How to Keep Your Hair Hydrated This Summer

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As the season of sun, sea and sand is upon us, we must remember to protect our hair as well as our skin. While floating about in the sea or a pool is one of life’s greatest pleasures, the toll it takes on hair is, while a small price to pay, no secret. The drying effect of a holiday routine that sees hair dipped in salt, chlorine and sun every day is something that can be at least minimised, if not avoided, with a good hair treatment.

Here are some of the best we know of:

 
Hydrating Melting Mask With Aloe Vera 200ml, £27 at christopherobin.co.uk

Hydrating Melting Mask With Aloe Vera 200ml, £27 at christopherobin.co.uk

 

The haircare range from the top French colourist, Christophe Robin offers some of the best hair treats in existence. While the tried and tested Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil presents a deeply nourishing treatment for lacklustre hair, we are enticed to try his new Hydrating Melting Mask With Aloe Vera for post-swim summer days due to aloe vera’s powerful hydrating properties. Fuss-free and ultra-light, it is said to melt into hair “for an instantly visible result.” It also comes in a handy 75ml size, perfect for travel.

 
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, from £19, available at  www.philipkingsley.co.uk

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, from £19, available at www.philipkingsley.co.uk

 

It is impossible to do an article on hair treatments without mentioning Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer. Originally created for Audrey Hepburn and the world’s first pre-shampoo conditioner, it is is the original cult product created by the renowned London-based Trichologist. Packed with powerful ingredients such as Castor Oil and Hydrolyzed Elastin to hydrate hair, it restores hair with elasticity, bounce and shine. A 75ml bottle is available in the brand’s “Jet Set” travel pouches too. And for an extra dose of summer, try the brand’s more recent addition to the range, Coconut Breeze Elasticizer, which is infused with coconut, jasmine & almond.

 
Treatment Mask by Ouai, £25 from theouai.co.uk

Treatment Mask by Ouai, £25 from theouai.co.uk

 

One young fast-moving player in the world of hair care is Ouai, a line launched in 2016 by Jen Atkin, a celebrity hairstylist who has tamed the tresses of pretty much everyone who is anyone… She counts Chrissy Teigen, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Gigi and Bella Hadid as some of her most loyal clientele and having travelled the world working on numerous shoots and fashion shows, she is quite the expert on hair care. Her range of shampoos and conditioners are sulfate-free and made for busy women in the real world. The award-winning Treatment Masque is one of the most popular products and for good reason. Made from Artichoke Leaf Extract to seal the cuticle and protect hair from future damage, it is quick and effective, softening strands within minutes!

Elizabeth Gaffney