Summer is officially here, and although many of us won’t find ourselves at the beach or by the pool this year, the warmer British weather can still do damage to our hair. Heat from the sun can be especially detrimental to your locks, with over-exposure to UV rays frying the hair shaft and causing strands to become dry and rough.
Higher temperatures combined with increased humidity are perfect conditions for the dreaded frizz, while the beating sun shining on coloured hair can often lead to pigments becoming bleached and faded.
Maintaining vibrant and healthy hair all summer long may require a few tweaks to your haircare routine. We’ve selected some of the best colour and care products to get you started:
Kérastase Nutritive Fondant Magistral Conditioner
Long, hot days mean more sun exposure for your hair, which can leave strands severely dehydrated and more susceptible to brittleness and breakage. The Kérastase Nutritive collection is specially designed to deeply hydrate dried-out hair, restoring softness and leaving locks silky smooth.
The high concentration of nourishing ingredients in this conditioner penetrates the hair fibre, removing impurities and giving hair a supple, radiant sheen that counteracts sun damage. For an extra boost of hydration, use with the full Nutritive range.
Davines OI All In One Milk
This lightweight leave-in spray from Davines will quickly become your go-to product for perfect summer hair. It’s multi-function design not only reduces frizz and tangles, but leaves hair soft while protecting it from high temperatures.
Its nourishing formula is loaded with ingredients designed to enrich and hydrate hair, including Pro-Vitamin B5 which works to improve the moisture content and elasticity of hair strands, while Roucou oil’s natural antioxidants protect against UV radiation, shields colour and promotes thicker and fuller hair growth. Plus, it will leave your hair smelling gorgeous all day!
Shu Uemura Colour Lustre Masque
UV rays can break down pigments found in hair dyes, causing your salon-fresh colour to fade more quickly when exposed to the sun for long periods of time. The Colour Lustre range is designed to protect against just this, as well as limit washout, so you can enjoy your colour for longer, even during the summer.
The Colour Lustre Masque from Shu Uemura is designed to instantly restore the protective coating of hair strands, keeping colour-treated hair vibrant and radiant. Goji berry extract works to prevent your colour from fading, while the addition of musk rose oil strengthens hair fibres and keeps each strand moisturised. Simply massage through the mid-lengths to the ends of wet hair and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing to ensure beautiful, vivid colour.
Joico Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Brightening Oil
Those delicate blonde shades often need a little extra care and attention, especially during the summer months, when sun exposure and dips in the pool or sea can leave blonde hair looking brassy and dull. Joico’s shine-boosting Brightening Oil is suitable for all shades of blonde hair and works to restore luminosity and softness.
Made with coconut oil and Tahitian Gardenia flower to combat frizz and breakages, it will help bring your colour back to life. The gentle, no-stain formula means it’s suitable even for very pale shades of blonde – just apply a couple of pumps to damp hair before styling as normal to keep your blonde illuminated and protected from environmental damage.
Davines SU Hair Mask
The Davines SU range has been specially formulated as an anti-ageing treatment for hair suffering from the effects of sun exposure, chlorine and sea water. Teaming with natural ingredients like shea butter, jojoba seed and sweet almond oil, this hair mask works to restore moisture and hydration even to severely damaged or dry hair.
Perfect for use during or after sun exposure, the ultra-light formula conditions and repairs hair without weighing it down, leaving hair soft and healthy. Simply apply to shampooed hair, combing through from the roots to the tips, then leave in for up to 15 minutes before rinsing and styling as normal.