While basking on a sunny beach can make you feel 100% refreshed and amazing, it can also seriously dry out your hair. There’s nothing worse than tackling frizzy, unmanageable hair while you’re enjoying an idyllic break in the sun. Or, dealing with the aftermath of dehydrated locks when you’re back to the daily grind.
Our solution? Work with the elements while you’re away to maximise your hair’s potential, and keep it hydrated throughout your trip to dodge the dreaded dehydrated disaster-bomb post-holiday. Here’s how:
Up the protection level
The sun’s rays don’t only damage your skin. They also zone in on your hair, drying it out and leaving it feeling brittle and delicate. Add to this the drying effect of the sea and chlorine in the pool, and you have the perfect recipe for a frizz ball.
If that’s not your ideal scenario, you’ll need to be clever about protecting your precious hair before you sink into that lounger or take the plunge in sea or pool. Check out gorgeously indulgent products like NUXE’s Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil For Hair, and the delicious Sexy Hair Vibrant Rose Elixir Hair & Body Dry Oil Mist.
Shampoo and condition like a pro
Whatever your usual hair type, you’ll need to increase the moisture levels during your holiday. More frequent washing due to sun, sea, and sun will also strip the hair of essential oils, so it’s worth looking for gentle cleansing shampoos and conditioners, especially if you have more delicate hair.
Some of our holiday favourites include Macadamia’s Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo for its gentle cleansing agents and moisture-boosting properties, and Philip Kingsley’s Re-Moisturizing Shampoo. And for conditioners, work smart with Alba Botanica’s Coconut Leave-In Conditioner Mist, and Toni & Guy’s Prep Leave-in Conditioner.
Work with beachy locks
Beachy waves are one of the great perks of holiday hair. Laidback and effortlessly cool, they’ll add a summery dimension to those holiday selfies. All you need to do is find the right product to boost your natural wave and apply it to dry hair. No extra work required!
Sea salt sprays are our favourite for mermaid-like locks. Try out spritzing products like Derma V10’s Sexy Messy Hair Sea Salt Spray, or Schwarzkopf’s Got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray. Depending on your hair type, you can play around with adding it from root to tip, or just through the ends.
Oily roots can be a troublesome side effect during holiday-time. But with the right products in your suitcase, you’ll be able to banish heavy, oily roots and give your hair back its bounce.
Dry shampoos are one top way of tackling the problem. Products like Aussie’s Beach Mate Dry Shampoo gives you summery, revived locks, along with Batiste’s clever, texture boosting Instant Hair Refresh Dry Shampoo Fresh.
Cute, curled locks are all the rage at the moment. But if you’re one of the many that struggles to keep curls in, all that time and effort with the tongs can feel a little pointless. The trick is to use the right products and techniques to add a bouncy, nourished curl that won’t drop. So where do you start? Follow our easy curling tips to find out.
Prep your hair
Often this first stage is the one that’s overlooked or skipped entirely. If you’re serious about keeping those curls in place, make sure to spend time on your prep. That means washing and drying your hair and applying the right products to encourage your locks to maintain the curl.
But there’s another good reason for this step. Heated tongs can damage your hair if used incorrectly, so a good heat defending styling product is a must. To give you some inspiration, Wella’s Silvikrin Brilliant Shine and Hold gives you volume and staying power, and VO5’s Tame & Shine Spray Heat Defence will give your hair added protection before you apply the heat.
Invest in the right tongs
A good quality tong is essential if you want to perfect those curls. It can be tempting to drag some dusty old tongs from a cupboard, but if you really want to end up with a look that turns heads for the right reasons, you’ll need to splash out on the right styling tools. When it comes to technique, remember to wrap your hair around the tong, rather than rotating the tong up through each strand.
If you have straight hair, you’ll need to increase the heat, and buying tongs that can reach those higher temperatures is the first priority. Barrel size matters too. Often it feels safer to go for a larger barrel size, but brave a smaller one, and you’ll end up with curls that last longer. We love BaByliss’s Pro Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Curling Tong, which can create anything from tighter curls to soft waves.
Cool it down
Not a step to be missed, once you’ve magicked up some gorgeous waves, you’ll need to give them time to set. That means pinning them in place and leaving them to cool completely before you start messing with them.
Once you’re ready to take the pins out, tousle your hair with your fingers rather than using a brush. This will allow you to perfect your style without risking brushing all your hard work away.
Finish to perfection
Before you quite literally bounce on through the door, don’t forget to fix your style in place. A good hairspray will give your curls more reason to stay exactly where they are. Keep your distance with that spray though. Panicking and applying hairspray too close will give you a crunchy effect. Not ideal! Great, hardworking hairsprays include Charles Worthington’s Style Setter Strong Hold Hairspray, and Tigi’s Bed Head Flexi Head Strong Hold Hairspray.
We have an amazing new hair care brand to welcome to the Fragrance Direct family’ 72 Hair! If you’ve not heard of this gorgeous brand or tried any of their products then keep reading to find out everything there is to know about 72 Hair!
With three generations of hairdressers in the family history, the love of flows through the collection of hair products from 72 Hair.
