Avoiding Holiday Hair Horrors - a guide to haircare on holiday
Going on holiday is a great opportunity to relax and have some fun in the sun, but it's important to remember to take care of your hair too. If you're wearing hair extensions, it's crucial to follow a special haircare regime while you're away. In this blog post, we'll give you some tips on how to keep your hair looking its best while you're on holiday.
First of all, let's cover which type of extensions are best for a holiday in the sun. The true hair connoisseur will look to wear clip-in hair extensions and hair pieces, rather than putting their permanent extensions at risk of sun, sea and chlorine damage when hitting the beach.
Easy to apply, clip-in extensions can be 'cut-in' by your stylist to offer a truly seamless and bespoke fit and packs with a few more wefts, such as our Luxe Clip-in Hair Extensions can offer flexibility in how you wear them, pop in a couple of wefts to add some volume to your top knot by the pool, wear the full pack to hit the bars at night.
Wanting to change up your look? Our range of Instant hair-pieces literally take minutes to fit, give you a wide choice of styles from Top Knots, to Wigs to Clip-in Ponytails. The products come in waterproof reusable bags making them super easy to fit into the smallest of suitcases.
If you are planning on wearing your hair up a lot while on holiday, try and invest in some good quality hair ties. Look for ones that don't have metal clasps, as these can damage your hair. Instead, choose fabric-covered elastic bands or silk scrunchies and make sure you use a heat protectant spray beforehand.
It's also important to keep your hair hydrated while you're on holiday. The sun and the chlorine in swimming pools can really dry out your hair, so make sure you use a conditioner every time you wash it. Leave-in conditioners are also a good idea, as they will help to keep your hair moisturised throughout the day.
Avoiding Holiday Hair Hiccups...
Melting bonds - Some types of extensions can be more prone to issues in extreme heat. Tape Extensions are comfortable to wear and a quick way to add volume but should be avoided if you are holidaying in a very hot climate as the heat can cause the adhesive to loosen, equally, whilst relatively rare, some hair extension wearers have experienced slipping of keratin bonds extensions where they have been exposed to extreme heat. Try to keep bonds covered and avoid extreme heat.
Fading hair colour - The sun can cause the colour in your extensions (and also your own hair) to fade. To help protect your hair, use a leave-in conditioner or serum that contains UV protection. We'd also encourage you to rock a hat or scarf when you're out in the sun - the baseball cap is still considered a style staple and a popular choice for 2022, whilst Fiorucci and Gucci have revived that 90's classic, the bucket hat. Looking for something a little more glam? Opt for a wide brimmed straw / raffia hat, fedora or panama.
Pink extensions - If you have blonde hair extensions and notice a slight tinge of pink or peach whilst on holiday, don't worry! Likely causes of discolouration can be exposure to chlorine, salt water, UV or minerals that can be found in tap water in hard water areas. Another much overlooked culprit could be coconut oil. Coconut oil is a powerful antioxidant that when exposed to different levels of light and oxygen, can take on a slightly pink hue. Tying hair up away from sun cream, chlorine and sea water can help alleviate issues.
To remedy, it's a case of identifying the cause so you can prevent it worsening and then correcting the colour as much as possible. For hard-water discolouration, we find a product called Malibu C Hard Water can be very effective at removing discolouration. For other forms of discolouration, applying an opposite coloured shampoo can help to neutralise the discolouration. For orange / brassy tones it will be a silver or violet shampoo and for pink tones it will be a blue or green shampoo, but ensure it is sulphate-free and that you get professional guidance before using.
Tune in to our next blog for easy holiday hairstyles - maximum impact, minimal effort!
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