Summer is fast approaching; which brings peace of mind for us Brits. Warm breezes, long days and the hope of being able to step foot outdoors without the need of an umbrella and wooly coat are what we crave when summer is around the corner. However, despite my love for the sun, there’s nothing worse than the wrath of humidity on a head of curly hair like mine.
UV rays from the sun can break down the amino acids in your hair, therefore losing its elasticity, strength and shine. Spending a small fortune on a new summer do can prove to be pointless if maintenance is not up held. Colours fade, highlights turn brassy, hair becomes parched and harsh chemicals from activities such as swimming can cause damage and destruction. Preparation is key during the summer if you want to keep your hair in a healthy and manageable state. Choosing products which protect, hydrate and strengthen will ensure that your hair looks L’Oréal worthy.
Designer hair is hardly achievable without the use of these iconic products. The Kérastase Couture range, as headlined by stylist Luigi Murenu, encourages the hair’s natural texture. Containing micropolymers (tiny molecules), each hair strand is individually catered to leaving your style soft, flexible and bouncy. Xylose is also included which protects the hair from heat damage along with ingredients such as vitamin E and UV filters.
Kérastase Styling Spray À Porter is a sea salt spray with a difference. Forget crunchy, unmanageable, and unruly beach hair. This elegant looking bottle promises to deliver you Giselle-esque touselled waves with no effort at all. Spritz onto damp or dry hair and scrunch with fingers. Blow dry or let nature take its course, this spray triples as a heat protectant and hairspray.
The smell is distinctly floral, with notes of patchouli wafting through. I’m not adversed to ‘smelly’ hair products, in fact, I quite like them – saves me money on expensive perfumes. What I love most about this product is the fact that my limp, lifeless hair is given some va va voom when left in its natural state. Don’t expect tons of shine though, you get more of a semi-matte finish, as you can expect with most salt sprays.
Natural oils have put their stamp on the beauty industry as highly sought after, multi-use, miracle workers. Morrocanoil contains an ‘argan oil-infused’ formula along with vitamin F (Omega 6), vitamin A to improve elasticity, vitamin E to protect against free-radicals along with regeneration, and Phenols to shield against environmental stressors.
The Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask is a rich and creamy mask designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. Shine is restored, hair is left manageable and, when used once or twice a week, hair is rebuilt and reconstructed. After using my favourite hydrating shampoo, I apply a large dollop of this to the mid lengths to ends of my hair and leave to penetrate for 5-10 minutes. Using a shower comb to run through your hair once the mask is applied ensures even application and less hair pulling time when it comes to styling.
I opted for the 75ml version rather the full size as I was looking for a travel friendly hair saviour on my recent travels. This is a welcomed ‘tall drink’ for your hair when the sun dries out every last bit of moisture. The scent is very similar to the iconic Moroccanoil Treatments, but slightly less offensive.
Tangle Teezers are small, palm-sized tools; which have paved the way for knot free, pain free hair styling. So innovative these products have become, that even celebrities rave about their abilities (Cara Delevingne can’t live without hers). There’s not much to these brushes, the design is fairly simple, but they have certainly changed my hair game forever.
The Gold Rush Compact Styler is exactly what it says on the tin. Coated in a metallic gold finish, this is a miniature version of the original design; which fits perfectly in any handbag/travel bag. The styler also comes complete with a protective cover to shield it from any impurities and ensure it’s ready to use at any time.
The innovative teeth makes brushing through knots and tangles effortless. Since converting to Tangle Teezers I’ve noticed that my hair is less prone to breaking. I can always tell the health of my hair based on the amount that clogs up in my drain – sorry TMI. However, the sad truth about having a long mane means that hair fall is frequent and plentiful, but with the use of a Tangle Teezer, this has been minimised drastically.
Much like Moroccanoil, this amber hued elixir contains high levels of natural ingredients such as macadamia and argan oil.
Far better described as an intense leave-in conditioner, this oil promotes shine, moisture and split-end rescue for parched hair. The smallest amount is all it takes to turn unmanageable, straw-like hair into glossy tresses. The texture is definitely thicker than other brands on the market and the scent is slightly unbearable, but if it turns my mop into enviable angel hair then sign me up!
I opted for the travel version again as it’s very easy to transport, particularly on holiday. The glass bottle isn’t naturally travel friendly, but it’s light weight and holds a fair amount of product.
What are your favourite summer hair products? Comment below with suggestions of what I can try next.