How To Keep Your Hair Protected In The Sun

How To Keep Your Hair Protected In The Sun

Here at Fragrance Direct we’ve always been good at taking care of our skin in the sun, but recently we’ve been turning our focus to hair. The sun can cause damage to hair, leaving it damaged and dry looking. Even if your hair doesn’t actually get sun burn, the UV rays will break down the cuticle which then leaves your locks looking frizzy, dry and damaged. There are some actions you can take to help keep your hair protected, hydrated and healthy in the sun, so keep reading!

First up’ wearing a sun hat is the easiest way to keep your locks protected from the sun!

However, let’s talk about products you can use to keep your hair glossy and healthy’

Leave In Conditioner

Leave in conditioner is your best friend when you’re out for a day at the beach or chilling by the pool. Comb some leave in conditioner through your hair before you head out and tie up into a bun to keep your hair hydrated throughout the day. Especially if you have coloured hair! We love the Khlorane Leave In Cream with Mango Butter, it smells divine! Also, mango butter is exceptionally rich in natural fatty acids for deep hydration. If you prefer something you can spritz on the go then pick up the Sexy Hair Healthy Soy Tri Wheat Leave In Conditioner.

Hair Mask

Prevent or reverse any damage with a super nourishing hair mask. After a day out in the sun your hair will be crying out for a bit of tlc. Even if you haven’t been sitting in the sun or swimming in the sea all day your hair can still get damaged from going about your daily life. Use a hair mask at least once a week to prevent any damage from occurring and give your hair the treatment it needs. The Macadamia Deep Repair Masque uses a combination of macadamia and argan oils to give your hair an instant rejuvenation. The Anatomicals masks are great as they are single use and so easy to take on your travels, we love the Giving Good Head Coconut and Honey Hair Mask.

UV Hair Protection

Basically sun cream for your hair without making it super greasy and yuck. Protecting your hair from UV rays, chlorine and salt water is really important in order to maintain elasticity and moisture levels. The Ultrasun Protection Daily UV Hair Protector is ideal to take away with you, just spritz onto wet or dry hair before you head out for the day and it will leave your hair shiny and protected.

Scalp protection

If your not wearing a hat or head scarf then you can’t forget about protecting your scalp! Make sure you apply a spray sunscreen to your scalp to make sure you don’t get any painful sun burn which will then flake and peel (not ideal!). Using a spray product won’t leave your roots looking greasy and heavy. We recommend the Malibu Sun Protection Lotion Spray SPF 30.


Similarly, to using a mask, when you wash your hair after a day of sun exposure make sure you’re using a hydrating shampoo that will replenish the cuticles of the hair. We love the Giovanni 50:50 Balanced Hydrating Clarifying Shampoo, it’s gentle enough for every day use but includes hydrating botanical extracts.

Just remember it’s just as important to look after your hair as it is your skin. You may not notice the immediate effects of sun damage on your hair like you would with your skin, but the they can be detrimental to your hair health!

8 Oriental Fragrances Ideal for Summer

8 Oriental Fragrances Ideal for Summer

Exotic, evocative and seductive, there’s no chance oriental fragrances will be going out of style any time soon. Generally, they can be quite intense in aroma, but you can find some gorgeously light perfumes that give you an oriental hit. Ideal for the spring and summer, it’s scents like these, infused with warm, sensual notes that can define the warmer months as fun and carefree.

1. Paco Rabanna Olympea

Paco Rabanne’s Olympea collection has a little slant to suit almost any type of woman. From the bold, sexy vibe of Olympea Intense, to the subtle, delicate tones of Olympea Aqua. Each fragrance shares the same blend of exotic notes, with the original Olympea blending hydroponic jasmine and ginger lily.

2. D&G no.3 L’Imperatrice

Sweetly mysterious and alluringly stylish, everything about Dolce & Gabanna’s no.3 L’Imperatrice makes our toes wriggle with delight. This delectable scent has all the sophistication of a D&G creation, and plenty of elegance to boot. Mixing watermelon, pink cyclamen and musk, it’s not to be overlooked!

3. Hugo Boss Deep Red

Something of a classic when it comes to oriental inspired fragrances, Hugo Boss Deep Red is a go-to scent for women everywhere, and with good reason! This easy-to-wear perfume is a heady mix of fruity flavours, like pear and blood orange, with spicy ginger, and musky, woody tones.

4. Burberry Touch

Softer than some oriental scents, Burberry Touch gives you a big summery punch, without overloading the senses. This delicate flower of a perfume is light enough to wear throughout the day, and all-night long. Combining juicier notes like blackcurrant, cassis, with spicy pink peppercorn, soft rose and smooth peach, it’s as refined as it is delicious.

