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
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.
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.
‘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.’
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’