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How to: Embrace Holiday Hair

Sun, 23 September 2012 11:35AM

Holiday season is so close you can smell the sunscreen. But while there’s nothing like a little R&R to soothe the soul, summer vacations can all too easily leave hair fried and frazzled. What with the humidity levels rising, the UV index intensifying, and all that chlorine and salt swimming around in the water.

Add to all this the daily assault that is heat-styling, and you’ll soon have hair that will feel so sad and sorry for itself, it’ll want to hide away under a sun hat all summer long.

So what to do? Let’s take our hair-spiration from the Duchess of Cambridge, fresh from her South Pacific tour.

Usually groomed to shiny, bouncy perfection, Kate’s relaxed, even slightly frizzy, waves are a breath of hot and steamy holiday air.

Hey, if a bit of a hot mess is good enough for Kate …

But of course, there’s a huge difference between carefree and careless. Follow these tips for hair that relaxes, without going too troppo:

  • Embrace your natural movement and texture. In other words, prepare to ditch the hairdryer for a while. The season is placing enough strain on hair as is, so you want to minimise any extra and unnecessary stress. Allow hair to air-dry – or at least, rough-dry it – as often as possible.
  • Buy yourself a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. The Aveda Smooth Infusion duo, $39.95 each, from salons, does just what it says: calm the hair, as well as defend against humidity for up to 12 hours. Extra points for the divine holiday-perfect aromas. Alternatively, try Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner, $5.99 each, from supermarkets, with a delicious vanilla and coconut scent.
  • Over summer, you should increase the number of hair treatments you do each week. A deep hydrating treatment will dramatically improve hair’s texture where it’s needed most. Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, $44.50. 1300 437 436, is rich in argan oil to deeply hydrate and condition, while enhancing elasticity, shine and manageability. A winner. For a budget option, try Pantene Nature Fusion Rinse-Off Treatment, $4.99, from pharmacies.
  • Hydrating boosts fall into ‘the more the merrier’ basket over summer. So add a leave-in conditioner into your beauty routine. Why? It will not only make your hair feel suppler, it will help to seal those nasty split ends, and tame frizz and fly-aways. Try Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Sealed Ends, $18.50, 1800 251 887.
  • A sea salt spray is a must for any holiday bag. Sure, you could use the real thing, but the faux variety is a little less messy. Try O&M Surf Bomb, $24.95, Adore Beauty. Spritz, scrunch, and say aloha to glamorous holiday hair.
  • Finally, don’t forget a sunscreen for your strands. Otherwise your hair will come home looking more frightful than your credit card bill. Try Kérastase Micro-Voile Protecteur, $41, from salons. Or, of course, a hat works just as effectively.

PS: A hat of course will be perfect for those days when your hair just won’t behave. Alternatively, pin it all up, pop in some tropical flowers, and nobody will be the wiser. And it would be so K-Middy of you …


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  • Posted by: Knyholm Master Fan // Sun, 23 September 2012 02:18pm

    I love the Moroccan oil products, they are all so amazing. The Aveda products also sounds fantastic, although its one brand that im yet to try.

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Sun, 23 September 2012 09:47pm

    I like Aveda skin products but haven’t yet tried their hair range.

    I don’t use Moroccan Oil anymore, however I use an argan oil product regularly and think it’s fantastic. It’s great for a quick hair pick-me-up!

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 08:38am

    I think the Duchess of Cambridge looks beautiful here!! So relaxed – and I like her hair, even with the slight frizz.

    I usually find it too hot in the middle of summer to do much heat styling anyway. Swear by my sea salt spray though!!

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 09:46am

    My hair is ALREADY going all frizzy and fly-away-y and I have no idea why! Definitely need to up the treatment routine.

  • Posted by: chloe.x Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 10:22am

    The Duchess always looks great – even with slightly frizzy hair! I’ve never heard of sunscreeen for hair, but it sounds interesting. I find that I usually wear my hair up during Summer, makes my hair routine so much simpler!

  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 11:36am

    All I can think when I look at the first photo is how hot all that hair would be. I live in QLD and the first thing I do when it hits summer is put my hair in a ponytail for 3 months

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 12:04pm

    The last hairstyle is awesome. I use sea salt sprays all the time. Theyre so easy to use.

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 04:31pm

    I really like moroccan oil products.

    I also love a good treatment after holidays, I find my hair really dries out afterwards

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Mon, 24 September 2012 06:54pm

    The sun and sea definitely frazzles my hair during summer. I like to use V05 treatment oils in my hair. They include UV filters and moisturise my hair, leaving it smooth and shiny… until the next treatment!

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Tue, 25 September 2012 04:04pm

    I definitely need to invest in that Morroccan oil mask, so great in Summer! This article made me feel like it’s really just around the corner!

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 26 September 2012 09:33am

    She is so naturally beautiful and her hair always looks amazing. Id love to have those bouncy locks

  • Posted by: karleymichelle Enthusiast // Wed, 26 September 2012 02:21pm

    I think i’m gonna ahve to try the sea salt spray.
    I have naturaly curly hair but blow dry it all the time – i know naughty! but i just can’t handle frizzy hair

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Thu, 27 September 2012 02:10pm

    i really like Aveda at the moment, i have been using Wella SP, they have some really great products

  • Posted by: Anna // Tue, 2 October 2012 11:13am

    SUCH great advice. my hair hates humidity the whole year around – hopefully this will help!

  • Posted by: Anna Lou Enthusiast // Tue, 2 October 2012 11:14am

    SUCH great advice. my hair hates humidity the whole year around – hopefully this will help!

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Tue, 6 August 2013 03:24pm

    Those products sound great. Kate looks beautiful here :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Wed, 23 April 2014 09:30am

    Kate’s hair is gorgeous, so full and healthy.

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