9 ways to protect and repair your dry, damaged hair in summer according to experts
By Katie Wright
Just when we thought there weren't any more complaints we could wring
out of the seemingly never-ending sweat-fest that is summer 2018 - with
sauna-like commutes, sleepless nights, wilting gardens and anger at not
having booked a staycation topping the hot list - along came another
irritation: heatwave hair.
This beauty bete noire is even worse if you've been on a sunshine-filled
holiday, and comes with the added bonus that everyone gets to enjoy
their own particular version of hair hell.
"Over-exposure to sun, sea and sand or chlorine can cause damage to the
hair. Signs of damage mainly include bleaching out or fading of colour,
dryness, split ends and increased flyaways or frizz," says Luke
Hersheson, John Frieda UK creative director. "Generally, thicker,
coarser and darker hair is more resilient to the UVA/UVB rays. This type
of hair tends to be less dry as a result of over-exposure. This is
because oil tends to reside in the pigment of darker coloured hair."
But even thick, dark hair can suffer in summer.
"The hotter weather and summer holidays can affect all hair types,
regardless of texture," warns John Vial, co-founder of Salon Sloane.
"However, coloured hair is prone to greater absorption as it tends to be
Hersheson agrees: "If you've lightened your hair, you need to be more
careful as you've partially started stripping away the natural oil along
with the pigment."
So what can we do to fight these folicular foes? It's about prevention
and cure, the experts say, knowing what to do - and what not to do -
before and after exposure to the elements.
Whether you're heading off on hols or feeling the effects of the
heatwave back home, here they offer nine ways to look after your
1. Cover up
"There are some basic and easy rules to protecting your hair - the most
obvious being wearing a sun hat or headscarf. This will act as a
physical barrier between yourself and the sun," Hersheson advises.
2. Slather on SPF
Vial says: "Like with our skin, the sun can also damage our hair and
scalp - if a hat isn't your style, use a good quality SPF for your hair
to stop the chlorine penetrating each shaft of the hair. I'd also
recommend using colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner as this will
3. Mask while you bask
He continues: "Whilst on the beach, a great way to look after hair is to
put a treatment on the mid-lengths and ends and then put it in a braid -
this will provide nourishment whilst keeping hair off your face whilst
4. Tame those tangles
"Brush hair twice a day to keep tangles at bay," Vial says. "Start at
the ends and work slowly up the shaft to avoid knots collecting."
5. Hydrate from the inside
It's not just what you put on your hair that matters: "Start from the
inside out," Vial says. "Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep
hair and skin hydrated. Also eating lots of oily fish will promote shine
and add nourishment."
6. Try a treatment
"A deep conditioner is incredible at restoring hair health," Hersheson
recommends. "I love the John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Deep
Conditioner. It's a rich, yet lightweight deep conditioner that is
perfect for protecting and repairing all dry and damaged hair types,
including colour-treated hair. If you have curlier hair, the John Frieda
Frizz Ease Dream Curls Deep Conditioner is perfect."
"For complete control and repair of rebellious hair we offer ultimate
treatment from KeraStraight," says Harry Wiffen, senior stylist, Trevor
Sorbie. "The treatment is a protein based hair smoother and repairing
treatment. The treatment has the added benefit of holding blow-dries for
longer and works to limit the effects of humidity on frizz prone hair."
7. Half the heat
"Minimise the use of heat appliances as these will only do further
damage to already dry hair," Vial warns.
8. Add an oil
"Hair oils are a great solution to help put moisture back into damaged
hair," Vial advises. "Depending on how damaged the hair is, I'd
recommend using them once or twice a week, applying it through the
mid-lengths to the ends - putting it on the roots of the hair can
potentially reduce volume."
9. Chop and change
"Prevention is better than cure," Vial says. "I always advise my clients
to never let it get to the stage where the hair has become damaged,
however, if you have allowed it to happen, then the first thing to do is
to book in for a cut to remove the damaged ends."
Holiday heroes: products to shield and soothe
Calypso Sun & Sea UV Hair Protection, £4, Amazon
Philip Kingsley Swimcap, £17
Duck & Dry Instant TLC Leave-In Conditioner, £17
John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Rescue Deep Conditioner, £6.99,
Batiste Dry Shampoo & Hydrate, £4.25, Boots (available August 1)
Trevor Sorbie Precious Oils Shine Oil, £8.99
Nuxe Sun Moisture Protective Milky Oil For Hair Spray, £8.33 (from