How To Save Your Hair In The Last Weeks Of Summer

From post-holiday conditioning treatments, to staying away from the swimming pool, this is how to care for your hair this Summer.

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Between the sun, sea and sand, our hair in the summer gets a pretty rough deal.

Which all means that before you even think about creating those Erin Wasson-esque beachy waves, you need to start treating your locks to hair masks and treatments to get it into tip top condition.

Here's how...

1. Use A Hair Mask

Most experts agree that a nourishing mask applied once a week at home is enough to coax hair into good condition (although very dry, thick hair will drink up a lot more).

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Victoria Beckham's go-to hairstylist Jason Collier agrees, 'For healthy hair post-holiday, nourishment and recovery are key. Use a pre-shampoo treatment and an nourishing mask for a few weeks after your trip.'

ELLE Loves:

Kérastase Reflection Masque Chromatique, £30.20

Switch your usual shampoo and conditioner for seriously moisturising formulas and finish your routine with a pea sized amount of hair oil or serum through the ends. It'll work wonders on sun-parched locks.

'Wash hair with an SPF shampoo and oil-based conditioner for sleek hair, and blot dry with a microfibre towel to avoid frizz', says Jason.

ELLE Loves:

Maria Nila Heal Shampoo and Conditioner Set, £54.95

Redken Diamond Oil, £32

2. Give Your Hair The Salon Treatment

With more and more salons offering high-tech conditioning treatments, it's the easiest way to sort your hair's condition out whilst getting you roots done.

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The best bit? Generally, the worse the condition of your hair, the better the results, huzzah!

ELLE Top Tip: If you're off to the salon to get your colour topped up, ask your colourist to use Olaplex. It's the hair-saving miracle every celeb swears by and will help keep your hair silky soft even under the ravages of hair dye.

And while you're there get a good healthy trim, 'Book in for a trim to get those lengths looking and feeling happy and healthy again!', says Jason.

3. Protect Your Hair From The Sun, Sea And Sand

When you're on holiday, hair damage can occur from all angles. Start by washing your hair under cold water before you take a dip in the pool. Your hair can only absorb so much water so by washing it with fresh water first you're limiting the amount of damaging chlorine it can absorb.

Next, smother your hair in a moisturising mask that protects against chlorinated and salt water.

ELLE Loves:

Philip Kingsley Swimcap, £13

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Just because you're not swimming, doesn't mean your hair doesn't need protecting. Using an after sun cream in your hair (yes that's a thing) will prevent UV damage therefore extending the life of that snazzy balayage you just got done.

'Use a sun protection spray layered over hair to defend against heat and sun damage, as well as damage from salt and chlorinated water', says Jason.

ELLE Loves:

Sachajuan Hair In The Sun, £20

4. Leave The Straighteners Alone

Between humidity and sun damage, your hair in the summer is already parched enough without adding heated tools into the mix.

Opt for natural styling techniques that add texture without needed curling tongs or hair straighteners.

ELLE Top Tip: After washing hair, rough dry before brushing through a smoothing or styling hair cream. Weave hair into one plait for loose waves, or pigtails for a more defined finish. Leave to air dry then take out and run your hands through to loosen up. A spritz of texture spray and you've got heat-free beachy waves for days.

ELLE Loves:

Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It Thick, £12

Windle & Moodie Oceanic Spray, £22

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