Strands Hairdressing

Holiday hair essentials

Those ‘lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer’ bring sunshine, beach trips and poolside relaxation, but while we love a good beach day, our hair often doesn’t agree. Between chlorine, sun damage and the constant styling, our locks can end up dry, damaged and dull.

Don’t worry – Senior Stylist and extension specialist Amy has all the tips and tricks you need to keep your hair looking fabulous throughout your vacation. Let’s dive in…

Prep is key

Book a trim before you jet off and treat yourself to our an ABC bond building treatment to strengthen and repair your hair from the inside out. It’s also a chance to chat with your stylist for recommendations on the best products to take with you.

“And don’t forget to book your post-hols appointment before you leave,” adds Amy.

Beware chlorine

Chlorine can be a real villain to both natural hair and extensions. It weakens strands, leading to split ends, brittle and frizzy hair, and can change your hair colour as well as irritating the scalp.

Wearing a swimming cap is the ultimate solution, but it’s hardly Insta glamorous! Instead, minimise pool time and try these tricks to reduce chlorine damage says Amy:

[1] Drench your hair with fresh water before taking a dip. This helps reduce chlorine absorption. Take bottled water with you if there isn’t a nearby shower.

[2] Slather on a leave-in conditioner before swimming to form a protective barrier. Then rinse your hair immediately after swimming to wash away the chlorine. Choose a shampoo like Redken’s Cleansing Cream which is specifically formulated to remove chlorine.

[3] Use a clarifying shampoo weekly to remove chlorine build-up. Follow with a deep conditioner or mask – I like ABC 5 min mask – to keep hair hydrated.

[4] Chlorine can give blondes brassy tones. Blondage shampoo, used once or twice a week, will keep you blonde and beautiful.

Protect your locks from UV damage

While we love soaking up the sun, those rays can wreak havoc on our hair and extensions, leading to dryness and split ends, and causes your salon-fresh colour to fade.

Ideally, rock a stylish hat or scarf to shield your hair (and your face) from direct sunlight. And always spritz on a UV protection spray before heading out to guard against those damaging rays. One United is a firm favourite as its light and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.

Amy’s top tips for extensions:

  • To prevent tangling, braid your hair or put it in a bun before hitting the pool.
  • Pop a wide-toothed comb in your beach bag for gentle detangling.
  • Use UV protectant but avoid the bonds, as it can cause slipping.

Rejuvenate your hair

After a day of fun in the sun, give your hair some TLC at night to keep it healthy and radiant explains Amy.

Start by detangling gently with a wide-tooth comb. If you’ve been in saltwater or chlorine, cleanse and apply a leave-in conditioner or a nourishing hair mask to replenish moisture.

Pop a silk pillowcase in your suitcase suggests Amy – it minimises friction and helps prevent breakage. It’s especially helpful if you have extensions.

Drying and styling tips

We all love to style our hair, but it’s essential to avoid damage, especially when your hair is already under stress recommends Amy.

[1] Blot hair gently with a microfibre towel and avoid vigorous rubbing which can cause breakage.

[2] Air dry whenever possible – it’s the gentlest option. Go for natural textures with a leave in treatment like ABC for effortless, beachy waves.

[3] If you do use heated tools, always apply a heat protectant spray like ACG before using them. And lower the heat setting to minimise damage.

Soak up the sun, dive into the sea, and enjoy every moment of your summer holiday – just remember to give your hair the extra love it deserves.