Keep your hair protected all summer long with these summertime solutions
We all know the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, but did you know that your hair needs protecting from them too?
When your hair is exposed to the sun for a long time, UVA and UVB rays can damage the hair cuticle (the outside cover of the hair strand), leaving it dry, brittle, discoloured, frizzy and with split ends.
It’s easy to forget and get complacent about our hair when the temperature rises and think that it can take care of itself. The truth is, it can’t. It needs our help to defend against sun damage. And for those of us lucky enough to head to even warmer climates this summer, there’s usually the added salt water from the sea and chlorine from the pool for hair to contend with too.
The effects from the sun and the heat can take hold quickly turning summertime fun into a battlefield for hair. So what exactly can we do to keep our locks protected from those harmful rays and other hair-damaging factors? Blue Hairdressing’s Creative Designer, Gavin, is here with the answers for those summer hair woes:
“I always suggest getting a haircut before the real heat hits or before you go away for a summer holiday, that way any dry or split ends will be removed before you go out into the sun. This will prevent them from getting worse and ultimately leading to more irreparable damage.”
Gavin continued to say how the products we use need to be ramped up in extreme conditions with thermal protectors and extra hydration to keep the hair nourished during these drying times. He said:
“The right productswill not only bathe hair with nourishment and help protect against the harsh sun, but they should also turn heads with their ability to create styles that set us apart and make the most of our individual hair types.”
When asked what products would he recommend to give us those stand-out results, Gavin didn’t hesitate. These are his summer must-haves for any styling routine:
- L’Oreal Solar Sublime Shampoo helps counteract the drying effects of the sun and eliminate residues such as sand, salt and chlorine build-up.
L’Oreal Solar Sublime Masque provides intense nourishment for after any form of exposure to the sun and helps to detangle the hair.
Davines SU Hair Mask A complete anti-age treatment to replace softness, moisture and shin even to the driest and most opaque hair. Indicated for all hair types, during and after sun exposure. The SU line has a floral (camellia and mimosa), fruity (apple) and woody fragrance.
- Davines SU Anti-Dryness Shield This bi phase lotion, characterized by a silky touch, is able to counteract the salt deposition and the frequently associated sensation of dryness on hair. It provides at the same time hydration and smoothness to the hair, without adding weight. It provides hydration, giving softness to hair and dry smooth touch, doesn’t leave any residue.
Davines OI Oil Brimming with roucou oil – a potent Amazonian extract derived from the fruit of the achiote, which is 100 times richer in beta-carotene that carrots – Davines’s OI Oil helps to stimulate melanin synthesis and in turn, maintain your hair’s natural pigment. Featherweight and non-greasy, this elixir also exhibits a powerful smoothing, detangling and frizz-fighting action, to keep even wild hair types under control.
- Davines SU Aftersun Hair & Body Shampoo This shampoo has been formulated with a rich mix of ingredients that will restore hydration and softness to the hair. Your colour and hair will be left protected, avoiding dehydration and further sun damage. It leaves the hair soft and silky, giving it shine and making it easier to style making it perfect for all hair types that are exposed to sun, chlorine and sea salt.
But what about colour treated hair? Gavin has that covered too. He said:
“Each year, summer inspires more than half of our guests to go lighter and typically, they want to go as light and bright as possible. But UV exposure, on those already fragile and delicate blonde locks, fades toners and exposes yellowy-golden hues that most blondes try to avoid. However, blonde darers don’t need to hide in the shadows until the sun goes away, products such as L’Oréal Silver Shampoo has a violet-tinted formula to help control the brassy tones and protect natural blonde strands as they bask in all of their glory poolside.
“Another favourite of mine for blondes is, L’Oréal Solar Sublime Spray, helps to provide protection for hair during exposure to the sun. A light, leave-in mist formulation that features Mexoryl S.O provides instant conditioning protection for hair during sun exposure, shielding it from drying effects, while leaving it super shiny. A spritz-tacular way to improve your hair’s summer defence strategy.
And what about any non-blondes that still colour their hair?
“UV rays, salt water and chlorine can wreak havoc on colour-treated hair, but the Davines SU Range of products provides a serious defence against it all. The system is a combination of a body washes, shampoo, conditioner and thermal protection spray that works wonders on coloured hair to prevent breakage and boost shine too.”
Book in for a refreshing cut and deep moisturising treatment before you head off for your next getaway and set your summer hair care routine up the right way. To book an appointment call 01428 607555
The Blue team x