Beauty Clinic: Treating haystack hair

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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Q My salon-coloured hair goes straw-like every summer – not a good look. Can you give me tips on protecting it from the sun when I go on a beach holiday?

A Protection is vital, but first prevention. Getting your mop into the best condition possible before you take off for sun, sea and sand is key.

Phyto Paris – one of the hair brands we have used ourselves for many years – suggests starting now by using their Repairing Shampoo and Repairing Serum for weakened, damaged hair before you go, plus the matching Ultra-repairing mask.

When you are actually on the beach, protect your hair with Phyto Plage Protective Sun Veil for normal to dry hair, £15 for 100 ml, which contains a UV filter. For ultra dry and damaged hair, Phyto offer Protective Sun Oil with Olive wax, £16 for 100 ml also in a spray.

Always shampoo when you come in, with Phyto Plage Après-Soleil Shampooing Réhydrant rehydrating shampoo, £11 for 200 ml, for hair exposed to sun, sea & pool water.

There’s also a rehydrating After-sun Recovery Mask for damaged hair, £14 for 125 ml and a no rinse After-sun Recovery Spray, £10 for 125 ml, to detangle and repair your haystack.

Also, Philip Kingsley’s iconic product Swimcap, £15 for 75 ml, was developed at the request of the first US Olympic Synchronised Swimming Team to protect against the harsh effects of chlorinated and salt water; it also contains a UV screen.

A mostly natural product is Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, £22.50 for 100ml, a water-resistant UV defence mist that promises to protect hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours.

And finally, never forget to pop on a close-woven, broad-brimmed hat whenever you go out. It’s the quickest easiest way to protect your hair, as Steven Little, genius colourist at John Frieda’s Mayfair salon, is always reminding Sarah.

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