Samantha Hamilton-Rushforth04 Aug 2015 AT 03:52 PM

Pro tips for healing sun-damaged hair

3 experts tell us how they detox their locks
Samantha Hamilton-Rushforth04 Aug 2015 AT 03:52 PM
Beauty, Hair, Coloured Hair, Hair care, Dubai, Salon
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Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash, Dhs110, Marquee
Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash, Dhs110, Marquee
Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque, Dhs235, Be Bar
Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque, Dhs235, Be Bar
Sacha Juan Ocean Mist Spray, Dhs115, Be Bar
Sacha Juan Ocean Mist Spray, Dhs115, Be Bar
Nashi Easy Detangler, Dhs55, Maria Dowling Salon
Nashi Easy Detangler, Dhs55, Maria Dowling Salon
Colour WOW Brass Banned Mousse, Dhs140, House of Fraser
Colour WOW Brass Banned Mousse, Dhs140, House of Fraser

Seasoned sun-worshipers will confess that whilst the searing heat may help you reach your tanning goals, it can also do a number on your hair. Fried, dried and dehydrated locks are an unfortunate side effect of hanging poolside, but luckily the damage can be effectively dealt with. ShortList rounds up four of the city’s most seasoned strand whisperers to learn their insider hair repair secrets.

Step 1: Break down your build up
Cat Hawkes, Artistic Director at Marquee, recommends opting for a detox treatment that will exfoliate your scalp and hair to get rid of any residue and build up. “This will act as a clean slate for you to then be able to treat the hair. Products like the Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash, a detoxifying shampoo that contains AHAs (fruit acids), breaks down fatty acids for a clean, clear scalp. The balancing essential oils penetrate the scalp to brighten hair and purify an oily or flaky hairline. It also contains anti pollutant ingredients that remove build-up of unwanted products and chemicals.”
Product: Kevin Murphy Maxi Wash, Dhs110, Marquee

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Step 2: Quench and strengthen your strands
Take a three-step approach to repairing and replenishing says Andrea Lindeyer, owner of Be Bar Blow Dry Bar, with a shower filter, UV-protecting hair mist and a heavy, replenishing conditioner. “I like to use Oribe's Gold Lust Transformative Masque, which not only nourishes the hair but strengthens the cuticle, rebuilding the hair's strength and elasticity. After applying, try sitting under a steamer or leaving it on in a hot shower for at least 10 minutes, ideally once a week.”
Products: Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque, Dhs235, Be Bar; Sacha Juan Ocean Mist Spray, Dhs115, Be Bar

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Step 3: Replenish your colour and handle with care
According to Maria Dowling, owner of her eponymous salon, the first thing to do when you get back from your holiday is head to the salon to review the full extent of the damage. “If your hair is coloured, it probably won’t be the same shade it was before you went away.  Reds and copper tones will have lost their richness and blondes might possibly be looking too light or brassy – both can be neutralised and colour corrected with the right products. After the summer season, hair should be treated with extra care, so when brushing, use a wide toothed comb to minimize snagging and breaking your strands.”
Products: Nashi Easy Detangler, Dhs55, Maria Dowling Salon; Colour WOW Brass Banned Mousse, Dhs140, House of Fraser 

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