With the sunshine comes the desire to spend as much time as possible outside and enjoying it, for fear it will disappear as quickly as it manifested and leave us feeling like we’ve been cheated for yet another year. As soon as it gets a little warmer I’m out there on the balcony, in the park or making any excuse to sit outside in a beer garden; what can I say, apart from the fact the warm rays on my face fill me with glee! Although we’re well versed in protecting our skin and bodies from the sunshine, or replenishing the moisture we’ve lost by spending hours upon hours in the pool, our hair is often something that gets forgotten. It’s just as important to look after our barnets (and scalps) for shiny, healthy and colour rich locks all year round – so here are four of my current hair heroes I know can help.
Aveda Purifying Scalp Cleanser (£21.15)
During the summer months our scalp is exposed to the heat of the sun more than usual, especially if you have a tendency to wear your hair up and therefore expose your parting or hair line, but we tend to forget about looking after it in favour of the hair that sprouts out. This innovative ‘pre shampoo cleanser’ helps to instantly balance sebum levels, while salicylic acid exfoliates to leave the scalp invigorated and refreshed. It’s perfect to use if you have a tendency to overload with product, your hair gets greasy easily, or you’ve noticed mild irritation from sun exposure (which can cause dry and flaky skin.) There’s no doubt that a clean and healthy scalp helps your hair to look its most beautiful, but during the summer it’s even more important to take care of it.
Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Heat Protection Mist (£3.99)
By golly this smells like a tropical island in a bottle! If you adore the scent of coconuts then this will be right up your street, as it instantly transports you somewhere all the more exotic. Enriched with coconut oil, this heat protection spray helps to protect hair from styling damage up to 220°C while adding shine and gently strengthening too. Spritz it onto damp hair pre blowdry, dry hair pre styling, or simply when you step out in the sun and know it’s going to get hot. Although it’s a great product to use all year round, there’s something about the scent of coconuts and summer that goes together like mojitos and beaches…
Soltan Invisible Head & Hair (£4.00)
on from the importance of scalp maintenance, this nifty little product
is a great addition to any summer beach bag as it helps to provide SPF
protection for both the scalp and hair. Sun exposure can lead this
sensitive part of our body to become burned, damaged, dry and irritated
if not effectively protected; those pesky little areas around our hair
line (often where your parting is or around the front of your scalp
where you pull hair off from covering the face) are the bits that we
forget and often find red and tender. This SPF30 spray not only helps to
provide protection for the scalp and skin around the hair line, but for
hair itself – which can become discoloured and dry in the sunshine. It’s in a small enough bottle to pop in your beach bag (and hand luggage) so you can spritz away safe in the knowledge your locks are protected.
Batiste 2-in-1 Invisible Shampoo & Conditioner (£4.49)
put money on the fact that nearly every one of you have a can of
Batiste lurking somewhere in your bedroom; it’s become such an iconic
‘must have’ over the last few years, but with other brands launching
transparent and lighter alternatives it’s been a struggle for it to keep
our attention. Well hello there 2-in-1 Invisible Shampoo &
Conditioner, you’ve been exactly what we’ve been waiting for! Finally
we’re able to swap up those heavy white sprays for something totally
transparent, incredibly light and brilliantly nourishing – as this
combines the best of the dry shampoo we know and love, with the
hydrating and style reviving qualities of a spray conditioner. If you’re not down with ‘beachy vibes’ and prefer your ‘do to be soft, smooth, nourished and just with a touch of volume, then this is just what you need. It helps to absorb that pesky grease from the scalp, but also inject some goodness to the ends too; plus it’s multi-functional, which is what I’m all about when I need as much room in my suitcase as possible.
How will you be looking after your hair this summer? Will you be picking up any of these hair heroes?
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