Sun Care for Hair
Sunshine and swimming can play havoc with your hair. But though most people wouldn't dream of jetting off to the sunshine without a bumper bottle of high protection sun cream, how many of us remember to pack some pampering products for our hair?
After a few days of sun and sea, even the most healthy, glossy hair can deteriorate into a frazzled mess - if it's subjected to the elements with little or no protection.
• Colour - If you're planning to have your hair highlighted before you go on holiday, ask your hairdresser to make the highlights two or three shades darker than normal. The sun will naturally lift your hair colour those extra shades.
• Cut - Book an appointment to have your hair cut before you go away, even if it's only for a trim. This will ensure that any dry or split ends which are especially prone to damage, will be removed before you spend time in the sun.
• Condition - It's a good idea to treat your hair to regular deep conditioning treatments a couple of weeks before your departure date, so that it's in peak condition for your holiday. Continue the treatments every three or four days while you are away and then every three to four weeks after you get back, to maintain the hair's moisture levels. I recommend Avon's Advanced Techniques 360 Nourishment Moroccan Argon Oil Mask.
• Cover up - Try and keep your hair covered up as much as possible when you are out in the sun - ideally with some kind of scarf or hat. The sun's UV rays can damage your hair as well as your skin, especially if it is coloured or highlighted.
• Protect - Whenever your hair is left uncovered, get into the habit of applying a protective product. There's a wide range of products available these days that contain an SPF or special UV filters. I recommend Avon's New Sunlight Spray beautifying hair protector.
Hand luggage friendly 100 ml bottles, non greasy spray and protects strands against dried-out damage and colour fade.
• Rinse - Rinse your hair with fresh water after swimming in the sea or pool, as both salt and chlorine dry hair out. You can always use bottled water if there are no showering facilities nearby.
• String it up - Secure unruly holiday hair into a simple but fashionable ponytail, securing it with a damp bobble. Unlike a rubber band, cotton bobbles won't snag the hair and as it dries, you should find it tightens to create a secure fix to keep your style in place.I recommend Avon's new set of hair Bobbles.
• Plait it - The season's trend for plaits is good news for holiday hair. Plaits are a perfect for when you're sitting on the beach or relaxing by the pool. They're also really easy to do and great for keeping your hair under control.