It’s July, which means the summer holiday season is officially here! Hurray! Whether you’re off to sun yourself by a pool, explore amazing far-flung places, or you’ve got your tent ready to work the festival circuit, we know you’ll want to be having a great hair day in every single selfie. Priorities, right?
No matter where you’re jetting off to in search of fun and sun, we’ve got our essential tips (and plenty of must-have hair products) ready for you to make sure you have great hair all summer long.
Wet your hair before you swim, and rinse it afterwards
Undoubtedly the best thing about a summer holiday is the hours of relaxing by the pool or on the beach with a cocktail, taking the occasional dip to cool off. Or maybe you’re one of those super-motivated people who’s up early and in the pool to swim a few lengths before it gets busy. (No prizes for guessing which one we are.)
Either way, both chlorine and salt water are your hair’s holiday nemeses. Salt water seriously dehydrates your hair, while chlorine strips out natural oils that are there to protect your locks. What’s more, if your hair is coloured, chlorine can cause blonde tones to go green – eek! All-in-all, not good if you’re looking to maintain a perfectly tousled poolside look.
Our top tip for minimising damage caused by both chlorine and salt water is to completely drench your hair with clean water before you swim. If there’s a shower on the beach or by the pool use that, or use tap or bottled water. This is because your hair can only absorb a certain amount of liquid. If you get into a pool with dry hair, ALL that liquid is going to be chlorinated water. However, if you wet your hair thoroughly with clean water first then this acts like a barrier, minimizing the amount of pool or sea water that can be absorbed. After swimming, rinse your hair with clean water again to wash the chlorine or salt out right away.
For added protection, smooth Percy & Reed Wonder Cleanse & Nourish onto wet hair before you swim. Afterwards, simply rinse or shampoo and you won’t need to use a conditioner.
Braid your hair for swimming (and a bonus beach-tousled look!)
As well as wetting your hair thoroughly before swimming, you can reduce the damaging effects of chlorine and salt water even more by tightly braiding your hair before you get in the water. This reduces the surface area of the hair that’s exposed and therefore stops the chlorine or salt water getting to most of your hair. If you’re keeping your braid in, still remember to rinse it after swimming.
There’s an added bonus to braiding your hair to protect against chlorine and salt – it looks great when you take it out! For a zero-effort, beach-tousled look, braid your damp hair in the morning and keep it in during the day, then shake it out for the evening for beautiful waves. Use Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish to smooth any fly-aways and you’re ready to go.
Dry shampoo is your holiday life-saver
Dry shampoos are life savers for any holiday, no matter where you go or what you’re doing. If your hair gets a little sweaty from the heat during the day – hey, it happens to all of us – simply spray Percy & Reed's No Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo into your roots and shake it out using your fingertips. This will leave your hair feeling gorgeously fresh and clean, and you feeling fabulous again. If you have a fringe then dry shampoo is even more essential to get rid of oiliness and freshen up after a day out, ready for the evening.
Frizz-fighting hair products are your friend
We love the heat, but our hair doesn’t love the humidity. If your number one problem in hot weather is taming frizz and keeping your hair looking shiny rather than frazzled, then you definitely won’t want to find yourself without our Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery in your wash bag.
Dubbed the ultimate frizz-fighter (and the best hair treatment for dry hair that’s out there, if we may say so ourselves), this ingenious, leave-in overnight hair treatment is absorbed instantly into dry hair.
Simply apply it right before you get into bed at night, and while you sleep it’ll work its magic to nourish, rehydrate, and repair damage. Because it contains natural proteins, Wonder Overnight Recovery boosts your hair’s ability to retain moisture – this prevents it getting parched in the sun, and works to resist humidity all day long.
Our very own Percy describes it as: “The perfect holiday hair hack for those that struggle with frizzy hair”. We couldn’t agree more.
Be prepared, and pamper yourself!
Ready for even more good news ahead of your holiday? There’s no need to compromise your haircare routine when you’re flying with hand-luggage only! We’ve made sure you can pack all your favourite hair products with our new Percy & Reed Mix & Match Minis.
There are 14 mini holiday haircare heroes to choose from, including our Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm and No-Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo. What’s more, when you select four of our mini haircare products, you’ll also get an exclusive Percy & Reed travel pouch to carry them in.