Strands Hairdressing

Summer-proof your hair

Summer is the season of sun and fun, but it also poses challenges for maintaining healthy hair. While we slather our skin with SPF galore, our hair often misses out on the TLC it deserves. Don’t worry, Advanced stylist Lucy is just back from her travels, and shares her sun-savvy tips for summer.

Shield your strands

As the sun intensifies, so does its impact on our locks. UV rays damage the proteins in our hair leading to dryness, breakages and colour fading. It’s crucial to understand that like your skin, your hair needs protection from sun exposure.

Choosing your summer hair saviours

“Kick off your summer haircare by choosing shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for sun exposure” says Lucy. “Start with ABC shampoo for a gentle cleanse that preserves natural oils. Pair it with ABC conditioner to help quench and repair sun-stressed hair.”

Rituals to rescue your hair

Daily defence: Apply a leave-in conditioner, my go to is Redken One United every morning.

Weekly: Treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment like ABC 5 minute mask to revitalise nourish and repair.

Holiday hair

Stay tuned for our July blog where we’ll take an in-depth look at holiday hair and how to combat the effects of sun, sea and chlorine.

Style smart, not hard

“Leave your heat styling tools at home,” advises Lucy. Air drying is your BFF to prevent additional heat stress. And you will have lots of room in your suit case to bring home lots of holiday treats”

If you can’t live without your hot tools, lower the temperature down a notch or two and always guard your hair with a thermal protectant – ACG leave in treatment is brilliant for all hair types.

When styling go for loose, protective styles like braids or updo’s to minimise sun exposure and prevent tangling.

Keep your hue true

Coloured hair fades fast under the sun. Shield your colour with a sun protector and wear a hat for protection. Walking the dog, shopping in an open-air market or enjoying an alfresco lunch will leave your colour faded and your hair damaged.

Blonde tip: Combat brassy tones post-sunshine with a purple shampoo or a clarifying treatment to help brighten your blonde and neutralise those yellow tones. 

Unsure which to choose? Ask your stylist for their advice – we love to help.

Safeguard your scalp

“The sun doesn’t spare your scalp leaving it sore and red just like the skin on the rest of your body, explains Lucy.

“Wear a hat if you can. If you have thinning hair or a receding hairline, apply sunscreen generously to exposed areas and along your parting line.”

Pro Treatments for sun-damaged hair

Visit us for a personalised consultation. We offer a range of treatments from hydrating masks and to shine-enhancing glosses designed to revive and nourish your hair.

And don’t forget, regular trims are essential to snip away split ends and encourage healthy growth.

Don’t let the sun steal your shine

With the right products and routines, you can enjoy vibrant, healthy hair all season long. We’d love to see you – book your appointment today and enjoy the beautiful summer without worrying about your hair.