5. CK Obsessed

Inspired by addictive, compulsive love, CK Obsessed is every bit the sexy and seductive scent. Powerful, unwavering and sumptuous, this warming fragrance is a perfect balance between the typically masculine white lavender, and citrus, exotic flowers and musk notes.

6. Prada Candy Sugar Pop

Brand new to 2018, Prada has us in a spin with Candy Sugar Pop. It’s as fun and flirty as it sounds, but this fragrance doesn’t shy away from bolder notes. A youthful appeal is all down to a mouth-watering mishmash of citrus fruits, caramel, white peach and florals, and a smooth vanilla base.

7. YSL Black Opium

Dark, enigmatic and magnetic, YSL Black Opium has been one of our favourite perfumes for a long time. This powerhouse of a scent embraces all things magical and deeply feminine, with its coffee and pink pepper accords, vanilla, jasmine and orange blossom, and a final hit of patchouli and cedar.

8. Marc Jacobs Decadence

What’s not to love about Marc Jacobs Decadence. A masterpiece in its own right, it’s the epitome of sophistication, leaving you feeling utterly glamorous and desirable. Italian plum, saffron and iris all give it its signature appeal, along with woody tones, lush florals and liquid amber.

The Best Shampoos For Your Hair Type

The Best Shampoos For Your Hair Type

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.

Dry hair

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.

Greasy hair

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.

Fine hair

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.

Thick hair

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.

Curly hair

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.

Thinning hair

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.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is coming around quickly and before we know it the 17th of June will be here! Make your Dad feel extra special this year with a gift to blow his (brand new) socks off! Why not treat him to the perfect signature scent or maybe a best-selling fragrance gift set for that extra special element. Keep reading to check out our top picks for all the Dad’s out there this Father’s Day’

First up we have some fragrance favourites that will make your Dad feel super special this year.

BOSS Bottled United
If your Dad loves football then you need to pick up the latest fragrance from the legendary Hugo Boss! BOSS Bottled United combines the freshness of the outdoors with the urban warmth of woody notes. For those men who act with passion, loyalty and integrity, BOSS Bottled United is the one!

Armani Code A List
Make him feel extra VIP this year with Armani Code A List! The newest scent from Armani, Code A List will make him feel super exclusive. Code A List has been infused with the original notes of Armani Code, yet has been distilled further into a rare blend.

Davidoff Cool Water Man Gift Set
A gift set is the best way to give something a little bit extra this Father’s Day. This Davidoff Cool Water Man gift set has the added benefit of including a 75ml EDT, a shower gel and an aftershave balm. This iconic scent is bound to be a winner’

Paco Rabanne 1 Million Gift Set
The Paco Rabanne 1 Million is a fresh, classic scent that opens with top notes of mandarin, peppermint, rose and cinnamon. With the 1 Million gift set comes with a 100ml fragrance and a shower gel housed in a gorgeous gold metal box. It really does look like the ultimate gift!

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Gift Set
We love this Issey Miyake gift set as it comes with a 125ml EDT and a great 40ml travel size fragrance too! Perfect for on the go or travelling. L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme is a fresh yet warm, woody scent accented with spicy notes. A well rounded fragrance that is perfect for every Dad!

Don’t fancy gifting an aftershave this year, maybe he already has his signature scent (and we all know men can be stuck in their ways!) so why not pick up an extra special grooming product for something a bit different.

Baylis & Harding Fuzzy Duck Cedarwood Daily Grooming Kit
This set is the perfect gift as it comes in such gorgeous packaging! The set includes a hair and body wash, face wash, aftershave balm and shower gel that all come in handy travel sizes.

L’Oreal Men Expert Cool Power Gift Set
For the Dad’s that are always on the go then the L’Oreal Men Expert Cool Power gift set is perfect! This set includes a body, hair and face wash and a deodorant in fresh, cool scents. For £5.99 it is great for those on a budget!

Scottish Fine Soaps Face & Beard Care Kit
Is your Dad one of those that LOVE their beard and could never be without it? Then we have the perfect gift for him! Scottish Fine Soaps Face and Beard Care Kit includes a wooden beard comb, beard oil, face moisturiser and a face soap. It’s scented with thistle and black pepper which will give him the ultimate grooming experience!

Men’s Society Sportsman Recovery Kit
Is your Dad very active and love to play sports? Then the Men’s Society Sportsman Recovery Kit is the perfect Father’s Day Gift for him. It comes in a handy little tin that makes it feel extra special, including a relaxing bath oil, a soothing muscle oil a stretching elastic to help improve flexibility!

Remington Wet Tech Rotary Shaver
Looking for something extra special this Father’s Day and really want to push the boat out? Then how about this Remington Wet Tech Rotary Shaver. With steel blades, a flexing head, rechargeable batteries and waterproof you can be sure he’ll get the best shave of his life!