Hair rescue hacks

Your hair may not be looking its best after the summer – chlorine, sea water and sunshine can leave your tresses looking frazzled and feeling dry.

Excessive styling can wreak havoc too and the colder months can cause their own unique damage to your hair’s lustre, from central heating and exposure to harsh winds.

Now is a good time to get your hair in good condition and help it recover from the summer.

Young girl caring for curly hair tips with yellow oil

VIP hair stylist Edward James has tamed the tresses of many A-list celebrities and he knows how to create red carpet-ready style and shine. He gives his top tips for rescuing tired, dull and dry hair…

Use a co-wash rather than a shampoo

Using a co-wash – short for conditioner-only washing – won’t strip the hair of its natural oils. Using shampoo too often will dry out your hair whereas co-washing allows to hair to retain its natural oils while offering a mild cleanse.

Apply 6-10 drops of oil daily

This could be almond, Moroccan or olive oil. Apply to wet hair. This addition to your daily beauty regime will replenish the moisture balance in your hair.

Go Brazilian

A Brazilian blow-dry treatment is your best bet when it comes to getting your hair strengthened. It is not a chemical that restructures the hair, but a replenishing treatment. The process transforms the hair by using natural sources of keratin, which penetrates the hair and repairs internal damage and coats the hair to prevent further damage, resulting in smooth, silky and straight hair.

Get regular trims – even if you’re growing your hair

This will stop the ends from splitting and looking frayed, making your hair healthier. When ends split and are severely damaged, they can cause breakage and that breakage travels up the hair shaft.

And if you have a late summer holiday to take…

If you blow-dry your hair, bring your own dryer on holiday. Hotel dryers tend to be very hot but not very powerful, so they burn the hair instead of drying it and overall it will take longer to dry.

Sun protection isn’t just for your skin; your hair needs it too. A hair-friendly sun spray will provide a UV filter for your hair and scalp but will not make it greasy.

Lastly, remember to take a colour-toning conditioner on holiday, this will prevent your highlights from going brassy or brunette hair from fading to red-orange.

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