Meet the Greens
Gary has a worldwide reputation for styling excellence, with salons in Miami as well as London.
Matt is one of London’s go to colourists, and now educates others to follow in his footsteps.
Johnny is 72 Hair’s ingredients experts, selecting the finest elements to make up the professional formulas.
Nick is passionate about communicating 72 Hair ‘s philosophy to clients.
Together, the Green’s created 72 Hair, formulating products to do exactly what they needed for their clients’ hair.
72 Hair believe in keeping things simple
Their capsule collection contains all you need to create shiny, beautiful hair that’s easy to manage and looks great day after day.
72 Hair’s ethos is to fall back in love with your hair and their range of haircare really does do that. With selected ingredients such as avocado oil, wheat germ oil and hydrolysed keratin, the 72 range of haircare makes your hair look, feel and smell gorgeous.
Loved by press, 72 Hair have been featured in LOOK, Evening Standard, County Weddings, HELLO!, Grazia and many more. They have also been championed by top bloggers and influencers such as We Are Twinset, Danielle Peazer and British Beauty Blogger.
The Intense Replenishing Mask and Blow Dry Cream was also shortlisted for the 2017 Pure Beauty Awards!
Here’s some of our favourite products from the range:
Moisture Intense Shampoo
The sulphate free ingredients balance the moisture levels in the hair. Over time the hair becomes frizz free, shinier and healthier.
A powerful oil that eliminates frizz and moistures all hair types with no greasy residue. Your hair will feel revitalised to give you a youthful looking head of hair.
Hydrating ConditionerA deeply satisfying moisturiser that will improve the most damaged of hair types. It’s specially formulated properties protect against harmful daily sun exposure, pollution and UVA.
Infused with collagen. This shampoo enriches the hair to reduce frizz, increase moisture and create healthy, strong, shiny hair.
Intense Replenishing Mask
The mask is infused with Germ Oil and Avocado Oil to create perfect looking hair. With every use the hair will become shiner, stronger and beautifully nourished.
Blow Dry Cream
Styling cream that smooths all hair types and protects it from the every day harm such as heat and UV rays. This cream is designed to act as a thermo shield and will nourish all hair types.
There’s a lot of choice on the market when it comes to shampoo! For this reason alone, it can be tempting to stick with an old, favourite product, but having a clear idea of what your hair type is, and which shampoos can work with that to give you lustrous locks is certainly worth it. Read on to find out more about your hair type, and what shampoos could leave your hair feeling healthy, silky and gorgeous.
One of the most common hair problems is dry hair. Caused by a whole range of factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and environment, many of us suffer from dull, moisturise-starved locks at one time or another. A good nourishing product, like American Crew’s Moisturising Shampoo, and Matrix’s Total Results Moisture Me Rich Shampoo will give you deep-down conditioning, without adding weight.
One of the trickier hair types to manage is greasy hair. Often, the oily roots are more of a problem, and the wrong shampoo could leave you with a double whammy of dry ends and greasy roots. Products like L’Oreal Elvive Clay Oily Roots Shampoo will help you stay on top of both issues, by gently nourishing your hair from top to tip.
Because fine hair gets weighed down much easier than other hair types, it’s important to get the right product to give your locks all the nourishment it needs, without looking flat. Volumising shampoos work wonders, by coating individual strands in a weightless formula. Examples include Giovanni’s Root 66 Max Volume Shampoo, and Sexy Hair’s Big Extra Volume Shampoo.
The envy of most, those with thick hair can declare that having it isn’t always a walk in the park. Left to its own devices, thicker tresses can become unruly and coarse. A moisturising, smoothing product like Daily Defense’s Shampoo Argan Oil, and Schwarzkopf’s Gloss Liquid Silk Shampoo can do the trick when you need to tame thicker hair types.
Treated right, curly hair can look thick, bouncy and amazing! But this temperamental hair type is also prone to frizz and dryness, so you’ll need a good shampoo to keep it looking in top shape. Check out shampoos like Kerastase’s Discipline Smooth In Motion Shampoo, and L’Oreal’s Elvive Curl Nourishment Shampoo.
Coloured and grey hair
Taking care of coloured and greying hair takes a whole different approach. If you want dyed hair to look shiny and vibrant for longer, look to products like Revlon’s ProYou Colour Shampoo. Similarly, if you have grey hair you’ll need a shampoo that smooths coarser greys and prevents brassiness, just like Trevor Sorbie’s Silver Shampoo.
If you have thinning hair, you may want to try and few new products to encourage hair growth, or to make your hair look thicker and more vibrant. Caffeine shampoos are a popular choice for some, as they aim to stimulate hair growth at the scalp.
The time to update your hair colour is now! Enough daydreaming, Fragrance Direct are here to help. Choosing the right colour to suit your complexion can be tough, but don’t worry, we have inspiration to suit everyone. We’ve even picked out the best products to make your hair transformation a breeze!
Spring is the best time to trial a new look, shake off the winter blues and give yourself a confidence boost. Multi coloured hair and pastel colours are still going strong Instagram but if you want something a bit more natural we’ve got you covered.
