I’ve always slathered on the SPF cream (ok, sometimes oil too), the minute the sun comes out for fear of resembling a leather handbag in later life. My face in particular, I would quite like to stay looking on the right side of youthful for a few more years to come. I’m all for growing old gracefully, but that age old adage, ‘prevention is better than cure’, was drilled into me by my mum when I was younger, and it’s stayed with me. My skincare regime is product heavy (I use around 8 products morning and night) and I’m forever smearing on face masks and anti-ageing concoctions to ward off the wrinkles.
I will however, hold my hand up and say I ALWAYS forget to show my hair the same level of TLC. From sulphate-rich supermarket shampoos (terrible) to continual knots secured with elastic bands and jetting off to the sun with no thought for the damage it’s doing. I rarely give my hair a second thought, but of course expect it to continue growing (#longhairgoals) and looking shiny and Instagram worthy at all times. Realistic right?
HELL NO. Hair needs just as much of a helping hand as your skin does and after recently going (much) blonder, or ‘bronde’, should I say, I’ve realised that dry mid-lengths, lack of shine and split ends are an unwelcome addition to this colour change.
Whether or not you’re blonde, ‘bronde’, black or ginger haired however, the fact remains the same. YOUR LOCKS NEED LOVIN. With that in mind, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite pampering products for the summer months, along with some styling products I swear by too…
STYLE KIT: (shop the products below)
L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert Silver Shampoo (not pictured): Recommended to me by pretty much every hairstylist I’ve ever visited, this is the holy grail of saviours for lightened hair. Not just for blondes, this purple shampoo immediately ‘cools’ down orange tones and brassy streaks, brought on by sun, sea, chlorine and heat styling. I use this instead of my normal shampoo and leave it on for a few minutes each time. Absolute essential on holiday.
Christophe Robin Moisturising Hair Oil With Lavender: I recently went to Mykonos for a week, and a combo of newly blonded hair, serious sun and insane winds (it’s known as the windy island), meant my hair was hating life. I smoothed this oil through my hair dry, left it in overnight and washed it out the day next and OMG, is it silky, smooth, shiny hair in a bottle. Not only did my hair stay frizz-free for a day or two after, but it smelt pretty damn great too.
H&M In Between Days Dry Shampoo: I don’t know about you, but most dry shampoos smell like Palma Violets (hated them when I was younger, still hate them now) or leave your day sticky rather than matte. Not this. It smells like holidays and not only does it absorb any sweat and oil, it boosts volume too. I spritz this through my hair once dry and it works a treat for amplifying flat roots.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Amyris Hair Mist: Totally extravagant, a complete non-necessity and forever stored in my handbag, this hair mist is my favourite summer essential by far. I’m already a fan of the main perfume, so a hair variant is an added bonus. Strangely, I prefer the hair version, it’s lighter, fresher and seems to linger for longer. I like the idea that every hair flick of mine leaves a scent in it’s swooshing, and this one smells like the dream.
Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier: I use this as an extra conditioner. I spray it liberally through after towel drying my hair and the difference it makes is major. Whereas my hair usually dries into a frizzy catastrophe (pre curling or straightening), this actually allows me to leave my hair au natural after blowdrying it. Winning. It smells amazing and also acts as a heat protector… fancy pants.
L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Next Day Hair: I don’t use this as a dry shampoo, in fact sprayed directly into the roots I think it makes your hair look slightly greasy. What it is a pro for, is texture and volume. I wave my hair most days, then pull out the waves for a looser, messier look. I then spray this through the mid lengths and ends for a beachy, boho wave and it works like a dream.