The best summer hair hacks
Summer, surf, sun and sand - our bodies and souls love it but our hair seems to loathe it. Dry, brittle, breakable locks are often a sad result of a summer spent in the sun. We give you some quick and easy ways to keep your mane manageable over the summer months.
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Keeping your hair protected over summer is just as important as protecting your skin – that expensive hair colour you just indulged in will love you for it. Arm yourself with products, which work to offer your hair SPF protection that helps you maintain your colour, avoid damage and retain moisture.
If a summer getaway is on the cards, make sure your bag is packed deep with hair masks, these can help to restore your hair as well as undoing any of the damage a day in the sun can incur – when you are settled in for the night pop one of these into your hair and either leave for 15-20 minutes, or leave overnight.. Thicker hair will soak up the goodness while you sleep while fine hair will only need a short dose of nourishment.
When it comes to styling over the warmer months, the key is to keep it simple and there are two styles, which lend itself to this.
While sexy and sophisticated, a style like this is also very practical over summer but while it may seem like a simple task, flyaway’s can become a pest, especially if you plan to be sitting on the beach. This arsenal of goodies will help to keep your ponytail locked and loaded, not to mention any other style staying put.
Tousled beachy hair is almost a right of passage for the warmer months – swims in the rolling waves is not only beautiful for the mind, body and soul but also results in perfectly formed curls and tamed tresses. If you feel like you need a helping hand, there are products designed for just that – these salt sprays work by mimicking what the salt water does to the hair –expect it to feel manageable yet with casual movement.
Salt sprays will work their best applied to damp hair. Spritz some through your mid lengths and ends and scrunch into your hair working the product through and also encouraging any natural curl you may have. The beauty of a product like this is you can let you hair dry naturally knowing it has the protection and styling of the spray, all the while being naturally free-formed. Throwing your locks into a messy plait also looks amazing with this natural movement.
Tools of the trade
Tangle Teezer - Defiant locks welcomed this wondrous product, which manages to glide through knots like nothing else on the market. Whether your hair is curly or straight, disobedient tresses that normally prove to be problematic will have a welcome surprise by adding this to your after-shower hair regime.
Silk Pillowcase - While the idea may seem like a money-making scheme, hear us out – sleeping on a silk pillowcase has been not only attributed to a smoother (wrinkle-free) complexion, but it’s also great for your locks. Thanks to its texture, this natural fabric helps to smooth and calm unruly locks, smoothing frizz and calming curls.
Hair Accessories - Not reserved for kids now, hair accessories have a place for keeping your mane under control. Whether you want to clip up sections, or you want to throw the whole lot into a pony, we share the best:
John Frieda Beach Blonde Ovean Waves Sea Salt Spray, $22.99; Eleven Australia 3 Minute Repair Rinse Out Mask, $34; Kevin Murphy Re.Store, $70; Tangle Teezer, $29.99; QVS Scrunchie; $6.99; QVS Bobby Pins, $6.99 and QVS Hair Elastics, $4.99.