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How to Condition and Style Your Hair for the Summer


Summer Hair Saviours

Location: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India
I’m at a point where I love my hair colour and for the majority of people that know me, it’s one of my most recognisable traits. My hair originally earned me my ambassadorship with the wonderful L’Oreal team and it’s something I take great care of, from my everyday routine to ensuring it gets a little extra love when I’m flying all over the world. From candyfloss pink, to the brightest shade of purple, to my now silver platinum locks; my hair colour of choice is not only a part of me, it’s a part of my brand too.

However, over the past couple of years of silver hair, I’ve found that maintaining the vibrancy and condition is no mean feat, especially when I’m travelling so much. Along the way there’s product build up, styling heat, unwanted chlorine, brassy tones and so much more to contend with, but over the years I’ve found some absolute hair saviours, that I never leave home without.

You’ll most likely recognise some of the products, as I’ve been using them for months and even years in some cases, but I thought the time was right to share with you my 2018 hair routine and which products really are my holy grails. You’ll find lots of these items are perfect for maintaining my dry, coloured hair that travels all over the world in search of the next adventure, but no matter what your hair type, I hope you’ll find something that saves the day for your locks too – adventure bound or not!

Maintaining & Lifting

The tough part of keeping silver hair silver, is ensuring that the colour stays vibrant, glossy and the right undertone of grey as long as possible. I personally have dry hair due to the bleach, which can sometimes be frustrating when you are craving glossy, goddess esque locks but it can also be great for maintaining your preferred shade. When I leave the capable hands of Amy Fish at the Larry King Salon in London (she uses Redken custom colour to achieve my shade) I am fortunate that I only have to think about washing my more dry hair, every 4-5 days or so. When it does get to dreaded hair washing day, there are a few trusted products that are permanent fixtures in not only my shower at home but in my suitcase too.

L’Oreal Low Shampoo – Surprise surprise, my holy grail! If like me you have coloured, treated hair and especially if it becomes dry after styling, you NEED this in your life, it’s as simple as that. Low shampoo is low sulphate, doesn’t foam, conditions while it cleanses and removes impurities, all while ensuring no product build up in your hair.

Redken Extreme Megamask – The ultimate hair mask if your hair needs a little extra love and care, especially if it’s feeling brittle and needing some extra moisture after colouring. The two different solutions combine together to create a hair mask that strengthens, conditions and completely brings my hair back to life, a must after long haul flights.

L’Oreal Professionnel Silver Shampoo – If you’ve ever wondered how I bring my colour back weeks post colour, this is how. I have tried so many silver shampoos created to neutralise yellow and brassy tones, but this is by far the best out there. If you have bleached hair that begins to show brassy highlights after UV damage and everyday pollution, then this is the product for you.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil – I have always been a fan of using a hair oil, especially towards the ends of my hair and my current favourite is the extraordinary oil formulated for coloured hair. I love how lightweight this oil is and how well it smooths and detangles. I use this both on my wet ends to protect and on a new blow dry to stray tame hairs and add shine.

Styling & Taming

The next steps for me are all or none. I often leave my hair in it’s natural state and avoid hitting it with unnecessary heat and/or products on an everyday basis, but if we’re creating content than I’ll go for my trademark loose waves with lots of volume in the roots. The GHD hairdryer is a favourite for adding volume and drying my hair in super quick fashion – no one wants to waste their entire evening drying their hair now do they? I dry my hair upside down to add natural volume without product and then use my GHD creative curl wand to add loose curls that I then brush out to form waves.

L’Oreal Stylista Wave Mist – A fairly new discovery in my beauty cupboard but one I rarely go without when I’m styling my hair into waves now and especially amazing when I’m in a hotter climate. The salt style spray adds beachy texture to waves and offers long lasting hold if your waves, like mine, aren’t naturally given!

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Extender – There are some days when washing your hair is a task you’d really rather not take on and when that’s the case I reach exclusively for the Redken blow dry extender. This is hands down the most amazing ‘dry shampoo’ product that leaves no residue, adds texture and volume and gives me at least one more day of style if not two!

L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray – The one product on this page that really needs no introduction or explanation, L’Oreal Elnett hairspray. The holy grail of hairsprays that has never been beaten and is my go to product for any up do or anything I’m rocking that needs a little extra hold.

L’Oreal Stylista Sleek Serum – Another new addition to my beauty cupboard but a must have for those sleek, pulled back high ponytails I like to rock when I’m suited and booted. Not only is the sleek serum a heat protectant to use before styling, I love to add a little to my finished look to tame any fly aways and baby hairs that have evaded my touch.

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Images taken at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, India.

Flights with JetAirways. If you’re interested in the multi-city trip that I experienced, flying from London to Mumbai to Jaipur, (you need to take a different airline from Jaipur to Hyderabad), but Hyderabad back to Mumbai, Jetairways offer a multi-city trip from £668 pp in economy, and it’s honestly a service I really enjoyed. Highly recommended!

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