Emma Simmons at Salon 54 takes you through the ten steps for heatwave hair…
1. Use sunscreen for your hair: Just like your skin, your hair can also get damaged by the sun’s rays. Look for hair products with built-in UV protection or use a leave-in conditioner with SPF to shield your strands from harmful UV radiation. Revlon’s Unique One is perfect as it has fade protection, UVA and UVB protection and comes in 3 gorgeous scents.
2. Wear a hat or scarf: When you’re out in the sun for an extended period, protect your hair by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or a lightweight scarf. It provides an extra layer of defence against sun exposure and helps prevent your hair from drying out.
3. Limit heat styling: During summer, give your hair a break from excessive heat styling tools like straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers. Heat can strip your hair of moisture, making it more susceptible to damage. Embrace natural styles or opt for heatless hairstyles instead.
4. Hydrate your hair: Keep your hair well-hydrated by using moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. Look for products that contain ingredients like aloe vera, coconut oil, or shea butter to nourish and hydrate your hair, replenishing any moisture lost due to the sun. Hydro nutritive from Revlon’s EKS range gives a luxurious feel and intensively moisturises thirsty hair.
5. Deep condition regularly: Treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. Deep conditioners help restore moisture, repair damage, and strengthen your hair, leaving it soft, shiny, and healthy.
6. Rinse with cool water: After swimming in a pool or the ocean, rinse your hair with cool water to remove chlorine or saltwater residue. Hot water can further dry out your hair, so opt for cooler temperatures to maintain its health.
7. Minimise chemical treatments: Summer is not the best time to experiment with your hair, stick to treatments that cause the least damage, and if you can’t live without your summer hi-lights, then ensure you use the aftercare products recommend by your stylist
8. Protect your hair while swimming: Before jumping into a pool, wet your hair with clean water. This helps reduce the amount of chlorinated water your hair absorbs. You can also wear a swim cap to minimize contact between your hair and the water.
9. Avoid tight hairstyles: Opt for loose hairstyles that allow air circulation and minimize tension on your scalp. Tight ponytails, braids, or buns can cause breakage, especially when combined with sun exposure.
10. Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet: Healthy hair starts from within. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats contribute to overall hair health.