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Keep Your Hair In Top Shape This Summer

We all love the warmth of the sun on our skin, our hair however is a different story. Too much sun and UV rays causes colour fading, brittleness, dryness, and a generally dull appearance to our locks.


In addition to this, summer also means swimming pools and sea. We’re talking excessive salt and chlorine content, both of which can suck the moisture out of your hair and leave it limp and lifeless.

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The good news is, you are not doomed to remain pale skinned to keep your hair from drying out – there are plenty of things you can do, and products you can use, which can go a long way to avoiding summer hair damage. There’s no reason to miss out on that beach holiday you’ve worked so hard for after all!

Here are a few tips and tricks to try this summer:


Cover Up

It might sound obvious, but the best way to protect your hair is to cover it up! Indulge in a wide brimmed, fashionable hat and you’ll not only look after your locks, but you’ll be rocking the ultimate summer fashion too. This will also go a long way to helping you avoid the harmful effects of the sun on your hair and skin, including sunstroke.

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Promote Your Conditioner To BFF

If you know anything about hair, you’ll know that conditioner is your number one friend. This is truer than ever in summer. Invest in a good quality conditioner, one which suits your hair type perfectly, and ideally has UV protection within it. Lather it on every time you wash your hair, and for extra protection from sun’s rays at the beach, coat your damp or dry hair with your favourite conditioning lotion or mask and let the heat do the rest of the work.


Shampoo With Care

Feeling hot and sweaty may have you jumping into the shower to wash your hair every day, but you don’t want to risk additionally stripping your scalp of its natural oils? Solution: go for a mild shampoo especially during the summer season and shampoo only the scalp, avoiding the length of your hair. This way, the suds being rinsed out will wash your hair as well and you’ll avoid over-drying your hair.


Frizz Control

Heat and humidity are any curly girl’s worst nightmare. Admit it,  you can almost feel your hair frizzing up just thinking about it. Best way to keep the frizz at bay during summer months? Show off your hair styling chops by wearing your hair tied (not too tightly, mind you!) into a whole range of different, trendy styles: low and high ponytails, messy buns and top-knots, braids…

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Have Regular Trims

You’ll notice split ends and dry, fragile hair much more easily during the summer, so opt for a regular trim to tidy up your locks. This will give your hair an additional boost and and bounce and help you keep it happy, shiny, and full of life.

Timeless Tips For Healthy Hair

Your crowning glory, your mane event, your tresses…However you describe your hair, we all want to have that head-turning, luxurious and beautiful silhouette. But how to achieve it? Here are some quick tips to give you salon ready hair everyday.


Lather. Rince. Repeat.

Make sure to wash your hair thoroughly, there is a reason why the lovely girl or guy at the salon shampoos your hair twice. The first time is to get rid of all the grit, dust and build-up from everyday life and the second shampoo is to get right in there and cleanse your hair to make it super clean and shiny. Give this routine a go at home for gorgeous, salon looking locks.


Condition, Condition, Condition

Use conditioner every time you wash your hair – it will work like the ultimate moisturiser and keep your hair nourished and hydrated. Conditioner is essential no matter your hair type, but especially needed if you have curly or dry, frizzy hair. Once you start to condition your hair you will notice the positive effects almost immediately and you’ll never look back….well, maybe only to do a serious hair flick!

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Brush Hair The Right Way

Make this your hair care mantra. Repeat after us: Do NOT brush your hair when it is wet. When hair is damp, the hair shafts are at their most weakest and are prone to breaking off easily. Pulling a brush through wet hair can cause serious damage to your luscious locks. Wait until it is dry to style if you have the time, if in a rush, pull it back into a low pony using one of those plastic clips which will be kinder to wet hair than regular hair ties.


Make Smart Investments

You consider your hair one of your top features? Invest in it, starting with high quality hair care products that are right for your hair type and, of course in your hair tools. Treat yourself to high end brushes, styling tools and products and your hair will thank you for it. Feeling anxious about spending extra $$? Don’t! Keep in mind that good quality products will last longer, so really, you are saving money AND saving your hair!


Colour Wisely

If you, like the majority of us (I might add), dye your hair, then you know what a minefield it can be in terms of errors of judgment. Make sure your new chosen shade matches your skin tone. Basic rule of thumb is: sallow skin works best with warm reds and berry tones, whilst cool shades are matched with skin that has a pink hue. If you are doing a home dye job, place petroleum jelly around your hairline to avoid that dreaded seepage, that can stay on your skin for a few days afterwards!

If you decide on treating yourself and getting your hair coloured in a salon, bring a photo with you of what you what to achieve and have a chat with the colourist before you begin.

No matter whether you go for salon or a bit of DIY, apply a mask to your hair the day before to prepare your tresses for the serious work ahead.

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Wear Sunscreen

The sun – glorious and dangerous at the same time… especially for hair. Wear a sun protection oil or serum WHENEVER your hair is exposed to the sun. Even if the sun is hiding behind the clouds, it can still send its rays out and damage and dry out hair. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!


Be Smart About Updos

A simple ponytail or messy bun are the quickest solution to an unexpected bad hair day, or you may use them simply in rotation with other hair styles to vary your look. Either way, keep two things in mind: steer clear of rubber elastics or harsh metal hair-clips (opt for soft hair elastics and smooth hair grips instead) and avoid tying your hair too tightly, as both of these things can cause serious hair damage in the long run.


