Sun, a refreshing breeze, the beach, cocktails by the pool... just some of the things we love about summer! Trouble is, they can wreak havoc on your hair and scalp, leaving them dry, discoloured and damaged. While protection is better than cure, there are some solutions if the damage sets in. Miranda Kerr’s mane man, David Keough, gives his top tips on bringing the bounce, body and brilliance back to your hair.
Issue: Summer winds, sun exposure and constant swimming can cause hair to dry out and become dull.
Fix it: “Use a protein-based moisturising treatment at least once a week to restore moisture and elasticity. Apply it to mid-lengths and ends only and leave on for one to three minutes.”
Protect your scalp
Issue: Sunburn and dehydration can cause a dry, flaky scalp.
Fix it: “Always wear a hat in the sun,” says Keough, who’s also tamed the tresses of Delta Goodrem, Amy Poehler, Elle Macpherson, Kristin Davis and Olivia Newton-John. “If you’re at the beach or poolside, and you have a definite part line, apply your sunblock to the skin there, too. Relieve dryness and itchiness, and heal your sun-stressed scalp by massaging quality coconut oil or argan oil into it at night. Leave on overnight and shampoo out in the morning. Do this every night until your scalp heals.”
Tidy up your ends
Issue: Sun, swimming and overusing electrical appliances can all cause split ends.
Fix it: “The only way to get rid of split ends is to have them cut off,” stresses Keough. “However, you can stop them from occurring with regular conditioning treatments, having a trim every six weeks, being gentle with your hair when it’s wet and going easy on your blow-drying and curling tongs or straightening irons. Also, always use a leave-in heat protector when styling.”
Clean up your colour
Issue: Chlorine can make blonde hair bright green while even red heads and brunettes might notice a khaki tinge.
Fix it: “Rinse your hair straight after swimming,” advises Keough. “Apply a conditioner prior to swimming to block the minerals from the chlorine depositing on your hair, and for maximum protection, wear a swimming cap. If hair is already green, use a deep cleansing shampoo to help remove mineral deposits, and follow with conditioner.”
Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.