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The best products for summer hair

Hotter months call for an upgraded regimen that will defend your hair against sun damage, make styling easy and see it through to fall in its best-possible condition, says SUZANNE SCOTT


BEST FOR REMOVING BUILD-UP Philip B Peppermint Avocado Shampoo

Product build-up and perspiration can make hair appear limp during the warmer months, so a weekly detoxifying shampoo is a must. This is one of our favorite shampoos to remove embedded styling products and give the scalp a proper cleanse, plus it won’t strip your color and is suitable for keratin-treated hair (a summer staple in our book). The peppermint is wonderfully cooling for a sunburnt scalp, too, and leaves hair with a real lightness and body.

BEST FOR REINVIGORATING YOUR COLOR Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss

UV and pool chemicals can distort your color, making blondes brassy and brunettes too red. This Shine Gloss from renowned colorist Rita Hazan helps to revive your color, restore its vibrancy and neutralize ‘off’ tones in between appointments with your colorist. It’s so easy to use: just work 8-10 pumps through wet hair after shampooing, while still in the shower; leave it for three minutes before rinsing out, then follow with conditioner. Hair is left with the most incredible shine.


This deliciously scented mist is your go-to when you want beachy hair without the crispy stickiness you get from natural saltwater or some other salt sprays. It quickly wicks away excess oil from your scalp, much like a dry shampoo, and adds a loose, wavy texture to your lengths. Mist liberally from your roots to tips, keeping the bottle a good few inches away so as not to douse your hair in any one spot, and work through with your fingertips. Easy.

BEST FOR UV DEFENSE Shiseido Sun Protection Spray Oil-Free SPF15

Just like your skin, your hair needs some protection against UV, especially if you have color or chemically treated hair, which, as we know, is particularly vulnerable to the sun. This oil-free mist is a brilliant option; it can be used on both your skin and hair and, thanks to its light texture, it won’t make your hair feel greasy. Top up every couple of hours, and don’t forget to spray and cover your parting.

BEST FOR ALL-DAY PROTECTION Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strength + Moisture Leave-In Mask

Slathering your hair in an intensely hydrating leave-in mask prior to a day spent in the sun and pool or sea water is a brilliant way to protect it, keep it feeling soft and silky and create a physical barrier between your hair and pool chemicals. This one by Briogeo contains argan oil and algae, so it’s a protectant that doubles as a repairing treatment. Comb it through your hair in the morning and wash it out in the evening for maximum softness.


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