Can You Have Happy Holiday Hair?

“You know what, I actually think you can have happy holiday hair,” says hair pro Lisa Shepherd and Pro:Voke ambassador. “In fact for some of us, ie those with flat, thin hair, it may look better: salty sea spray = double the volume!” She obviously talks from experience but if, like me, your hair just seems to get wider whatever the weather, it’s a different story.

Her tip? “Choose a styling cream instead of a trendy hair oil, as these give more moisture and control.” “Dry hair is ageing,” says the first lady of hair Denise McAdam. “Summer hair is all about condition and as a woman with curly hair I have two choices: flatten it with a Brazilian-style treatment, or embrace my curls and take it on the chin!”

“Most of us benefit from something fake in their hair,” says Lisa. “Fake buns, ponys, braids. It’s not about getting extra length: if you have a bad hair day, you can just whack it up and put something fake over the top for better volume, control, lift and style in one. Braids look relaxed and beachy, even past 50. My go-to style is to weave a loose French plait off my face, tie the ends then twist and tuck them back into the plait at the nape of the neck, pulling them through underneath.”

Frizz: John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Agent Touch-Up Crème, £5.99, to instantly halt frizz Flat: Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturizing Sea Spray, £20, to keep it soft yet styled  


LEAVE IN A CREAM before, during and after you’re in the pool or sea. This will leave hair deeply conditioned because you’re harnessing the sun’s rays to open up the hair’s cuticle, allowing conditioner to penetrate further. Pop one of these in your beach bag along with your sun cream to keep hair protected from chlorine and salt water too. Massage KMS Curl Up Leave-In Conditioner, £14.50, with glycerin and orange extract, into damp hair to prevent crunchy curls; on towel-dried hair Organic Colour Systems Aqua Boost Leave-In Conditioner, £11.95, is super silky; or this new multi-purpose leave-in cream Kérastase Soleil CC Crème, £20.90, with UV filters.

Relaxed easy updo
For a casual top knot that’s not too sleek and tight, Lisa is a big fan of Hair Rehab London Clip-on Bun, £21.99, in 15 colours, with a drawstring to pull tight over your own hair. “Put hair up in a relaxed pony as if you’re having a bath and don’t want to get it wet,” she says. “Tuck the ends away then soften the hairs that frame your face so it’s not too harsh. Add the bun over the top, tighten the string and fasten in place, then style the fake hairs to suit your look, combing them with your fingers.” Take you two minutes!

Cover up
“While the majority of us wouldn’t dream of going into the sun without sunscreen on our skin, it amazes me how many people don’t think their hair needs the same protection,” says Karine Jackson, organic hair expert and previous London Hairdresser of the Year. “It’s like exposing hair to a constant dryer on full heat – you’re effectively burning it, drying out the moisture, leaving it coarse and frazzled.” 
With calendula oil and olive wax, try Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil, £13


Try super-light extensions!
“The latest are ‘boyfriend friendly’, dry easily, make you feel as if you have healthy hair yet you’d never know they were there,” says Lisa. She’s a huge fan of Great Lengths, 100% 
human hair extensions that are ethically sourced from India, where money goes back into supporting the local community.

Get a bigger hat A wide brim instantly helps rebalance the figure, and “it’s a must if you have colour,” says Denise, “and protects not just your hair, but face and neck too.” w&h loves Heidi Klein Wide Brim Hat, £125

Treat coloured hair well…
One of the most intensive hair masks to try is KhairPep Transforme K18 Peptide Hair Repair Masque, £47.50 at SpaceNK, ideal for brittle hair; takes four minutes but on holiday I’d leave it on for 20.
Like smothering your hair in liquid gold, one application of Pro:Voke Liquid Blonde Intense Shine Conditioner, £4.99, gives instant luminosity and shine.
Reduce brassiness while boosting your colour with Pro:Voke Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo, £3, and not just on blonde or greys but copper and redheads too.
If you don’t have your roots done before you leave, “take Color Wow Root Cover Up, £28.50,” says colour pro and ambassador for Color Wow Nicola Clarke. “It’s quick and easy to apply, and doesn’t wash out when you’re swimming.”


“Always wash the chlorine out of your hair every day you’re away,” says colour queen Nicola Clarke, “otherwise it will build up and can turn blonde hair green.” Use a really good-quality, sulphate-free shampoo to help protect colour and to get rid of chlorine and salt water, such as Color Wow Color Security Shampoo, £9.”

“Don’t blow-dry your hair too much on holiday. Embrace a more relaxed beachy look by applying some mousse to damp hair and letting it dry naturally.” 
Denise McAdam