With summer in full swing (although you’d hardly believe it by the amount of rain that’s fallen lately), you may be thinking about getting away somewhere hot and sunny, or perhaps you’ve recently returned from a holiday. I don’t know about you, but when I travel, caring for my hair is usually the last thing I think about and I always regret it afterwards. When I got back from Bulgaria last month, my hair was like straw because of the scorching sun.
I’ve had a hair cut to get rid of split ends and invested in a hair mask since, so thankfully my tresses are in tip-top condition once again! However, as I know many of my readers are jetting off abroad to sunnier climates soon, I thought it would be useful to share some holiday hair care tips to help ensure you don’t end up with sun-damaged hair.
I asked other bloggers what their top holiday hair care tip is, and here’s what they told me:
1. Take extra care with blonde hair
“With blonde highlighted hair, it is essential to protect the colour when travelling – sun, chlorine and the differences in water composition across the world can result in blonde hair becoming dull and brassy and, shock, horror, can even give hair a green tinge! My secret weapon is silver shampoo – it contains pigments which counteract the brassy orange and yellow colours which can develop with build up, and brings back my cool blonde tones. It’s my travel staple and the one item I am guaranteed to pack for my adventures!”
2. Simplify your styling regime
“A summer holiday is the perfect time to let your hair take a breather from your usual hair care routine. As a curly-haired girlie, I like to ditch the endless oils and creams. Swap for a lightweight, water based spray that your hair will find easier to absorb. For days when you’re not at the beach, use a salt spray to recreate beach waves. Packing light in the hair care department means you’ll have room for that extra bikini!”
— Row Bow (pictured below) is a fashion and beauty blogger at What Row Chose… styling it out with Disney Princess vibes.
3. Use UV spray
“Invest in a UV protective spray and before a day in the sun, spritz it through your hair and tie it in a simple plait. This should help to prevent the worst of the sun damage and keep your head looking healthier! Essential oils work really well, too.”
— Laura Gois is a Liverpool-based travel blogger writing about affordable travel, food and lifestyle over at Wander With Laura.
4. …And heat protector spray
Shannon AR Bryson says “I use heat protector spray on my hair and roots to protect my scalp from burning and to help my hair with sun damage.”
— Shannon writes A Thought With Me, a lifestyle and alternative beauty blog based in Scotland.
“If travelling to an area with hard water, take a hair mask as well as conditioner. This is especially necessary if you live in a soft water area normally.”
— Fiona Abbey is a Glasgow girl with a serious tea addiction, and she blogs at From Fiona
6.Keep brightly coloured hair vibrant
“The best way of keeping the colour fresh on the road was by mixing good-quality keratin conditioner in to half a pot of dye (I used Manic Panic, but it would work with any brand). I’d wash only the roots with a really small amount of shampoo, rinse it out with cold water, then I’d cover my hair in blue conditioner and leave it in for at least 20 minutes (the longer the better), rinse it out with cold water, and my hair was shiny and super-blue. If you get a small pot, it’s really easy to carry around, and you can ration it out so it goes the distance. I did this every four days or so, or when it was super-dry or faded.”
— Charlotte Karp (pictured below) is a writer editor, traveller, wearer of enormously-tall shoes, and owner of travel site and story-sharing platform, The Global Shuffle.
7. Invest in a sulphate-free shampoo and a hair mask
“Switch to a sulphate-free shampoo and invest in a decent hair mask! Wear a hat to keep your hair out of the sun too, and avoid heat styling.”
— Daniella Keating is a UK lifestyle, beauty and fashion blogger over at Freshly Pressed Beauty
8. Get a hair cut before you go on holiday“I always book a hair cut before going away as damaged hair will just get worse in the heat. Rinse hair well with clean water after being in chlorine and invest in a decent hair mask!”
— Fashion blogger, Gemma Dorling writes over at Life’s a Catwalk
9. Use oils
“I do a very Indian thing – I use some kind of oil. Either coconut oil, almond oil or other and use this on my hair after a day in the sun. Its adds a lot of moisture to your hair and really helps reverse the sun damage.”
