Yes, we know, we’ve been loving the summer heat, too. While the warmer months have blessed us with a glowing tan, cute freckles and brighter hair, our locks aren’t exactly thanking us.
The combination of sun, sea and sand can be super drying and lead to frazzled hair that’s crying out for a detox.
In fact, ghd UK ambassador, Zoe Irwin, who has worked with the likes of Little Mix and Holly Willoughby, says every single one of us should be embarking on a post-summer hair detox.
“Post summer is the best time to refresh your hair routine and to give your hair a detox so that it can recover from environmental stress including over exposure to the sun and chlorine,” she said.
“The change in season can have repercussions on your hair health as well as your body and skin.”
Right, that’s enough to convince us, so how do we *actually* perform one then? In three very simple steps, that’s how.
1. Try A Treatment
“Although the underneath section of hair isn’t the most exposed to damage in summer months, it does feel the effects of sun, sea and heat and is the part of your hair that will make your overall hair look and feel healthier if it’s looked after,” she said. She recommends using a split end treatment, which helps bind broken fibres together to strengthen fragile and damaged hair. Use it every 5 washes before blow-drying and then use a hairdryer to seal it in.
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2. Invest In A Paddle Brush
“Paddle brushes are key in the seasonal transition period. The big, flat shape is smoothing and anti-static, so it’s the ideal fix for hair suffering from the wet and drying conditions of summer,” she said.
Sweeping your paddle brush along the scalp lightly can help stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp. Paddle brushes are the gentlest form of brush as the rounded end ensures you cannot scratch the scalp and the evenly spread out plastic bristles cause less tension with fibre interaction when detangling to ensure the scalp isn’t damaged.
3. Massage Your Scalp
“Massaging your scalp daily for 10 minutes has an incredible effect on the hair,” reveals Zoe.
“It will relieve tension and also increase the blood flow for thicker, healthier, longer hair.”
And who doesn’t want that?