Keep damaged locks at bay: Holiday haircare essentials

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You've packed your suncream, organised travel insurance and got that all important pedicure: your holiday prep is in full swing. Whether you are exploring a new city, or relaxing on a beach somewhere exotic, looking after your hair should be a priority. Some preparation before you go and a little TLC when you're there will keep hair looking healthy so it's not just the Instagram-worthy holiday pics making friends green with envy!  

Prep it

First things first, before you jet off ensure that your hair is in the best condition possible. So, book in a hair cut even it's in just a trim. It'll help remove any split ends or damage so your hair is less likely to suffer further damage. If you're booked in for a colour, particularly highlights, mention to your stylist that you are going away. Being in the sun can cause your hair to lift two to three shades so they may recommend a tone darker.

Protect your locks

If you're one for relaxing by the pool, ONE option is to cover up your hair with a hat or wrap a brightly coloured scarf around your head and hair. This is a simple way to avoid damaging your locks with UV rays and also protects you from burning your scalp, whilst looking super stylish at the same time. UV rays can break down hair proteins and cause brittle damaged hair. This leaves hair at risk of further breakage when hair is hit from the wind, air conditioning and air pollution so it's really important to cover up if you can.

If covering up isn't your thing, make sure you pack some hair products that contain SPF to protect. You can also pamper whilst you relax by covering hair in leave in conditioner and wrapping it up. A great way to keep hair conditioned and calm frizz when styling in humid climates. Always remember to rinse hair after taking a dip in the pool as the chlorine in the water can discolour hair that has been highlighted or bleached. Swimming in the sea may give beachy waves thanks to the sea salt, but make sure you use a cleansing shampoo every couple of days to remove build up and avoid hair becoming brittle and dry. If your hair is super dry and damaged leave a conditioning mask on overnight to nourish.

Holiday hairstyling

When tackling knots and tangles hair after a day on the beach use a wide tooth comb and hold sections of hair detangling from ends upwards. Wet hair is stretchy and when the hair stretches it is in its most fragile state. Take a break from heat styling whilst away and air dry hair when you can. Adding a couple of drops of serum to hair when damp which will control frizz and smooth hair in humid temperatures.

Plaits are a great style to wear on holiday, as they keep hair out of your face and don't interfere with your swimming! Make sure you use suncream and dab along any exposed partings to avoid burning your scalp. Dutch plaits are a fantastic low-maintenance day to night style, simply shake out the daytime braids, style with fingers and a little wax for tousled beach waves. Switch to hair products such as waxes and pomades for styling hair in hotter temperatures as these perform better in the heat. Hairsprays can leave your locks feeling sticky and cause residue build up which can also cause irritation to your scalp when mixed with sun and swimming.  


Even if you thoroughly care for your hair on holiday, a week or two in warmer climates can damage the healthiest of locks. So, when you return home, not only can you prolong your tan by using a little coconut oil to moisturise your skin but also add some to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair to nourish and replenish. Use a cleansing shampoo followed by an intense moisturising mask to repair dry and damaged hair will also be helpful. You should also book in for a regular trim to remove ends and perhaps ask your stylist for a hot oil treatment for that extra pamper to leave hair glossy and full of shine.

Why not come into The Chapel and talk to one of our hair experts to organise your hair care routine for this summer season? They can advise on your cut and colour, and give you some handy hints and tips for looking after your locks. And don't forget to take a look at The Chapel blog for more great advice and styling tips. Happy holidaying!

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