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‘You tend to fiddle with your hair more in the summer, as the heat means you’re constantly moving it off your face and neck,’ says hairdresser Petros Mairoudhiou at Trevor Sorbie. ‘But the more you agitate it, the more you’re encouraging frizz. Get out of the habit by pinning back front sections, even if the rest is loose, or wear a headband to keep it off your face and neck.’
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‘People often forget their scalp and hairline when applying suncream, but your hair won’t cover all that skin, so it needs protecting,’ says Clare O’Connor, Boots suncare expert. ‘Wear a hat when you’re in the sun and try a lightweight spray for your head and hair. Alternatively, use your regular suncream and rub it into your parting.’ A parting-free hairstyle that hides your scalp can help, too – Petros suggests a slicked-back ponytail or bun.
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‘Don’t apply conditioner before swimming – it gives chlorine something to stick to’
Your locks are exposed to more heat in the summer, so it’s a good idea to ditch those hot appliances. ‘Hair can only take so much before it weakens and breaks,’ explains celebrity hairstylist Neil Moodie. ‘Some heated tools have a maximum temperature of 210°C – more than double that of boiling water.’ Still keen for your hair to dry quickly? Wrap it in a highly absorbent towel after washing.
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You guzzle more water when it’s hot, so why not give your hair extra moisture, too? ‘The heat and sun will dry it out,’ says Neil. ‘So swap your regular conditioner for a leave-in formula. This will give hair time to absorb ingredients and help lock in moisture, leaving strands feeling nourished. Add a once-a-week mask to your routine if your hair is particularly dry, and leave it on for at least 20 minutes.’
‘You don’t have to lie on a beach for the sun to affect the tone of your hair,’ says top colourist Lisa Shepherd. ‘Even a daily walk to the bus stop can strip away that shiny, post-colour finish.’ Keep it looking fresh by using an in-shower treatment once a fortnight, and disguise roots with a brush-on concealer. ‘Tonal shampoos and conditioners can help banish brassy yellow or orange tones,’ adds Lisa.
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