You may love summer holidays, but your hair is probably freaking out at the thought of being at the mercy of the heat. Because while you're soaking up the sunshine, basking in the heat and splashing in the sea, your favourite holiday pastimes are all taking their toll on your tresses.By the end of the season, it’s not just holiday post-blues you’ll be battling, there’ll split ends, faded colour and a dried out mane on your return.
"It is important to look after your hair before you go on holidays, when you are there, and also when you get home," says celebrity stylist Trevor Sorbie (www.trevorsorbie.com)."On holiday, your hair is exposed to many different elements such as the sun, sea and chlorine, which can all dry out your locks and make them brittle and weak."
Want to avpid a holiday hair hangover? Our top hair experts reveal how to prevent the beach perils and protect your tresses.
:: HERE COMES THE SUN
If you practically set up camp on the sun lounger when you're on vacation, you need to consider your hair in the same way as SPF for skin. Both need protection from damaging UV rays.
"The best way to prevent sun damage is by covering up with a hat," Sorbie suggests. "This will protect your hair from UV rays and help prevent hair from drying out. You can also try and use a leave-in conditioning spray whilst out in the sun to keep hair moisturised."
Try: Tigi Bed Head Some Like It Hot Heat & Humidity Resistant Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $28.95 and Conditioner, $29.95; Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe Shine Moisture Mask , $26.95; Redken Color Extend Shine Enrich, $27.00; Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $49.95.
:: WATER BABY
If you're happiest when you're submerged in the sea or doing laps in the hotel pool, your hair will need a beauty lifeguard on hand to save it from salt water and chlorine. Don't panic, you don't have to do your pool-side posing in an unflattering swimcap. Rinsing your hair with water immediately before and after swimming will remove chlorine and impurities and stop your hair drying out.
Trichologist Philip Kingsley says: "Chlorine is more likely to weaken the hair's structure, but salt water is very drying too, so you need to protect your hair in both sea and pool. There are a number of water-resistant products that contain sunscreens, which are ideal for application to the hair when swimming and in the sun."
Try: RPR De-chlorinate My Hair Shampoo, $15.95; De Lorenzo Instant rejuven8 Restructurant Leave-in Treatment Spray, $26.95; Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three (300mL), $19.95.
:: FRIZZ BEGONE!
Ever seen the Friends episode where Monica's hair explodes into a frizzy mess during a holiday to Barbados? "It's the humidity!" she squeals before eventually tackling the problem with corn rows. You don't have to go such extreme lengths...
"On more humid days, tie your hair back," advises stylist to the stars George Northwood, whose clients include It-girls Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
"If you leave your hair down it will react to the frizz. Opt for a bun - a ponytail will leave a dent in the hair. Undo the bun once your body temperature has cooled down and you are in a cooler environment."Frizz loves a parting so when drying your hair try to avoid creating a parting," Northwood says.
Try: Schwarzkopf Professional Osis MagCoiff Defense Pre-Style Thermal and UV Protectant, $50.00.
:: TAMED TRESSES
Quick-fix solutions for beach-babe locks:
1) Unruly curls or frizz? Slick hair back using a leave-in conditioner for a super-groomed look and an added moisture boost.
2) Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle hair after a day on the beach. Start at the ends and work upwards to avoid split ends.
3) A hot humid atmosphere can cause your style to wilt half-way through the night, so keep hair in place with a strong-hold hairspray.
4) Braid long hair with leave-in conditioner in the morning to keep you cool during the day. Remove in the evening for loose glossy curls and instant mermaid-like tresses.
5) Treat post-holiday hair to an intensive hair repair treatment mask to nourish sun-parched locks.