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Summer Strand Struggles: Our Guide To Heatwave Hair

Summer ushers in the promise of long hazy nights and sunny days languishing on sandy shores with perfect mermaid hair.

However, we all know that the summer sun can bring in a whole new wave of issues when it comes to taking your hair from the beach to the club, dealing with humidity on the commute or even the joys of office air con.

From frizzy hair problems to dry ends and lack of volume, our cheat guide to Heatwave Hair is going to unpack the main ways in which you can combat summer strand struggles and maintain a tousled je ne sais quoi about your coiffure. Move over swamp monster from the deep and hello Brigitte Bardot!

Hair Mists, Sprays & Perfumes

There’s such a wide range of hair mists, sprays and perfumes on the market that it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for the season below.

Looking for bounce and volume?

Reach for a Hair Mist! Hair mists contain a variety of different minerals and vitamins designed to strengthen and enrich your hair. Italian brand Davines uses turnip extract in it’s Volu mist to provide hair with vitamins A, B and C.
Davines - Volu Hair MistTo use, spray Davines Volu (RRP £25.15 Our Price £22.45) onto towel dried hair to add volume and shine. This product can be used on all hair types but is especially effective on fine or limp hair

Looking to add texture?

Maybe you should try a hair salt spray! Salt Sprays are great for adding waves and movement to your hair for that tousled beach siren look.

Alterna Caviar Style  Sea Salt Spray  (RRP £29.50 Our Price £17.95) can be used when air drying your hair and helps to protect hair from heat.
Alterna Caviar Style Sea Salt SprayDead Sea Salt adds body and waves whilst Caviar extracts help to add shine and prevent dryness. Use on damp hair.

Looking to scent your hair?

Are you a classic beauty who is fond of spritzing your favourite fragrance on your hair? You could be doing yourself a disservice due to the higher alcohol content in perfumes which have the potential to dry out your hair. Hair perfumes, sometimes also referred to as mists, are especially formulated for hair, meaning that you can protect and hydrate your hair whilst also smelling fabulous – something to consider if you suffer from dehydrated locks. Sachajuan’s protective hair perfume 50ml helps protect against static and uses ocean silk technology to provide UV protection. It’s also great for when you want to freshen up your hair without reaching for the dry shampoo. Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Mugler have also formulated hair-friendly versions of some of their cult scents.

allbeauty loves:

Aquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100mlAquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100ml
RRP £34.00
Our Price £9.95
Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml

Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml
Our Price: £40.00

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml
RRP £41.00
Our Price £36.90

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30m

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30ml
RRP £35.00
Our Price £31.50

Hair Oils

Hair oils are great for hydrating dry strands, controlling frizz and preventing split ends from forming. Kérastase’s new Soleil Huile Sirene (literally translated as sunshine mermaid oil) is a beach bi-phase oil mist which offers softness, subtle scent and shine for hair exposed to sun, salt and UV rays. Been on a speedboat or on a summer hike? Use hair oil sparingly to smooth over any stray hairs to refine your look and add a bit of shine.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirene 150ml

Kérastase Soleil
Huile Sirene 150ml
RRP: £23.80
Our Price: £17.85

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £18.40

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté
Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml
RRP: £42.20
Our Price £31.65

Kérastase Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml

Kérastase  Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml
RRP: £43.00
Our Price: £29.95

Dry Shampoo

Of course, there are some moments in life when you need to get rid of excess oil in a hurry. Dry Shampoo is a key product to pack with you for festivals and glamping or even when you need an extra bit of volume for hair flattened by humidity . A spritz of dry shampoo at the roots goes a long way – just spray and massage into your scalp for sneaky styling on the go.

allbeauty loves:

 Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml

Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price: £10.20

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £16.95
Our Price £9.95

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml
RRP: £14.50
Our Price £6.95

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price £9.70

Masks & Shampoos for weekend repair

Is your hair showing signs of water damage from chlorine or seawater? Deep recovery and cleansing treatments can help to replenish hydration – we recommend masks enriched with coconut (vitamin B and potassium) for hydration and cleansing the scalp of product and environmental build up.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200mlKérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200ml
RRP: £32.99
Our Price: £24.75
Novex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400gNovex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400g
RRP: £8.40
Our Price: £7.25
TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml

TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml
RRP: £12.50
Our Price: £6.25

Revlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300mlRevlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300ml
Our Price: £14.95

Travel Sizes

Like the brands that you’ve read about but going on your holidays? Check out the following Travel Sizes for when you’re on the move:

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml
Our Price £9.00

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set 
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £22.95

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml
Our Price £4.95

 

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml
Our Price £13.45

Explore our full range of Summer Beauty products at www.allbeauty.com/summer

*Details correct at time of publishing

Haircare: Multi Step Routines

The transition from cold winter air to the humidity of summer means that Spring is a key period for ensuring that your hair maintains top condition from root to tip…

A time for renewal, this spring we’ve come up with a list of product suggestions to give your mane a new lease of life.

