With Christmas and New Years done and dusted, now is the time we’re ready to settle down, relax and set those 2021 resolutions with the intent on actually achieving them this time.
While hitting the gym, getting organized or being consistent with skincare often makes the list, most seem to forget that our hair needs a lot of love too – particularly over summer. Subjected to sun and high UV daily, chlorine from poolside days – and of course many a Christmas party-induced styling session – we tend to neglect a part of ourselves that is often the most on show. But we get it; it’s just been the busiest time of year and with a tonne of hair care on the market, you don’t have time to sort the good from the not so good.
At Louvelle, you already know we’re about looking after our locks, but we’ve compiled a few of our favourite masks and treatments to give your hair some extra TLC over the coming weeks.
We’re not sure if you’ve heard but our hair is actually at its most fragile and vulnerable when it’s wet. Meaning: more prone to tangling, splitting and breakage. That’s why first up on our list is the 3MoreInches Prewash Treatment. Infused with cashmere amino acids to repair and recondition hair, it replenishes and rehydrates the hair shaft (particularly in damaged locks) for softer, shinier and healthier hair. Additionally, wheat protein strengthens and nourishes your hair, coating each strand to protect it from breaking as easily when you wash it. Less split ends and breakage = healthier and therefore thicker, longer and faster growing hair; AKA our hair goals for the summer.
How to: Apply to dry hair at least 45 minutes prior to washing (or even overnight / during that HIIT session / nail appointment) for optimal results and then wash and condition as normal.
Next is a product perfect for those battling a bit of excess… *shine* in their hair. Inspired by memories of creating homemade face masks, hair treatments and body scrubs with her grandmother, Nancy Twine founded Briogeo: clean, natural hair care, with each product range formulated to texture-specific hair. Her Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum is a product soothing and detoxifying the scalp, providing relief to any inflamed, flaky, irritated and itchy heads.
The hero ingredients? Binchotan charcoal; acting as a magnet to draw out impurities clogging follicles, excess oil and even product build up in the hair, for those whose strands were hit hard with excess hairspray during December’s festivities. Peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oils then chime in to reduce itchiness, with witch hazel and hyaluronic acid providing essential moisture back into the scalp to prevent it from drying out. Because, even with oily hair, if it’s not receiving adequate hydration – in an act truly proving our hair sometimes doesn’t love us back – it can over-produce more oil to try and compensate, leaving us back at square one.
How to: Part clean, damp hair, applying a couple drops to each part. Massage in and don’t rinse out.
Summer means warm weather but it often also means humidity – which, as us curly hair girls know, spells ultimate hair woes. Once upon a time, frizz, and that dreaded “poofiness” (you know what we mean) would emerge and would make us want to run back to our straighteners arms outstretched.
But enter: Evo’s Liquid Rollers Curl Balm. A lightweight balm-crème combo, this product enhances natural curl shape whilst warding off frizz through moisturizing your locks. Giving a light hold to enhance your curl’s natural shape, it also seals the hair cuticle, which prevents moisture loss – therefore keeping the hair strands together and thus ‘defined’, eliminating frizz and providing fabulous humidity control. Winning the Best Curl Enhancer (2020 Marie Claire Hair Awards), curly-haired girls (and guys) can rest assured this product will be your best friend this summer.
How to: Apply evenly on damp hair. Let hair air-dry or dry with a diffuser for added texture and volume.
This next one is for all those who just need a little extra hydration. Kevin.Murphy’s luxurious Hydrate-Me.Masque combines Rose Hip Fruit Extract (containing essential fatty acids to help hair retain moisture) along with Evening Primrose Oil to help hydrate and soften the hair. This oil contains hydrophilic phospholipids (AKA for all the non-scientists out there: means they are attracted to moisture). Shea Butter helps to nourish dry hair and assist with battling dryness without clogging the hair shaft. Finally, Kakadu Plum helps smooth the hair’s surface to lock in essential moisture, boasting the highest concentration of natural Vitamin C in any known plant. Basically, this mask is like a drink of water to your hair.
Finally, this one is for those whose ends are looking a little sad, brittle and, well, split. Formulated without parabens, phthalates and silicones (as all good hair care should be), Living Proof’s Restore Repair Leave-In treatment leaves your hair feeling smooth, silky and salon-level soft. This treatment is like rehab for your hair, helping to repair damaged hair follicles, cuticles and protecting against any future stressors. Helping to prevent up to 93% of split ends caused by styling and containing UV technology to protect hair from sun damage, this is your summer savior for salt and chlorine soaked hair.
How to: Apply on damp hair, focusing on the ends. Style as per usual!
Of course, to ensure optimal results, we always recommend to use one of our RIVA Hair Towel Wraps post showering to absorb much of the water from your hair before drying / styling. Drier hair = less heat needed = healthier strands! Also, if applying a treatment or mask to damp hair, it also ensures more of the treatment is absorbed due to less water in the hair.
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Give one (or some) of these divine products a go this summer and let us know which ones your locks are loving!
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