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Keeping 50plus Hair in Top Condition in Summer


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by Celebrity Stylist Denise McAdam
 
With summer holidays upon us, how can we best protect our hair against the damaging effects of sun, salt water and chlorine and keep it in tip top condition?


Would you lie on the beach with out sunscreen to your skin? I hope not.The same applies to you hair. Strong UV light draws moisture from the cortex, the hairs middle layer resulting in structural damage. As a consequence, the outerlayer, cutical, becomes very rough which results in the hair looking dry damaged and without shine.

The key thing is protection and moisturising.

Swimming; again the key word is protect whether you are in salt water or chlorine .The good thing about swimming in the sea is you can put lots of conditioner or protection gels on your hair before you go swimming and you can create some great looks .The pool Is a lot more difficult as these products block pool filtering systems the chlorine is very bleaching on the hair the best protection is a swimming cap though its not very flattering on holiday. You can look cool in a stylish hat or baseball cap for lazy sun worshipping swimming.
 
Make sure every evening you are using a good moisturising shampoo and conditioner and at least once a week a deep conditioning treatment

If you have thin hair don’t forget to use a scalp protection. I would suggest a spray formula.

Do  hair straighteners  damage  hair? How can you keep it healthy and shiny?

Hair straightening will not directly damage the hair. It is important the hair is brushed before straighten to loosen of any l tangles so hair shaft is straight, Hair that has been freshly washed must be dry. It is very important to carry out a good cleansing and conditioning routine.
The most important; is to use a little serum through the hairs lengths and ends for protection. After all you would not put a hot iron straight on to a cashmere jumper

What are the best  hair products  for taking on holiday?

Intensive conditioner is a good investment, it nourishes and moisturises and you can make some sleek beach looks and your hair is being protected from sun, sand and sea. Hydrating shampoos and chlorine removal. UV protection gels are great, spray formulas  are the best.

Don’t forget your travel dryer and your serum.

Finally, a little tip from me. Pour pure mineral water over you hair after sea swimming as it will rinse the salt deposits out of your  hair and scalp and refresh  the hair so you can re-apply your UV protection

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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