Prepping for a holiday is great. Getting home? Not so much.
One of the worst things is that when you come back you can find your hair is dry and brittle. All that sun and swimming in the sea can damage your locks. I know you said you’d cover your hair everyday and wear a swimming cap but let’s face it, most people don’t.
When you’ve got hair extensions this is especially annoying. The life of your extensions is drastically reduced by damage, which is why prevention is better than cure.
However there are a few ways that you can restore the strength and elasticity back into your locks. Here is Dream Girl’s month-long guide for restoring your holiday hair.
On the day you come back from holiday start by replacing your regular conditioner.Your hair will be dryer than normal so it needs some added moisturiser. Use something rich for the first week you’re back.
Think of it in the same way as your skin. You know that moisturizing every day will help to stop your skin from drying out while it’s tanned. Your hair is exactly the same.
Make a post-holiday resolution to use a hair mask to revive and restore your hair once a week. Hair masques are intensive. You massage them into your roots, not just the ends and it restores hair from root to tip. It will make it shiner and more manageable.
As hair begins to restore its shine head for a quick trim. Split ends and dry ends can damage the rest of your hair. They can be what makes hair knotty and difficult to comb. The last thing you want to do is pull and stretch hair, splitting and damaging it further. Get a short trim just to even the ends and rid yourself of the dead bits.
If you’ve now used a restorative hair mask three times and used a rich conditioner to bring back some moisture to your hair you’ll see it feels lighter and bouncier. Now is the time to start thinking longer term, about how you can keep your hair looking glossier all year round. Remember we’ve still got a chance of sun in the UK before the end of the summer. You don’t want all your good work to go to waste.
Look for a serum or oil that’s ideal for using on your hair regularly. This will help to lock in moisture, reducing the risk of hair drying out. It will keep hair both healthy and shiny.
A month after your holiday it can be tempting to pretend that your skin and hair have returned to normal. If you’ve followed the restore programme then chances are you’ve undone a lot of the damage. But your hair can still dry out. Drink plenty of water as this helps to keep both mind and body hydrated. You don’t have to wash your hair everyday. This can often make hair greasier and can strip it of valuable oils. Remember to turn down the heat and never skimp on conditioner.