The 10 best... summer hair care

Sun, sea and swimming pools conspire to turn glossy hair into tangled tendrils. Tame locks with these lotions and potions

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1. Color Extend Sun Take Cover spray

Come on, admit it, we've all made the uncomfortable mistake of burning our scalp on holiday. Avoid making the same mistake twice by using Redken's lightweight mousse. It contains SPF 25 to protect your scalp, plus it filters colour-fading UVA/UVB rays, and contains mango oil to replenish scorched locks.

£16.50, Redken,

2. Hydrating Mask Light

Just as we like to slather after-sun on skin after sunbathing, we need to do the same for our hair. This mask will drench your hair in anti-oxidant-rich, restorative argan oil in just five minutes. So you can squeeze the treatment in between leaving the beach and hitting the bar.

£23.85,, 0800 3101133

3. Beach Cream

Who says holidays aren't for multitasking? Smooth Aerin's beach cream through your hair and lie yourself in a warm spot. The heat from the sun activates deep conditioners in the formula so that your hair is being nourished as you relax. Add the beautiful floral fragrance into the mix and you're in holiday heaven.

£40, Aerin,

4. Su/Pak mask

Comb this super-rich formula through your hair after a day on the beach. The mix of vitamin E, almond butter and Omegas 3 and 6 work together to turn back time on hair that is tangled and frizzy, leaving it soft and shiny.

£18.05,, 020 3301 5449

5. Hair and body cleanse

Holiday luggage weight and space are always at a premium, so it's handy that Aveda has combined its neroli-scented shampoo and body wash into one. It removes build-up of chlorine and salt on the hair, without stripping out colour.


6. Hair Healer conditioner

Dryness and frizz do not necessarily have to be the price our hair pays for a bit of warmth and sunshine. Apply this cream to hair before bed, and let the argan oil penetrate overnight. You'll awake to a head of well-nourished hair.

£5.99, Charles Worthington,

7. Swimmers Treatment

A summer swim is a luxury for mind and body, but it can be torture for hair as it gets weighed down and tangled by chlorine and salt. These beach-friendly sachets contain vitamin C crystals, which, when dissolved into hair before shampoo, gently remove the water-based nasties. Leaving you with soft, manageable locks.

£2.99 per sachet, Malibu C,

8. Huile Celeste

Kerastase's spray-on oil not only protects hair from UVA and UVB rays, and delivers a good dose of moisture, it also contains a gentle shimmer, so you can add a touch of film-star glamour to your sunbathing.

£18.90,, 0800 3164400

9. Flyaway Tamer

This blend of Omega 3-rich Inca inchi oil comes in a mascara-style wand, so that you can apply it directly to any strands of hair that get frizzy over the day. A great touch-up tool for your beach bag.

10.99, John Frieda,

10. Rare Blend oil

This bottle contains a cocktail of rare oils from distant continents. Shake the tri-coloured formula and then smooth the blend of kukui, ximenia, monoi, marula and ojon oils through wet hair. The lipid-rich mix deeply nourishes sun and beach-scorched hair, restoring colour and shine.


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