Dry, frizzy and frag­ile... give your parched hair a new lease of life.

Are you suf­fer­ing from beach bar­net burnout? Sarah Jos­sel has ex­pert tips to tame the frizz and re­store lus­tre to your locks

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Typ­i­cal. You lust af­ter cooler climes so you can sport sun-kissed, wavy beach styles that are rul­ing the run­way – but ac­tu­ally, with sand, a splash of salt wa­ter and a sur­feit of sun­shine, come the end of Oc­to­ber you’re the proud owner of a full head of straw. Ac­cord­ing to the tri­chol­o­gist Dr Ak­shay Ba­tra of Dr Ba­tra’s Homeopathy clin­ics, UV rays have a sim­i­lar ef­fect to bleach on hair as they strip it of its colour. They dam­age the cu­ti­cles of the hair shaft, mak­ing it sus­cep­ti­ble to pol­lu­tion and dust and re­sult­ing in dry, brit­tle and of­ten bro­ken hair. So if you didn’t wear a swimming cap dur­ing re­cent jaunts to the pool or the beach (and re­ally, who does?) or ap­ply hair sun­screen (again, who does — cov­er­ing up your body took long enough, right?), then here’s how to win the bat­tle for bet­ter hair.

POOL PROB­LEMS

Chlo­rine is a key cul­prit be­hind dry locks as it can strip hair of nat­u­ral oils. Use Sacha­juan Dry Hair sham­poo (Dh115, Bloom­ing­dale’s Dubai) to gen­tly rid hair of any built-up

im­pu­ri­ties, then seek out a sil­i­cone-rich serum such as John Frieda Frizz Ease Mirac­u­lous Re­cov­ery Crème Serum (Dh60 at Boots) to re­store silk­i­ness and mois­ture. If you have de­vel­oped an un­in­ten­tional green tint (a com­mon prob­lem among bot­tle blondes), then book in for a gloss­ing treat­ment us­ing Dia Richesse Clear in 15Vol (from Dh275), sug­gests Emma Louise Cos­grove, stylist and colourist at Pas­tels Sa­lon, Mer­cato Mall, Dubai.

A PARCHED PART­ING

As if try­ing to de­tan­gle brit­tle hair ev­ery morn­ing isn’t enough of a drag, you may also be con­tend­ing with a part-burnt, part-flaky scalp. ‘Be gen­tle,’ Dr Ba­tra ad­vises. ‘Swap your reg­u­lar sham­poo for a sooth­ing, more sen­si­tive op­tion that matches the PH lev­els of your scalp.’ Philip Kings­ley Ex­fo­li­at­ing

Scalp Mask (Dh46 at Areej) lifts away dead skin cells and soothes dry­ness. Also switch the po­si­tion of your part­ing through­out the day to avoid over­ex­pos­ing one sec­tion, rock a top knot and keep that hat on.

DREADED DRY­NESS

‘Pump a cou­ple of drops of Oribe Gold Lust Nour­ish­ing Hair Oil (Dh240, Har­vey Ni­chols) into your con­di­tioner for a mois­ture boost,’ says Miffy Goknil, se­nior stylist at Aer Blowdry Bar. ‘Both al­mond and ar­gan oil are ideal for soft­en­ing and hy­drat­ing.’ Spray on a leave-in con­di­tioner such as Aussie Mir­a­cle

Hair In­sur­ance (about Dh25 at feelu­nique.com) daily. Keras­tase Nu­tri­tive Nutri-Ther­mique Masque (Dh215) nour­ishes ex­tremely dry hair, says Emma. ‘Spread through tow­eldried hair then rinse off. And avoid too much di­rect heat from tools.’

NAUGHTY KNOTS

Take it easy with your sun-dried locks as it’s more brit­tle, ‘with lots of tiny raised cu­ti­cles that tan­gle easily,’ Dr Ba­tra says. ‘Don’t rush the de­tan­gling process and rip through knots.’ Take your time, use de­tan­gling sprays and in­vest in a brush that has flex­i­ble, rounded plas­tic prongs. Give the editor-ap­proved Tan­gle Teezer (Dh95) a go: it will tri­umph over even the tough­est of twists.

STYLE IT OUT

While we love tonged waves, pok­er­straight dos and bouncy blow-dries, the key to nurs­ing sun-drenched hair is min­i­mal tools and main­te­nance. Work

Bum­ble and Bum­ble Don’t Blow It (Dh132.72 at spacenk.com) into damp hair for im­proved root-to-tip tex­ture, no heat re­quired. ‘If it’s move­ment you’re af­ter use a good-qual­ity pro­fes­sional anti-frizz serum on al­most dry hair, scrunch and al­low to dry nat­u­rally,’ says Ju­lian Kemp­ster, stylist at Pas­tels Sa­lon, Ritz-Carl­ton DIFC. ‘Then let it down, ap­ply a styling cream and shake your hands through your hair to break it up.’ He also favours braid­ing as a sim­ple style up­date. ‘Plait hair be­fore you go to bed and then in the morn­ing for ef­fort­less beachy waves.’

MAKE THE CUT

As soon as you’re strug­gling to comb your hair and it looks less than its best, take the plunge and book in for a cut. ‘If split ends are left for too long, they will break the hair shaft and worsen ex­ist­ing dam­age,’ Dr Ba­tra says. And if you’re feel­ing brave, the quick­est and most ef­fec­tive fix is a restyle. ‘Chop it into a fresh, shorter bob,’ Emma says. ‘It’s a great way to get a stylish up­date for the win­ter months.’

‘TAKE IT EASY with your SUN-DRIED LOCKS as it’s more BRIT­TLE, with lots of tiny raised cu­ti­cles that TAN­GLE easily. Don’t RUSH the DE­TAN­GLING process and RIP THROUGH KNOTS’

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