Holiday humidity, sun, chlorine, and sea spray can leave your holiday tresses a bit worse for wear. Like our skin, our hair is vulnerable to sun damage so it’s essential to show your locks some love over the summer.
Celebrity hairstylist, Jason Collier invited me down to Kitch salon for a hair glow up and the low down on how you can maintain fabulous highlighted hair this summer.
Jason whose clients include Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria shared his hair hacks while brightening up my blonde ready for the holiday season. He recommended I went for highlights as they are easier to maintain, keep their colour longer and are low maintenance. He explained, “The heat can often wreak havoc on the condition of your hair, especially if it’s coloured. When it comes to taking care of holiday hair there’s a few things you can do.”
Switch up your shampoo
Purple shampoo and conditioner are your ultimate besties for blonde. They will retain the vibrancy of your shade, while diminishing brassy and dull tones. Just remember to follow instructions, we’re going for gold, not purple. The Jerome Russell Bblonde Intense Silver No Yellow Shampoo is an intense sulphate free, professionally formulated shampoo for use on bleached, grey or super lightened hair. RRP £9.99, available from Superdrug.
Protect your hair
If you use a lot of styling tools, then you’ve got to incorporate into your hair care a heat protector. Whether its straighteners, wands or even just a hair dryer it’s important to protect your hair from the heat. Blonde hair especially will break and become dry. The BStyled Heat Protect Sleek Primer is lightweight and protects your hair from every day heat damage up to 230°C.
Cool it down
Hot showers cause hair colour to fade. Lukewarm temperatures work best when showering, so be sure to turn the dial down when it comes to shampooing.
Refresh summer hair
Highlights keep their colour longer and need to be re-done less. However, if you do need to give your summer hair a refresh then I love the Bblonde Blonding Brush from Boots, £19.99. It’s a heat-activated highlighting brush for gradual precision lightening, touching up highlights or to lighten mid-lengths and ends for a blonde refresh. It’s formulated with bond building technology to help nourish and strengthen hair whilst colouring. The purple pigments remove brassy tones you often get after being in the sun.
TLC for your tresses
Always wear a hat to avoid your hair drying out and colour fading. Investing in a good quality hair mask and popping it on when you get back from the beach or leaving it on overnight will hydrate and nourish dry, damaged hair. Bblonde Jplex Bond Maintainer Treatment is a professional hair bond strengthening system which is a great holiday hair treatment. Available on Amazon.
Tone, Tone, Tone
Over exposure to the sun can give your hair a yellow hue so you need to ensure you’re toning it regularly. The Jerome Russell Bblonde Semi Permanent toners neutralise yellow pigments to give you fresh bright blonde results for up to 16 washes, without the use of ammonia. RRP £7.99, available from Boots.
I left Jason armed with some top tips for looking after my hair and a stylish choppy lob, sprinkled with some fresh blonde highlights.