Finding the best hair colour for your complexion can be tricky but if you know which tones and shades to go for it can really help flatter your skin tone. If you’re wondering which hair colour suits me? First up you need to determine your skin tone’
People with deep skin tones usually have darker skin with dark brown eyes. If you have a look at your veins, people with deep skin tones have a purpleish tint to them. You can pull off intense makeup colours, like plum, red and deep burgundy lipsticks.
If you have a deep skin tone the best way to go with your hair is to create a contrast. So either darker or lighter than your skin. Very deep tones of black look super striking next to dark skin with a cooler undertone like Lupita Nyong. If you have a warmer undertone like Rihanna, then opt for caramel or mahogany tones that are rich and warm to enhance your complexion. To maintain dark colour you need to make sure you are using products that are free from sulphates as they can strip the hair of its natural oils and make it dry, try the Sexy Hair Smooth Sulphate Free Anti Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner.
Warm, olive skin tones usually have green, hazel or warm brown eyes. You find that terracotta red, coral and warm brown lipsticks suit you much better than pinks or cool toned colours. And the veins on your wrist have a greenish tint.
If you have a warm olivey skin tone, the hair colours that will flatter you most are deep, rich and earthy browns. With warm gold or honey highlights to enhance the warmth in your skin. Ebony brown colours also work really well if you have natural warm undertones like Eva Longoria. To maintain deep, rich colours and keep them looking glossy you need to include a weekly mask into your routine. Look for one that is for colour treated hair and super hydrating, we love the Macadamia Deep Repair Masque.
Cool or Warm/Medium
People with cool undertones usually have blue, grey or very dark brown eyes. Blue toned lipsticks are more flattering on you than warmer, richer colours. The veins on your wrist have a blue tint to them.
If you have a medium skin tone, so your neither fair nor olive then you have the biggest choice with hair colours. You can pull off ashy tones like white blonde or walnut browns like Taylor Swift. If you have some warmer tones in your skin then you can pull off more coppery and golden caramel colours like Sofia Richie. To main an ashy tone then you need to use a purple or silver shampoo to counteract any brassy tones, we love the PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Shampoo. However, to keep warm tones looking glossy try using a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any build up. The DS Laboratories Radia Clarifying & Softening shampoo is great for this.
People with cool undertones usually have blue, grey or very dark brown eyes. The veins on your wrist have a blue tint to them.
The fairer your skin is the lighter you can go with your hair colour. If you have a slightly warmer undertone like Gigi Hadid you can pull off a more strawberry blonde or honey colour. If you have a very cool undertone and fair skin then you can pull off a more platinum, pale blonde to flatter your complexion. Like Gwyneth Paltrow. To maintain platinum or ashy tones then you need the Fudge Purple Shampoo in your life, it is the ultimate product to counteract any brassiness.
Glossy, lustrous locks are within reach! With all the gorgeous hair products on the market today, we often feel spoilt for choice here at FD. We love something new, but there are those tried and tested favourites that keep us coming back for more too. As we immerse ourselves in the new year, here are a few of our saviour brands to keep us looking and feeling on our a-game.
When it comes to luxe hair care, we love Kerastase. Their range gives us salon-worthy tresses every day, which is just the thing when your hair needs a bit of TLC. Depending on your hair type or dilemma, there’s a product to suit you. But, we especially like their Chronologiste Le Bain Revitalisant Shampoo when it comes to a cleansing shampoo for any hair type. And their matching Chronologiste Creme De Regeneration Balm will give even dried out, damaged locks renewed bounce and shine.
Both salon and scalp experts, Philip Kingsley is the brand to turn to if you need a product that’s effective and gentle. You can find shampoos and conditioners for grey hair, sensitive skin, and dry locks. Try their No Scent No Colour Shampoo if your scalp is easily irritated. It’s free from colour, perfume, parabenen and SLS. For thinning hair and a sensitive skin, you can also check out their Scalp Toner, which boosts blood supply to the scalp, gently rehydrating the area too
We’ve always had a big crush on Tigi here at FD. Affordable, luxurious and full of smart little innovations, their collection is a long list of must-haves. Some of our go-to products include the twin range, like their Tigi Bed Head Anti Dotes Recovery Twin, with shampoo and conditioner. Also, the Tigi Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion for a quick blast of volume while styling.
Lifted straight from the salons themselves, Label M is another firm favourite if you’re going for designer hair. The brand is on top of the latest catwalk trends, with all the products to match, so you can stay ahead of the pack when it comes to looking fresh and fashionable. Check out their Miracle Fibre for weightless texture and bounce, and an undone look. Or, day-to-day, lovely shampoos and conditioners like the Label M Organic Lemongrass Shampoo will keep your do in top condition.
Macadamia’s products are based on the unique profile of your hair, whether that’s coarse and curly, fine, or somewhere in between. This means you’ll always have your perfect match, and they use Argan and Macadamia oils for added lustre. Some popular picks include their sumptuous Deep Repair Masque with tea tree and chamomile. Or, the Macadamia Natural Oil Purify Shampoo for chlorine and styling product build-up.