Summer is synonymous with beaches, pools and a lot of sun. We wait for the summer all year round, especially in the northern hemisphere, where temperatures can sink as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius in winter.
“Holiday" is a word that we all love. It means freedom, being able to sleep in later, go out for a walk, go to the pool, dive in the sea, hiking, biking, skydiving... whatever your holiday of choice is, it’s important to look after your hair properly.
This article is here to help you work out how to look after your hair, and to bring you some of Europe’s summer hair trends for 2021. Let's start with some simple and super practical hair trends!
Voluminous, choppy and wavy hairstyles are super fashionable at the moment. Summer has arrived and the long bob hairstyle is everywhere, straightened, Afro or curly. The bob gives freedom of movement, is easy to look after, and still gives you the option to put your hair up if you fancy it. Isn't that great?!
A layered haircut is an excellent option if you have voluminous hair, as it brings some lightness and the movement you want. As well as being practical, when brushed it looks luxurious. Short or long, a layered haircut is always in style and on the heads of celebrities.
Have you heard the messy updo? It's that hairstyle that looks like it’s a bit messy, but actually it’s super pretty and stylish. There might be a few strands loose, or it could be a loose bun... the messy updo is super simple to do!
Fringes are also very in right now, with the curtain bangs making their long-awaited return to the heads of people around the world. But don’t think that long fringes will go out of fashion! They'll be making faces pretty for years to come.
Balayage, which first appeared in French salons, is a technique from the 1970s which gives a lightening effect to the hair. It can be done in different ways, including one method called the “money piece” which highlights the face.
So, how to look after your hair in summer?
Without a doubt we want to make the most of the heat and freedom of summer without risking our hair, so it’s important to maintain it nourished and hydrated. Don’t forget that we have 15% water in our hair, and so it’s important to keep it hydrated and healthy.
Beach or swimming pool?
The salt from the sea leaves hair dry, so one way to alleviate that dryness is to put leave-in cream in before going into the water, even if it’s a swimming pool, as chlorine also dehydrates your hair. Tie your hair in a bun or a ponytail to avoid it touching the water, and try and use a leave-in cream with UV protection.
Try not to wash your hair with hot water, instead opt for warm or cold water. Salt and chlorine already damage your hair, and hot water only furthers the dryness caused by these factors.
Leave your straighteners and hair dryers behind! Summer is the time to leave your hair to dry by itself – what could be a better feeling than drying your hair in the sea breeze?
If you have dyed hair, you’ll need to take extra care. Use an appropriate shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair, and a leave-in mask to aid with hydration.
If you have a sensitive scalp, make sure to use a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
And finally, a haircut is important after all of that exposure to the elements! That way your hair will be rejuvenated and will look fresh, strengthening it for growth.
Now you’re ready to enjoy your summer, without fear of ruining your hair!