For even more inspiration to maintain your hair in top condition from root to tip visiting the Spring Haircare section on the allbeauty website

*Prices correct at the time of publishing

Kérastase Meets Megan Hess

Kérastase Meets International Fashion Artist Megan Hess

We find out more about her work, her love for Kérastase haircare and just how she became a global Instagram success in the world of fashion illustration…

Megan Hess allbeauty blogInternational fashion artist Megan Hess has worked with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world, including Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany and Co. to name just  a few!

Her work has appeared on the bottom of luxury swimming pools in Dubai to bespoke homes in Paris and New York and on the walls of the most coveted fashion houses around the world. Megan is the author of 4 best selling books and she illustrates all of her work with a bespoke Montblanc pen, who she affectionately calls Monty.

How did you start illustrating? What is your background?

I studied Graphic Design because it felt like a ‘real’ job in the art world, but I really always wanted to be a Fashion Illustrator – I just never knew back then that it was a possible career choice! After working as an Art Director in ad agencies for several years I packed everything up and moved to London. It was in London that I worked in a million different creative jobs and in my final job there I realized that I had a burning desire to be an artist. At this time I’d became the Art Director for Liberty Department Store. Whist I loved art-directing fashion I loved illustrating it more. I started to do very small illustrations for Liberty and from this art directors saw my work and little commissions began to follow. After about a year I found myself with non-stop illustration work and I knew I was going to do this forever.

Megan Hess Kerastase illustration allbeauty blog

As my clients got bigger and better I was able to be a little more selective and just work on briefs that I knew had a great creative opportunity. Then in 2006 I got a call in the middle of the night from Candace Bushnell’s publisher asking if I would illustrate the cover of ‘Sex and the City’. This really was my big break and suddenly my work was seen on a global stage. After this was released I was contacted by TIME magazine in New York to create portraits for them.. Following this, I began illustrating for Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman, Versace, Prada and Ferragamo….. Ironically, at the same time as my work finally took off I had my first baby!! Its funny, I always tell people that I haven’t really slept since 2006!!

How has Instagram helped to shape your career?

When I first started posting on social media it was purely just a creative outlet for me and I never saw it as part of my business. As things grew and my followers really increased I realised how powerful it was – suddenly I could post an image of a new print collection and the whole collection could sell out in 20 minutes! What I love most about social media though, is that it’s almost like your own edited magazine and I love that I have complete control of the content. You can essentially show your world through your own eyes.

Kérastase was the first hair care brand that you collaborated with, why Kérastase?

Kérastase is the best haircare in the world and I always knew that if I was going to collaborate with a brand in that category it had to be Kérastase. It’s also a brand that I have been using on my own hair since I was a teenager. The products that I’ve used within the brand have changed as my hair has changed over time. Initially it was all about gaining volume – now it’s the opposite and it’s all about calming and counteracting the frizz! It’s nice to work with a brand that you admire and trust.

What does the Kérastase woman represent?

I see the Kérastase woman as someone who is successful and positive in the way she leads her life. She wants to look her best but she also wants her beauty and hair rituals to be a natural part of her life. I see her travelling, working, creating the life she wants to lead. She is someone who is selective about the products she chooses.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere! I seem to find it when I’m least expecting it. I love beautiful photography books, travelling and just getting out of the studio and seeing other exciting things that are happening in the world. In terms of subject matter, I find people and all their differences and quirks the most inspiring. I love seeing how other people dress, live and create. I’m an observer and I love all the little details that make people interesting. I also think travel has a huge influence on me and provides endless inspiration.

How is your work different to other fashion illustrations? How did you find your signature style?

I think all illustrators have their own style. I always think of my work as capturing an imaginary world of chic women in amazing locations. I always want my work to inspire or bring a smile to the viewer. When students ask me how they can find ‘their style?’ I always say… ‘just keep drawing and your style will find you!’

Why do you think women connect with you?

I think they connect with me because we share a common love of beautiful things. I love to draw and create beautiful images that are inspiring and I think we can all do with injecting a little beauty and inspiration into our lives.

You can shop Kérastase haircare at www.allbeauyt.com. Read more about Megan Hess’ work on her website: www.meganhess.com. 

With thanks to Kérastase and Megan Hess for this interview. This interview first appeared on www.kerastase.co.uk, and has been duplicated with permission from Kérastase representitives, The rights of the images featured within blog post belong to Kérastase or Megan Hess and should not be reproduced without permission. 

