How to harness your hair for the holidays

Pre-holiday, it’s important to get hair hot. This is one of those times in life when you really want hair looking it’s best. So what can you do to keep your hair in tip top shape and what pitfalls should you protect against?

Get a trim

Unless you have recently visited the salon, it’s imperative to get a pre-holiday trim. If your hair is already damaged, chances are it will become even more dishevelled when you add sun and sea to the mix. A light trim will lop off any damage, dryness and split ends giving you a fresher, healthier look that will require less maintenance.

Protect your hair

If your hair is freshly dyed, speak with a professional about hair care. Blonde dye in particular can react oddly to chlorinated water and the sun will lighten locks further. Your care may involve keeping hair covered and out of water, or investing in an SPF spray for hair. Caps are always a good idea as is proper shampooing and conditioning to wash out nasty chemicals. Remember, prevention is better than cure so protecting your hair is where you should channel most of your efforts.

Know your texture

Different hair textures react differently to heat. Your hair might frizz increase in volume, dry out or became lank or excessively greasy. Having knowledge of your hair is very important and will carry you through many a hair hell. Again, a stylist can help you with this and advise regarding appropriate products to use or a suitable hair care regime. You will need to adapt this regime to suit your holiday schedule as factors such as the sea, sun and chlorine can all leave their mark.

Use protective styles

If you are an adventurous person who is going to be jumping in and out of pools, playing games and exploring, then your hair needs to be worn in protective styles. Loose, long hair is more likely to get pulled, snapped or otherwise damaged. Wear your hair in a bun, ponytail or braids to minimise the risks. Remember hair is very delicate and needs to be treated gently, otherwise it will occur unnecessary damage which will make hair look unhealthy and hinder growth.

Brush beautifully

We don’t always damage our hair in the most obvious of ways. Sometimes even the most innocuous of tasks such as daily brushing can be the most destructive. As always, make sure you brush hair with a wide toothed comb or tangle teezer before washing. Do not brush damp hair as it is more prone to breakage.

Be selective with shampoo

The heat might bring out certain scalp ailments such as dandruff, eczema or psoriasis. Pack specialist shampoos that help keep these problems under control and use them as advised.

Things to beware of:

-        Excess heat

-        The sea

-        Chlorinated water

-        Yanking/vigorous brushing and tangles

-        Hair dye changing color

Finally, take care of your hair but most importantly enjoy your holiday.