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 …
Posted by: PRIMPED