Holidays might be good for the soul, but when it comes to your hair, they can often spell “trouble” with a capital T. All that sun, sea, and chlorine can wreak havoc, fading once-vibrant color and leaving your locks looking crispier than sun-parched seaweed. The good news is that a little TLC is all you need to treat them. Read on to discover Savoir Flair’s top expert tips and hair-care products to transform dry, dull strands into silk-like tresses.
Start with the Basics
“Be kind to your hair,” says London-based hair stylist Jamie Stevens, who has tended to the tresses of Stella McCartney and Elle Macpherson, among others. Because frazzled hair is more fragile, he recommends switching to a sulfate-free shampoo, which would be much gentler and give longevity to colored hair. Try the Aveda ‘Damage Remedy Restructuring Shampoo’ – it doesn’t contain harsh cleansing agents that can dry out your hair.
Take a break from heated appliances too, letting your hair dry naturally instead. “If you do have to use heated appliances, make sure you always use a thermal-protective lotion before styling,” advises Stevens. Oribe’s ‘Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil’ not only prevents heat damage, but it also infuses dry hair with intense nourishment.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
“Sun can weaken hair by drying it out and damaging the keratin, the raw material inside our hair that makes it sturdy and malleable,” says trichologist Annabel Kingsley. The solution? Keratin- or protein-enriched treatments to help replenish and rebuild hair from the inside out. Apply a thick layer of Braziliss ‘Express Luminosity Hair Mask’ all over your hair; the intensive keratin proteins within will restore health and shine to every strand.
Braziliss ‘Express Luminosity Hair Mask’
AED150 / SAR153
Treat Your Hair Like You Would Your Skin
Hair care that works like skincare is the only way to treat fragile tresses – in fact, some of the best hair buys draw their inspiration (and ingredients) from high-tech skincare. Use the Phyto ‘Phytokératine Ultra-Repairing Mask’ as a once-weekly “facial” for damaged hair. A potent combination of keratin and hyaluronic acid (the top skin-hydrating molecule used in all the best skin creams), it literally plumps every strand of your hair with moisture, leaving it glossy and radiant.
For hair that’s beyond at-home help, however, book in for a ‘RG Hair Botox’ treatment before you reach for the scissors. Available at Belle Femme salons, it is akin to a pain-free facelift for the hair. This revolutionary treatment uses a protein-rich formula to repair damage and restore hair health while straightening, smoothing, and nurturing those strands. Results last up to six months.
Phyto ‘Phytokératine Ultra-Repairing Mask’
AED145 / SAR148
Revive Faded Color
It’s not just the condition of your hair that can suffer from the effects of sun, sea, and sand – the color takes a hit too. Blonde hair turns yellow, brown goes more brassy, and red fades quicker than you can say, “Hello sunshine” – disastrous if you’ve spent a small fortune getting your hair professionally colored. Christophe Robin’s ‘Shade Variation Care’ masks are the ideal rescue remedy in this case and brilliant for perking up lackluster color.
The lavender-tinted formula helps restore soft, creamy tones to blonde hair, while the chestnut-tinted formula neutralizes orange and yellow tones in brown hair. Alternatively, try the blends for reviving golden-blonde and ash-brown hair. Redheads should try Color Wow’s ‘Color Security Conditioner’, which forms a protective shield around the hair to stop further fading in its tracks.