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How to avoid holiday hair hell

Sunbathing and swimming may work wonders to relax the mind, body and soul, but for hair it’s an entirely different matter. That's why the hair experts at Hairtrade.com have looked into a few simple ways you can recommend to customers to stop their hair becoming a dry frazzled mess while enjoying their well-earned time away.

A spokesperson at Hairtrade.com says: “A summer holiday is a time to relax and unwind so most people will want to partake in plenty of sunbathing on the beach and swimming in the pool or sea.

“But while the body feels rejuvenated from being in the outdoors and having fun, hair suffers from being exposed to the harsh salty sea, hot temperatures and chlorine which it isn’t use to, often resulting in dry, unhealthy hair."

Here are their top 10 tips:

Get a haircut
Freshly trimmed hair stands a better chance on holiday as locks will be at their healthiest once all the dry and split ends have been cut away.

Wear a hat
Donning a hat is a great idea to protect the hair from the heat, it will also keep the head cool during the day.

Brush less
Customers should try and avoid brushing their hair as much as possible and when they do, to use a wide toothed comb and plenty of conditioner to minimise damage.

Apply conditioner or oil to the ends
Applying leave in conditioner or hair oil to the ends of hair before they head for the beach or pool will help prevent split ends forming and give hair extra protection against chlorine and sea salt.

Leave it in
Whether they're lounging by the pool or heading to the beach, customers should pop in a good amount of leave in conditioner and wear their hair in a bun or plait – it will stay swept back off the face in the heat and will give their locks a good moisture soak.

Stay clear of lemon juice
Lemon juice is often used to lighten up locks, but the acid in lemon juice can have a drying, abrasive effect on hair so best to steer clear of it whilst on holiday. 

Wear sun lotion on the scalp
The scalp is often a forgotten area for applying sun cream, but it’s important that a thin layer is applied as the scalp is sensitive and can cause irritation if burnt.

Apply treatments
Hair conditioning masks work wonders if left on overnight or even for half an hour, as they replenish the moisture lost through exposure to sun, sea salt and chlorine. A mask should be generously applied to washed hair and left in for as long as it can be – even a 10-minute soak will make all the difference.

Wear product with SPF
There are plenty of styling mousses and serums on the market that contain SPF, so customers can try adding these into their haircare routine before stepping out in the sun to prevent damage.

Rinse hair post swim
Customers should endeavour to rinse their hair thoroughly after each dip in the pool or sea to wash away any chlorine and sea salt residue that may be lingering.

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