Flubit’s resident beauty expert Rosanna Mayhew has whipped up many wonderful ideas to keep the beauty levels sky high this summer. All of which can be demanded on flubit.com of course!
How much sun time the British summer is likely to proffer is an unknown but when the balmy days of summer do arrive it’s essential we’re heat-wave ready.
The very first teaser of sunshine is the cue for men in flip-flops and women shopping for floaty dresses, whilst simultaneously grabbing the nearest bottle of fake tan to mask those pasty legs. Come milder temperatures we might all swap our face moisturisers for something a little lighter but how do we make our hair look its best for the summer months?
If the headlines are to be believed we’ll all soon be donning our cossies and leaping into the nearest patch of open water for a spot of Robson Green style wild swimming. But even if we’re just more inclined to pop to the local leisure centre, chances are over the next few months we’ll be exposing our locks to chlorine as well as humidity, UV rays, sea and city stresses.
So here’s our prescription for achieving lustrous hair this summer using the best natural products on the market.
Over the years I’ve tried a whole gamut of organic, natural, eco and ethical products. The choice of these products has proliferated in line with our desire to be a more conscious shopper and for cleaner ingredients. When I was a teenager I trawled trade shows with my journalist sister and we’d quiz the creators of such companies and come back with goodies to try out at home. In Britain we embraced the principles of organic and natural hair care much later than we did organic face care – but just like the skin on your face, your scalp absorbs much of what you put onto it, in fact more so because the scalp skin is quite thin. Thankfully now there are a number of great products to choose from.
Best shampoo & conditioner to restore and rejuvenate
The very best shampoos and conditioners I have come across are those from John Masters. No parabens, no sulfates, no phthalates – nothing toxic goes anywhere near them. The gorgeous smelling Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo contains soy protein to replenish lanky locks and restore shine. As for conditioner, it has to be the Citrus & Neroli Detangler. Trust me, if it’s got the word ‘detangle’ in it I’ve tried it and this is one of the best. If you’re prone to frizz when the sun shines and the humidity soars then this is for you – you can even use it as a leave-in conditioner. You’ll be in good company – John Masters products have a cult following and celebrity fans include Minnie Driver, Thandie Newton, Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
An intensive weekly mask
Once the sun comes out our hair is prone to added weakness and breakage. So now’s the time to invest in a proper moisturiser – here are two of the best all-natural ones:
A light oil for maximum shine
The latest lightweight oils can really help winter-weary hair. You can apply a few drops before hairdrying but I often put a bit on just before bed (to dry hair) to give it a good long while to work its magic. We suggest Ojon Rare Blend Oil. Winner of the Elle BeautyAwards 2012, the key ingredient is oil from the nuts of the Honduran Ojon tree (extracted in the traditional and sustainable way). The bottle is pretty as a picture with three different coloured layers – you just shake to blend before using! Packed with 30 other natural ingredients and essential oils and containing no toxins, it’ll make your hair smoother and glossier for summer.
For coloured hair
Hot sun can seriously affect coloured hair – I’ve certainly suffered from straw-like hair come the summer. So go for Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil – it contains UV filters to minimise sun damage and colour fade. If you’re after a pre-summer hair dye or want to top up your highlights without exposing your hair to excessive bleach then I’d recommend heading either to a high-street Aveda salon (added bonus of gorgeous herbal tea and a massaging chair!) or search for your nearest salon specialising in Organic Colour Systems dyes – I’ve used both and the results are great.
My all-time best hair discovery has to be the Tangle Teezer. These nifty little hairbrushes are a miracle worker – and a lifesaver during the summer’s onslaught of sun, sea and sand. They’re so lightweight they won’t weigh down your beach bag either.
Best buy for the time poor / mums on the run
If you’re contending with hot and stuffy city commutes and just haven’t had the time to wash and style then dry shampoo is the answer. With a host of celebrity fans, Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo contains softening oat milk and nettle to regulate sebum production. It costs just a couple of extra pounds than the leading dry shampoo brand but won’t have you smelling like a teenager who’s just discovered the musks of fruits of the forest and dewberry. It’s not one to use too regularly, but it’s a real summer lifesaver – the travel-sized can is great to have on standby in your handbag too.
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