It’s easy to let the excitement of an oncoming holiday have you forget how to care for your precious mane before jetting off to sun drenched sands. Your hair can be one of the most sun damaged features after a holiday and its easy to forget that looking after it before is key to maintaining its health whilst away.
Jo Hansford has recently launched her own hair care range designed to prevent colour fade, enrich and nourish any hair type with a blend of natural oils including Pomegranate, Argan and Jojoba. The Illuminoil is a favourite with its luxurious ‘liquid gold’ blend of ingredients that is lightweight and leaves hair glossy and protected.
With summer fast approaching check out our round up of top tips to keep your hair healthy, shiny and perfectly sun-kissed – without the unruly post holiday damage.
Tip 1 – Stay Natural
Try not to colour your hair immediately before a summer holiday as the sun will always fade your colour. On average roots will need tinting every six weeks so I always recommend coming in two to three weeks before your holiday and then your roots will be ready for a touch up on your return.
Tip 2 – Masque The Moisture In
It is important that you get your hair into excellent condition before going on holiday as this will help prevent damage. Try to keep your hair hydrated to counteract the drying that is likely to occur when away. The Jo Hansford Intensive Masque is the perfect way to boost moisture levels, use twice a week before you go and you will see the condition of your hair improve.
Tip 3 – Cover up
Always think about protecting your hair in the same way that you would your skin. The sun can be hugely drying and the damage can take a long time to reverse when you get back so always keep your hair covered whilst sunbathing or swimming.
Tip 4 – UV Protection
Use products containing UV filters to provide a layer of protection from the sun. The Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Leave-In Conditioner has been created for this purpose, a light protective mist with natural ingredients to protect the colour and condition.
Tip 5 – Keep Away from Chlorine
Chlorine can be known to give blonde hair a nasty green tinge if the hair is not washed after continuous swimming. Make sure you shampoo your hair after a dip in the pool and wear a swimming cap when possible. If you do experience a green tinge after swimming, wash your hair and on the final rinse, mix 12 aspirin in warm water and rinse through your hair – this will turn your hair back to blonde again! Alternatively, Tomato Ketchup works in the same way!
Tip 6 – Hydrate Your Hair
Sunshine and salt water both have a severe drying effect on the hair. Dry hair is more likely to fade so keep your hair hydrated whilst you are away. The sun is particularly harsh on highlighted and bleached hair, as unlike tinted hair, a bleached hair cuticle has already been stripped and therefore is more porous. Use Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Intensive Masque to lock moisture in and then some.
Tip 7 – Go Au Natural
Keep your holiday style simple – go with the flow of the style or cut, do not worry about a stray wave or curl! Use Jo Hansford Illuminoil™ to accentuate your natural movement. The humidity will always make your hair curl.
Tip 8 – Plait Perfect
Plaits and braids are the perfect holiday style. If you don’t want to blow dry your hair whilst you are away, apply a leave-in conditioner such as Jo Hansford Expert Colour Care Leave In Conditioner and plait your hair when it is wet for your first style. You can then take the plait down the following day to leave you with fabulous beachy waves!
Tip 9 – Humid Hair
Heading to a humid climate? Carry a travel sized gel and mini Illuminoil™ in your handbag. If your hair turns frizzy, mix the same amount of gel and serum together in the palm of your hand and pat sparingly over your hair. Run your hands through your hair very lightly. The serum will de-frizz and the gel will re-set your hair.
Tip 10 – Oil Up
Oils are a great product for summer when you’re hair is at high risk of getting frazzled and tangled on the beach, simply smooth on hair oil and you’ll get smoother, sleeker hair in seconds! They are also great for soothing your scalp if you have been exposed to too much sun.