How to look after summer hair: Beat the heat with this expert summer hair SOS

Has all this hot weather done wonders for your tan but left your hair in a bit of a tangled mess? Don’t despair! It’s time to bin the hat (well, not your fedora of course) and say hello to luscious locks – here’s how to look after summer hair from the experts

Look after summer hair with these expert tips

We have enjoyed the beautiful British weather of late just as much as everyone else, but it’s been a troublesome time for our tresses. Blue skies may put a smile on your face, but the daily dose of hot sunshine we’ve been experiencing, and the increase in humidity, makes hair dry, dull and lifeless! Help! Yes, our hair is going to need some serious TLC as we head into autumn. It’s time to look after summer hair and we have the expert tips to do so.

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What’s the answer to looking after summer hair? Ideally you would get your hair in tip top condition before the sun, sea and sand arrives, says celeb stylist, Phil Smith. “It’s important to get your hair trimmed every 8 weeks, especially in the run up to summer,” he says. “The effects of sun and sea will make split ends travel further and faster up your hair, which is extremely damaging, and will make your hair harder to manage.

“Colour your hair at least a week before your holiday, and avoid booking a last-minute appointment. The dye will damage the surface of your hair and will make your hair weak and prone to breaking, and you may also notice a change in the colour.”

This all sounds great. But as most of us will have been spending Saturdays at the park or attending barbeques rather than in the salon, prepping. What should we do?

“Invest in a shampoo and conditioner that will moisturise and repair your hair,” suggests Phil. “Treat your hair to an intensive conditioning treatment at least once a week to see an improvement in the condition of your hair. For an even more effective way of adding moisture, try adding a touch of heat. Pop the treatment on, wear a shower cap, and on a low hairdryer setting point towards the head for a few minutes.”

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So, anyone else feeling a little naughty and neglectful? Do not worry, here’s our summer survival guide whatever you #hairwoes may be.

Fight the frizz

Wispy bits, tangles and general lacklustre – yes, fighting the frizz is a challenge in the heat. And, if a touch of humidity makes your hair expand along the lines of Monica in that classic Barbados episode of Friends, then it’s time to give hair a smoothing, hydrating and repairing fix!


LIVING loves the new hair care range from Sisley. Launched in Feb, the Hair Rituel by Sisley range consists of six haircare products that are designed to treat both the hair and the scalp.

Hair Rituel Revitalizing Smoothing Shampoo with Macademia Oil £54.00 www.sisley-paris.com

Hair Rituel Restructuring Conditioner with Cotton Proteins 200ml £49.50 www.sisley-paris.com

The dryness struggle

Oh, the struggle is real. Excessive heat styling, colouring and general dehydration means hair can become drier than desert sand, literally. But, dry hair equals weak hair so you can expect brittle ends and much more breakage than normal. Your locks need hydrating, quick!



LIVING loves Phil Smith’s Coco-Licious range. Available exclusively from Sainsbury’s the range contains coconut oil to give a boost of moisture, protecting hair from the sun’s harmful rays.

Phil Smith Coco-Licious Coconut Oil Shampoo & Conditioner £3.50 each Sainsbury’s

Boost your colour 

Blonde for summer, right? Well, make sure it’s well cared for or you could be exiting the pool with dreaded green-tinged hair, thanks to a chlorine reaction. Too much sunshine can also make coloured hair fade and appear dull – not what you need when the rest of your holiday style is on point!


LIVING loves the HASK haircare range specifically tailored for blonde hair, free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, gluten and drying alcohol, this range uses deep blue violet colouring to banish any brassy tones with Argan Oil to give that moisture boost that blonde hair often craves.

HASK Blue Chamomile Blonde Care Shampoo & Conditioner £6.99 each Superdrug.com

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