Most of us have suffered from it at some point in our lives – the dreaded holiday hair, and whilst more and more of us are becoming holiday savvy when it comes to our skin, few pay attention to our hair. Hair reacts differently in other countries, and whether you are traveling to someplace hot or cold, your hair will require specialist products, in order to be able to cope with the changing environment.
We’ve selected the best products within the beauty industry, to make sure that you keep your hair looking at its best, all throughout your holiday.
Dry environments literally suck all the moisture out of the healthiest looking hair, and as such, rehydrating products are a must, if you are heading off to sunny climes. You can start off protecting your hair from the sun’s harsh rays, by shielding it with a conditioning spray, such as Philip Kingsley’s Daily Damage Defence Conditioning Spray – £22. This leave-in protective conditioning spray prevents your hair becoming brittle and dry by adding elasticity and provides defence from daily heat styling, breakage and environmental effects.
To keep your tresses looking silky smooth and lustrous, try a deep conditioning hair mask, such as ESPA Pink Hair & Scalp Mud Mask – £31. This mask uses unique mineral rich red clays to nourish and revitalise your hair intensely, and you can use it before and during your holiday, for extra replenishment.
Hair still needs moisture in cold climates, and you can combat the dryness effect with a good quality conditioner. Try Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition – 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment – £4.99, with three fruit oils that nourishes your hair to the core, reversing dryness in just 3 minutes.
Another problem when you are traveling in a cold country is the build-up of static electricity. Control it with Alterna Winter RX Anti-Static Spray – £22.55. This weightless spray instantly eliminates static, and works to seal and smooth the hair cuticle to reduce cling.
Frizzy hair is a major problem when the air around you is humid and damp. Tame your tresses with L’Oreal’s Hair Expertise EverSleek Smoothing Anti-Frizz Serum – £7.99. The smoothing anti-frizz serum is specially designed for frizzy, overworked hair and gives your hair a sleek look.
A good hair mask also works well to combat frizzy hair. Alterna’s Ten Hair Masque – £48.20 is a leave-in mask that adds softness to your curly or frizzy hair without weighing it down.
Frequent swimming in the sea or pool can have disastrous effects on your hair, turning bottle blondes a drab green, and stripping out vital nutrients. Malibu Wellness Swimmers Wellness Kit Hair Care Product Sets – £25, is the ideal package to take with you if you plan to do a lot of bathing. Containing an advanced vitamin complex, these products help to nourish, moisturize, strengthen and protect your hair, while preventing damage and discoloration.
Hair that is constantly underwater can absorb minerals and salts, and make hair look brittle and dry. Try Ion Swimmer’s Clarifying Treatment – £1.99, which safely removes swimmer’s green and chlorine build-up, and helps to restore hair to its natural beauty.