Making waves: the products you need for perfect holiday hair

Pre-flight prep

It’s easy to get swept away with bikini shopping and micro-dosing your base tan but don’t overlook your locks — invest a bit of time and effort in your hair before you fly and it will thank you for it later.

Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Reset range offers a new brand of repair to treat hair damaged by heat. Harnessing the power of Japanese rice extract — renowned for its protecting and moisture-retaining benefits — the shampoo (£26.90, and conditioner (£35.90) contains “co-emulsion” technology that adapts to suit all hair types and strengthen without weighing hair down, while its deep-conditioning mask (£44.40) is designed for hair in need of extra TLC.

If time is of the essence, invest in Philip Kingsley’s cult Elasticizer, which was originally created for Audrey Hepburn and launches in a delicious new pomegranate and cassis scent on Wednesday (£21, Try slathering the pre-shampoo treatment on your hair before a workout or applying to hair overnight and rinsing out in the morning.


Alternatively, book in for the new SPF hair treatment at sustainable east London salon Ralph & Rice (£25 including blowdry,, which begins with a delicate, restorative shampoo followed by a scalp massage and liberal application of Davines SU Mask — a complete treat to replace softness and shine and prepare hair for its time in the sun.

(Ralph & Rice)

Head for the beach

Sun, sea and sand are no holiday for your hair. So before you hit the beach, coat your mane in Sachajuan’s Hair in the Sun cream (£20,, which contains a clever co-polymer called UVQ (made with coconut oil and cinnamon) that absorbs UV rays, deflects damage and prevents colour-fade, all while leaving your locks heavenly scented.

L’Oréal Professionnel’s Solar Sublime spray (£15, also acts like an SPF for your hair in a lightweight, non-greasy mist, while Ouai’s Sun of a Beach Ombré Spray (£20, is like 2018’s answer to Sun In, using activated lemon infused with coconut water and pineapple juice to add some sunshine to your strands.

Once you’re off the beach, revive locks with IGK’s Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner (£24, which hydrates deeply to reduce frizz for up to 24-hours, while curly girls will be pleased to hear that Bouclème’s cult Intensive Moisture Treatment has just launched in hand-luggage-friendly 50ml sachets (£9,

Other packing essentials include Hershesons’ Knot My Problem in-shower detangling brush (£8, and Oribe’s Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray (£41,


For evenings, styling is a breeze with Bumble and Bumble’s Don’t Blow It (H)Air Styler (£12,, which smooths and adds bounce to hair without the need for heat styling, while Rahua’s Enchanted Island Salt Spray (£32, delivers loose, beachy waves with the lush, tropical fragrance of guava, hibiscus and passion fruit.


Post-holiday detox

When you’re back to reality and your hair is feeling as brittle as your resolve to turn your out of office off, invest in Briogeo’s Be Gentle, Be Kind Superfoods Hair Pack (£40, The number one bestseller at Sephora a week after its launch, it’s like a super-juice for your hair, packed with nutrient-rich kale, spinach, apple and vitamin C. Or, if you’ve caught too much sun, try its Scalp Revival Cooling Jelly Conditioner (£30),with detoxing charcoal and refreshing peppermint oil to leave your follicles tingling.

If your split-end count is up, apply a liberal dose of Kérastase’s Soleil UV Defense Active Masque (£21, — an anti-damage concentrate designed to strengthen hair and enhance highlights after sun exposure — and stock up on Percy & Reed’s Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Treatment Oil + (£25,, with a trio of transformative oils (camellia seed, macadamia and carrot seed) and can be used as a two-minute pre-shampoo treatment and as a leave-in conditioner for silkier, shinier locks than you had before your holiday began.


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