday?
Just as you protect your skin, your hair needs dedicated protection when on holiday. Use products with UV filters to protect hair and scalp and if possible, cover up using a hat or scarf. If you colour your hair, you will find your colour will fade quicker in the sun. Some people love the sunkissed effect, but for others it only leaves their hair looking dry and washed out. If you don’t want your colour to fade, remember to cover up!
Another reason your hair becomes dry or damages on holiday is the atmosphere. After a day by the pool or on the beach either chemicals such as chlorine or salt from the sea cling to your hair and zap each strand of essential moisture. Use a shampoo, such as my Holiday Hair
Sunshine Shampoo (£1.99, 50ml), to cleanse away the residues and always follow with a moisture rich conditioner to keep your hair hydrated and shiny.
Should I colour my hair before or after my holiday?
Most people feel more confident when their hair is freshly coloured so there are no unsightly roots. However, I would make sure you have an appointment booked a couple of weeks after your hols, so as the tan fades, you can put the depth back into your hair.
How do I combat Frizz?
No one likes frizz. But in hot or humid atmospheres, it is something we are all trying to get away from. Use a smoothing product such as Get it Straight Straightening Cream (£5.99, 150ml) before drying to help smooth the frizz or flyaways and always finish your
style with a generous spritz of Sun Sea and Frizz Free Anti Humidity Spray (£5.99, 150ml) – it’s like an invisible jacket for your hair (and also gives a great shine!)
Why do I need to protect my hair from the sun?
Sun, salt, chlorine and the change in atmosphere can damage your hair and zap it of essential moisture. Like most things, prevention is better than cure, so keeping your hair protected in the sun will save months of getting it back into condition after your holiday.
How does a heat protection spray protect from harmful UV rays?
Heat Protection Spray, such as my Holiday Hair Cover Up! Heat Protection Spray (£5.99, 50ml), will only work if it has a UV filter – it’s the rays that do the
damage. You can sometimes use the heat of the sun to benefit your hair. Pop on a deep conditioning treatment such as Colour Blast Intensive Treatment Bomb (£6.49, 200ml) and enjoy a day in the sun. The heat will allow the hairs cuticles to open up fully and allow the treatment to penetrate deeper. Make sure you rinse off before jumping in the pool!
What styles work best on holiday?
Low maintenance styles work best on holiday. Pony tails are the easiest way to keep your hair back and bang on trend at the moment. From a pony tail, you can change your look by twisting them into low chignons or high top knots, making the whole style very versatile.
What do you think will be a top hair trend this summer?
There’s nothing more gorgeous than soft beachy waves. The ‘almost there’ wave will be a hot look no matter if you are on a beach in Ibizia, surfing in Cornwall, or camping at a festival. Just use Beach Babe Wave Spray (£5.99, 125ml) and twist sections of hair around your finger as it dries naturally. Alternatively, you can always use a Rock Chick Wave Wand (RRP £59.99( and create big soft waves instantly.
What are your top tips for great holiday hair?
Pack – Make sure you pack the essentials for great hair. I would suggest my hol hair range together with a wide tooth comb, some covered bands and a few hair accessories.
Protect – Protect your hair when possible with Cover Up Sun Protection Spray, and don’t forget to spray on partings or your scalp!
Have fun – hair should reflect how you are feeling, so go for a more carefree style which doesn’t take hours to perfect.
Accessorize – you will probably be a little more daring on holiday with accessories – you might not wear a big flower tucked behind your ear when doing the weekly shop, but it will look great for a summer night out!
Femalefirst Taryn Davies