The Hair Care Rules to Follow When You’re on Vacation

Summer Hair Care Tips

Does your hair do crazy things when the weather is hot and humid? I’m incredibly lucky, and my hair has always been relatively easy to manage. I’ve never had a Monica Geller moment. However, because I regularly colour and heat-style my hair it’s not in perfect condition. And I always worry that sun, sand and dips in the pool will damage if further, come summer…

So I invited award-winning British hairstylist, Errol Douglas MBE, to share his summer hair care tips with Coco’s Tea Party. “The most common mistakes we make when travelling are exposing hair to sea salt and UVA rays,” Errol explained. And here’s what we can do to keep our hair protected while we’re on vacation…

If you’re planning to colour your hair before any summer travel make sure your salon appointment is scheduled at least two weeks before your departure date. The sun naturally lifts colour and, according to Errol, it will wash out any fresh changes. Errol also recommends using a conditioning treatment before travelling – especially if you have coloured hair. “It will ensure a healthy shine pre-flight,” he says. [Try the Redken All Soft Heavy Cream or the amika Nourishing Mask.]

“The most common mistakes we make when travelling are exposing hair to sea salt and UVA rays.”

Salt is not good for your hair (no matter how much Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray makes you look like an Olsen twin). So opt for a top-knot if you plan to go for a swim, and use a protective spray both in and out of the water. Errol suggests the Biolage Sunsorials range by Matrix, and I will be using Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil this summer.

Errol suggests tying long hair back into a fishtail braid or twisted bun during the day, as it will help to keep the sand out of your hair. (Sand can irritate the scalp, apparently). It also helps to prepare your hair for an effortless evening look. “When you take out the braid it leaves a great red carpet wave with soft movement,” he says.

“Avoid overuse of product,” Errol advises. “It looks more attractive to have natural movement through the hair when you’re on holiday.” And if you’re wondering when the best time to snap a selfie is Errol suggests waiting for those pre-dinner drinks. “Dusk offers a very flattering light for the face,” he says. “Refreshed, rested and back lit.”

What are your top summer hair care tips? And will you be trying any of Errol Douglas’ suggestions? I’m going to try and learn how to do a fishtail braid. Wish me luck…

Photo by Stephanie Sian Smith

This post was originally published in 2012, and has since been updated.


  1. Few days of heat and now my hair is so dry I can barely look at it o.o


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