7 top tips to help you look after your hair and your hair extensions this summer...
1. Wear a hat or a scarf as much as possible
Sunlight bleaches hair, and although we sometimes like the lighter shade, the effect is not always uniform and your hair could end up looking brassy. The best protection against fading is to avoid direct sun exposure because in reality that there isn't really a product in the market that effectively protects hair against UV damage. If you really wish to leave your hair out in the sun or don’t like head wear, use a leave-in conditioner daily to create some kind of protective barrier.
2. Fight unwanted frizz with a serum, especially if it is silicone-based
We don’t recommend using silicone-based products for your natural hair every day care. But if you are worried about turning into 90's Monica from Friends, apply a small dollop of serum a few times this summer to help keep your hair smooth and frizz-free.
3. Use leave-in conditioner and clarifying shampoo to protect your hair colour
Chlorine present in pool water can damages hair. It can also react with the chemicals used in colour dyes. Non-natural blondes are even more at risk, where light colours can in some cases turn a horrific greenish hue. Definitely not a good holiday look! If your hair is dyed – especially if you’re a non-natural blonde – protect your colour by using a leave-in conditioner and rinse within a few hours with a clarifying shampoo.
4. Wash your hair after swimming in the sea, or if your hair has sand in it
This is because sea water and sand can damage your hair by causing it to break. After you wash your hair, use a wide tooth comb and start at the bottom, gently working your way up. If you have knots or tangles, use one of those sprays designed for children, they work a treat.
5. When swimming, don't tie your hair back too tightly
Wet hair is more fragile than dry hair. When swimming, tying your hair back too tightly or using elastics can cause stress and damage to your hair.
6. Don’t overheat your hair
Because of increased (and fiercer) sun exposure on holiday, your hair has to cope with more heat than it normally would. Try to minimise the use of straighteners or curlers and only use a blow drier on the lowest setting.
7. Caring for your hair extensions on holiday
A lot of these tips also apply to human hair extensions, like Invisible Extensions, weaves or clip-ins.
- Step up your normal maintenance routine, like brushing out any tangles straight away.
- Ideally, you’ll want to avoid getting your hair extensions wet in the first place so we recommend putting your hair in a top knot before swimming.
- Human hair extensions are naturally drier than natural hair, so is prone to frizz, which is why it's super important to use a leave-in conditioner.
- Many of our customers prefer to take out their human hair extensions before a beach holiday and to use clip-in synthetic alternatives instead. That way, you can give hair extensions a miss all together on the days you'll be in and out the pool, but if you’re having a night out or fancy a style change you can just spend ten minutes clipping in a set of synthetic clips, or attaching a ponytail or a bun, and you'll still look your best.
Don't worry about it looking fake, our range of synthetic hair extensions is really high quality and should blend in seamlessly with your own hair. Synthetic hair is also a great deal more affordable than human hair, with most pieces under £20, so if it doesn't last much beyond your holiday, you don't need to worry about wasting money!