As summer hits, the skin and hair goes under so much heat and needs special (haircare) attention.

Dry ends, frizzy hair, and dull hair are just of the main concerns that our hair deals with come summertime. We slather our faces and bodies in sunscreen but almost often neglect to protect our hair from the heat of the sun, water elements, and heat damage from styling tools. Before you go racing to the salon for a drastic chop you will regret, we’re here to help. With a little haircare TLC, they can revive and make all the difference. For this, we’ve tapped an expert – Dubai’s OG hairstylist, Maria Dowling to share haircare tips and solutions to caring for our hair over the summer.

Why do we trust in Maria? The “Queen of Colour” is renowned for creating the most natural and flattering colour for her clients, making her mark as the region’s leading hair colourist. With a career spanning over more than 30 years, Maria still remains as a go-to for tackling hair concerns.

The sun is not your hair’s BFF

Try to avoid your hair being in direct sunlight. If you don’t want to wear a hat, then a topknot is a good alternative. Always use products that have UV protection.

Hydration, hydration, hydration

Remember, the ends of the hair are 4 to 5 years old so treat them with lots of moisture and nourishment. Stay hydrated and opt for in-salon moisturising treatments before and after sun exposure.

Be prepared to fight the frizz

There can be excess humidity in the summer months so using leave-in treatment products such as Olaplex no 6 will minimise the look of frizz and nourish the hair. Opt for haircare treatments with advanced anti- frizz formulas that leave hair super glossy, glassy, and ultra smooth

Shower before your swim

The hair cuticle can only hold a set amount of water so by showering your hair before you go into the pool/sea, your hair cuticle will not absorb too much of the sea/pool water. If you wet the hair down with masque beforehand, you can also double down on the protection for your hair. Once you return from the beach or pool, be sure to do a hair treatment to restore hydration and moisture levels and minimise damage. Remember, the negative impact of the sun and pool/sea water will be felt about 3 weeks after the exposure so do as much as you possibly can to minimise the hair’s exposure to these.

Be colour-safe

Those with coloured hair need to be extra careful about exposure to external aggressors such as chlorine from pools and the sun. Firstly, they should always use a colour-specific shampoo as this will lock in the colour and prevent fade.

With all this in mind, Emirates Woman rounds up the essentials to add to your summer hair care and everything shower routine. Scroll the gallery below to discover 10 haircare heroes to protect your hair this summer.


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