— Fashion and Frappes are travel, fashion and lifestyle bloggers writing in the UK and India.
10. Condition your hair
“The biggest thing for me is conditioner! My favourite is the Aussie Three Minute Miracle and I will use this every other day while I’m on holiday. I also pop a little bit of argan oil on my wet hair straight after washing. I try to avoid using my hairdryer as much as I possibly can, as it’s already warm! And…now this is a weird one – if you’ve got blonde hair and you’re in and out of the pool it can leave you with a greenish tinge – a spoonful of ketchup on your locks will sort you right out!”
— Samantha Wragg writes the food, travel and lifestyle blog, Coco Travels.
11. Ditch the straighteners
“I always embrace the holiday spirit, leave behind my hair straighteners as my hair gets frazzled enough in the sun, and instead pack my Aurora band to give me lovely just-out-of-the-surf curls while away.”
— Emma Maslin is the author of the money-saving, family and travel blog, The Money Whisperer.
12. Treat your tresses to a deep conditioning treatment
“I always do a deep conditioning treatment on my hair before going away (that could be coconut oil, conditioner or a hair mask left on my head overnight – or as directed if it’s a mask) then while I’m away, I try not to add any extra heat (dry naturally and minimal straightening) then if I can, I try not to wash it everyday (just a rinse with water) to keep some nutrients in.”
— Hannah Nicklin is a South Wales-based food and lifestyle blogger over at Miss Nicklin, pictured below with hairdresser, Mark Wright.
13. Buy a decent hair serum
“Before going on holiday, I always purchase a hair serum to keep my hair shiny and frizz free!”
— Georgia R. Knight writes about fashion and beauty, lifestyle, health and fitness and travel.
14. Use dual voltage straighteners and give ‘plopping’ a go
“If you’re someone with curly hair, it is possible to travel with a hair straightener, however it’s best to have one that is dual voltage, otherwise you risk frying your hair straightener if you don’t have a converter. I also swear by a thing called plopping, which involves putting your hair into a tight head wrap around your head to let it dry with suppressing the frizz.”
— Karen Alexis is a travel blogger over at Wanderlustingk.
15. Freshen up hair with dry shampoo
“I have naturally very straight, thin hair. It’s a nightmare for travelling in hot countries, because it gets oily so quickly and the sweat shows straight away! My tip: a good quality shampoo with cool water and bringing dry shampoo to freshen up half way through the day! I usually have my hair tied up or in a French braid for daytime activities and then in the evening when I’m out I spray on some Batiste and I’m good to go! The sun also wreaks havoc, so daily conditioners really help it prevent it from getting too dried out.
— Elise is a travel blogger from the UK usually based in Southeast Asia. After living in Cambodia, several years she’s taking a cooler break & living in Canada. Her blog is called Travel, Work, Play.
16. Pay attention to highlights when you get home.
“My tip is for when you get back home. If you’ve got highlighted hair, no matter how careful you were, the colour will probably be looking brassy. A shampoo like A Touch of Silver works like magic to neutralise and restore the right shades of blonde. It’s a great stopgap before you go back to the hairdresser.
— Gail Hanlon writes Is This Mutton?, a blog about fashion and beauty for stylish women aged 40+.
17. Avoid tying hair up when it’s wet
“Try not to tie your hair up when it is still wet from the pool/sea, as hair is weaker when it’s wet and more likely to break. If you really need to tie it up, use a soft band or scrunchie that won’t tug on your hair.”
–Jenna Barton writes Essex-based food blog, Another Blogging Foodie
So, there you have it – 17 ways to care for your hair whilst on holiday! Make sure you follow these tips to ensure your hair doesn’t end up as frazzled as mine was – at one point, my hair was falling out and thinning badly! There is some evidence to suggest UV rays can cause these kinds of problems, but if you suspect that this has happened to you, don’t panic – see your GP for advice and research restorative hair techniques like Advanced Tricho Pigmentation Treatment.
What’s your top holiday hair care tip?
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