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Give Your Hair Its Beauty Sleep

There are countless skin products specifically designed for night care, so why don’t we pay enough attention to our hair’s resting time? Ideally, try to sleep on a silk pillowcase to prevent friction that can lead to frizz and tangles. Alternatively, tie or braid your hair loosely to keep you from pulling at your hair and breaking it as you toss and turn during the night.


Keep Your Locks In Check

No need to keep your hairdresser on speed dial, but settling on a monthly or bi-monthly appointments will give your hair the extra love and attention it needs to thrive. It will also add to all your other efforts in keeping the condition of your hair in top shape.

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Maintain Healthy Nutrition

Finally, a good diet and keeping hydrated will help your hair to stay healthy and nourished. Lots of water, fresh fruit and all that other good stuff will translate to beautiful hair. What you put in to your body really does make a difference. Even a slight change in your diet like upping your water intake will have an immediate effect.

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Summer Hair Lovin’

From where we sit, summer 2018 hair trends are bold and romantic, classy and innovative, all in one. And you know what the best thing about them is? They’re super easy to emulate!


#1 The Romantic Braid

Is there a hairstyle more romantic than braids? There are endless options to choose from: You can opt to keep it simple and go for bohemian-style loose and soft braids. For a more elaborate style, go for a braided chignon created from two braids twisted together.  If a head turning, dramatic look is more up your alley, add a few braids in different places, vary their thickness and combine them with long loose curls for added effect.


romantic braid

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#2 Beachy Waves  

Dreaming about a beach holiday? Why not start with breeze in your hair? This summer brings us a whole range of this classic, natural and disheveled, I-woke-up-like-this hairstyle. Careless waves and loose curls are making their way from the catwalks into everyday life. For a touch of romance and femininity, add a middle parting. Style the waves with baby bangs to give you that naïve and sweet look.  

beachy waves

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#3 Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

We’re not talking Met Gala 2018 over-the-top headpieces, but adding a touch of sparkle to your hair, whether you wear your hair up or down, will always brings your style up a few notches.

Whether it’s a bejewelled hairbands, glittery slides or pearl-adorned clips worn school-girl style to hold a side-parted fringe perfectly in place, your hairstyle will be the centre of attention.


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#4 Slicked-back  

Great news for all sleepy heads. Overslept again? Running late for work and have no time to wash your hair? Not a problem: just apply a handful of gel and slick your mane back. Wet hair looks make you look instantly classy, extraordinary, and brisk.

You can even add a slightly futuristic touch for a night out by dusting your hair with some glitter and sparkle all night long.  

slicked back

Image: Winnie Au

#5 Top knots & buns

Perfect for for hot summer days and definitely one of the easiest summer hairstyles ever – just pull your hair up and go! A top knot or a simple bun (side or back) will make you look polished and sleek on any occasion and keep your hair out of your face all day long.

top knot

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10 Easy Hairstyles, 10 Minutes Each

Your life pace is hyper speed – you’re always in a rush and the amount of time you have to spend on your hair is super limited. You obviously don’t want to look like you haven’t put any effort into your appearance, but how on earth can you achieve stellar style in mere minutes? Do not despair, we’ve got you covered – here are 10 easy hairstyles that you can do in less than 10 minutes.


#1 Middle part
The fastest way to look chic; it frames your face beautifully. If you want to give your hair slightly more volume, try a side part.

middle part

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#2  Spiral ends

Use a curling wand to add curls only to the tips of your hair for added glam effect when wearing your hair down. It will only take 5 minutes to create.

spiral ends

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#3 Sophisticated pony

You’ve added curl to the tips of your hair and you have two extra minutes to spare? Sweep your hair up into a high ponytail. It will look super sleek and sophisticated with the spiral ends.

sophisticated pony

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#4 Boho braids

The will add an interesting look to any hairstyle. Simply braid one or two small segments of hair from the front of your face and clip to the back.

boho braid

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#5 Messy braids
You’ll be super on-trend with this quick and simple style. Pull your hair to the back and plait. Once you’ve secured it with an elastic band, tug at it in strategic places to give it that messy look that you’re after. For added volume, spray some texturising spray into your hair before braiding it.

messy braid

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#6 Sleek bun
Perfect for when your hair is looking less than fab, but you need to look put together. Pull your hair into a ponytail, and then wrap the ponytail around, securing with hair pins as you go. Finish off with a spritz of hairspray to hold things in place.

sleek bun

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#7 Hair-wrapped ponytail

It’s the hair-wrap that gives this look that something extra. Once you have pulled your hair into a ponytail, take a small strand of hair and start to wrap it around the elastic band, securing with hair pins. Quick, simple and elegant!

hair-wrapped pony

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#8 Low twisted bun

Ideal for when your hair really needs a wash, but you just don’t have the time. Twist your hair into a bun in the nape of your neck and secure with either a hair elastic or some grips. Finish off with some hairspray to make sure the look will hold.

low twisted bun

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#9 Segmented pony

This style is making a comeback this season and it’s so easy to do. Pull your hair back into a high ponytail. Once you’ve done that, secure a hair elastic every four fingers width down your ponytail.

segmented pony

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#10  The twisted half-up

When you don’t want to wear your hair up, but keeping it down just seems too boring, do a half-up. To add a little texture to it, twist some hair back on each side of your head and secure with a few bobby pins.

twisted half up

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