Summer Haircare Guide: Brunette
Staying safe in the sun is a key concern when it comes to skincare, but it’s also important to think ahead and prep your hair for the warmer weather. And whatever your hair colour and type, the sunnier months will pose different challenges to keep locks lustrous and colour rich.
For the brunette instalment of our Summer Haircare Guide, we’ve spoken to our panel of the top hair trichologists and stylists in the business, tailoring their tips to suit specific brown hair concerns.
Avoid split ends…
On your return from holiday you may notice an increase in hair breakage along with a fresh batch of ragged split ends. While it’s physically impossible to ‘heal’ a split end, they can be avoided and ends maintained by regular haircuts – even just opting for a half-an-inch trim. Flavien Abbas, celebrity hairdresser and Senior Art Director for Harrods’ Urban Retreat, recommends hitting the salon every 8-10 weeks.
Treat your scalp…
Yes, your scalp. “The scalp is hardly ever treated unfortunately,” Flavien explains, “use a scalp tonic after each shampoo to promote hair growth and stimulate the micro circulation in your scalp with a nice tonic massage.” Not only will this ensure beach sand and salt is removed but the exfoliation will help relieve any itching or flaking and acts as anti-bacterial treatment.
“Avoid massaging the scalp with conditioner,” advises Carole Michaelides, trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “Always apply conditioner through mid-length to ends, and avoid the conditioner being worked through the roots and scalp in a head massage at the salon. Conditioner can exacerbate and even cause itching or flaking scalps.”
Get ready to shine…
The key to brunette hair looking and feeling healthy is all in the shine. “Brunettes often complain of having dull hair, yet they are the ones who tend to use quick-fix shampoos that promise to give your hair an instant glossy look,” explains top trichologist Philip Kingsley. These types of products can often be harmful due to the high volume of silicone, he adds; “As a general rule, I’d advise watching out for the words silicon, dimethicone or methicone. The higher quantity ingredients tend to be listed in the top four in the ingredients list. In that case, steer clear.”
Instead, try a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to help treat, not mask symptoms of lacklustre hair. Philip Kingsley’s Re-Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner are perfectly balanced to deliver maximum shine and replenish dry, limp locks.
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