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When it comes to holiday beauty essentials, we pack the SPF and stock up on the perfect summer makeup, but what about hair care? It's something that often gets overlooked on the packing list, resulting in a sad, dry and neglected mane. Before you jet off on your hols this year, stock up on these must-have products to maintain luscious locks that defy the summer sun.

1. Keep that colour

Summer is the season when hair has to contend with its number one enemy: chlorine. It sucks out the moisture, breaks down molecules in coloured hair (especially redheads) and there's the dreaded blonde-gone-green look. Keeping your hair tied up when you take a dip will help, but you really should be shampooing your hair as soon as you get back to the hotel room to keep that colour from fading. Opt for a sulphate-free shampoo and nourishing conditioner that have been developed with your hair colour in mind to fight back against the damage. A quick chat with one of our in-salon stylists will determine which product is right for you.

2. Protect, protect, protect

You wouldn't go out in the sun without your SPF, so why should your hair be any different? Whether you're soaking up the rays poolside or are making the most of the (short) British summer, UVA and UVB rays damage the cuticle (the outside cover of each hair), leaving it dry, brittle and broken. Be sure to pack some UV hair protector and reapply regularly throughout the day, just as you would with your sunscreen. A spray formula makes it quick and easy to keep on top of, so there's no excuses.

3. Think multi-use

Packing light? Get yourself a multi-purpose product. The Redken One United Multi-Benefit Treatment tackles all your hair woes in one travel-friendly bottle. Super lightweight yet extremely nourishing, it delivers 25 (yes, 25!) benefits to your hair, leaving it looking softer, stronger and easier to manage. Plus, it works on all hair textures!

4. Oil it up

An oil is guaranteed to be your summer hair saviour. Seriously, pack it now and thank us later. Not only does it add the hydration your hair will be craving, but you can even apply a generous amount before going in the pool to create a barrier between your precious locks and the dreaded chlorine.

5. Bring out the big guns

On holiday, your hair has a lot to contend with. From sun damage and chlorine to air-con, your hair deserves some TLC. In that post-beach, pre-evening out relaxation time, pop on a hair mask to deliver some much needed nourishment to your lengths. The Kérastase Masque Apres Soleil has been specially designed to combat the drying effects of sun, sand and salt exposure thanks to the coconut-water-enriched formula.

6. Rock the waves

Love that textured look from a day at the beach but hate the feel? You need a sugar spray which is a great alternative to a salt spray just not so dehydrating to your sunkissed mane. A few sprays of this texturising mist delivers those effortlessly cool, beachy waves without having to set foot in the sea. Quick and easy to use, it's the perfect styling product to use when it's hot and the last thing you want is to be using unnecessary heat.

Are you getting ready for your next holiday? Don't go anywhere without popping into the salon for a chat with one of our expert stylists. They'll be able to recommend the perfect products for your hair type, colour and style to keep it looking salon fresh, even through the holiday heat and humidity.

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