NEW Kérastase Blond Absolu

Meet Blonde Absolu: the very first ultra-violet hair care system from Kérastase. With neutralising and caring properties, say goodbye to brassy tones and hello to gorgeous blonde…

Shop The Range:

Bain Lumiere Shampoo 250ml
Hydrating, illuminating shampoo for lightened or highlighted hair to gently cleanse, soothe and hydrate hair from root to tip. Infused with hyaluronic acid, hair is left feeling light and looking luminous.
RRP: £23.00
allbeauty Price: £18.00

Bain Ultra Violet Shampoo 250ml
Specifically designed for for lightened or highlighted hair, this iridescent purple shampoo neutralises brassiness and prevents unwanted yellow tones in blonde or grey hair leaving a nourished cool blonde. Enriched with Hyaluronic acid and Edelweiss flower to nourish hair.
RRP: £23.00
allbeauty Price: £18.40

Cicaflash Intense Fortifying Treatment 250ml
This opalescent milky gel is a super shot of care for lightened hair! With the restorative performance of a masque and the lightweight finish of a conditioner, it intensively nourishes, smooths, strengthens and softens hair. Suitable for all lightened blonde tones, Cicaflash restores the hair fibre to prevent breakage.
RRP: £26.50
allbeauty Price: £21.20

Masque Ultra Violet Treatment 200ml
This rich purple mask removes unwanted yellow undertones and brassiness, while deeply hydrating and restoring hair strands. Non-staining, use this hair maskonce a week, or as often as needed to keep your blonde hair luminous and cool and protected against oxidation.
RRP: £35.00
allbeauty Price: £28.00

Cicaplasme Thermal Protector 150ml
Enriched with Hyaluronic acid and Edelweiss flower, Cicaplasme cream helps seal split ends and smoothe hair for uniform touch and long-lasting frizz control. With UV filters to protect against damage, it also provides heat protection for up to 230°C from heat styling tools.
RRP: £25.00
allbeauty Price: £20.00

Must-Have Summer Hair Protection

So you know all about summer skincare, but what about summer hair protection?

When it comes to summer, you might be all over that SPF skincare malarkey, but what about your hair? The sun can be just as damaging to your tresses as it can be to your face. Our beauty editors reveal their must-have products for summer hair protection… 

1. The shampoo & conditioner

Novex Summer Beach Shampoo & Conditioner

Straight from the beaches of Brazil, Novex Summer Beach Shampoo & Conditioner is a deep conditioning system designed to combat the drying effects of the sun, sea and sand. With vitamin E to replenish moisture and encourage healthy growth and coconut and green tea extract to help combat chlorine and salt water damage. 

 

2. The hair mask

Davines Su Hair Mask

New in from Davines, the Italian haircare label taking the world by storm,  is the Su Hair Mask. A moisture replenishing hair mask specially designed to defy the effects of sun exposure, it contains citrus myrtifolia extract, a natural anti-inflammatory, to help soothe irritation or sunburn. Davines pride themselves on being eco-friendly, so packaging is 100% recyclable. Simply apply after shampoo and rinse after 10 minutes.

3. The leave in treatment

Kerastase K Soleil CC Creme

Suitable for all hair types, this complete care Soleil CC Cream from Kerastase protects, repairs, and illuminates hair that has been exposed to UV rays.  And, because it’s a leave-in treatment, it also helps to prevent hair colour change caused by the sun’s rays. Simply apply to damp or dry hair before sun exposure and reapply throughout the day as necessary.

 

4. The styling spray

Alterna Ocean Waves Bamboo Styling Spray

This paraben-free ocean waves texturizing spray from Alterna creates that coveted ‘just back from the beach’ look instantly. Infused with organic bamboo extract to strengthen hair, Tahitian coconut to moisturise  and Aterna Haircare Colour hold technology to protect colour from sun, seawater and other environmental stressors, plus a Brazillian mango and coconut milk scent to die for!

5. The SPF (yes, really!)

Ultrasun Daily UV Hair Protection

They say ignorance is bliss, but in this case it’s only going to lead to dry, sad looking hair. If you didn’t already know, you should be applying an SPF to your hair as religiously as your face during the summer – especially during heatwaves! Without it, hair is vulnerable to UV radiation, clorine and salt water. Not to mention colour fade. Try the Daily UV Hair Protector from Ultrasun which will also leave tresses supple and elastic – the pefect handbag size, spritz before you head out and top-up throughout the day.

Really want to treat your hair this summer? Shop all summer hair protection at allbeauty.com 

 

Spotted By allbeauty – Lily James in October’s Marie Claire

Actress Lily James was spotted by allbeauty in this month’s Marie Claire, talking about her beauty favourites.

Actress Lily James, currently starring in Romeo and Juliet, is best known for TV dramas Downton Abbey and War and Peace; her beauty faves were spotted by allbeauty in the October 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

As a teenager Lily suffered from serious acne (we were surprised too!) These days she likes to take care of her skin with Elemis Marine Cream and Elemis Toner. Although Marine Cream is primarily an anti-ageing treatment, it does provide hydration and supports collagen. Both great news for anyone dealing with acne scarring!

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Although Lily wears My Burberry Black (coming soon to allbeauty.com) the classic My Burberry Eau de Toilette isn’t a world away in scent. The fragrance contains notes of sweet pea, rose, freesia and patchouli. It’s described as “a London garden after rain” – how lovely!!

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Daily sunblock is essential, even in winter, to prevent premature ageing, sunspots and skin damage. Lily is a fan of Clinique City Block which is an oil-free formula for daily urban use. Perfect for on-the-go use and easy to pop in a bag.


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Not a natural blonde, Lily’s suffered terrible hair damage from years of bleaching. Hardly surprising that she looks to products like Kérastase Elixir Ultime to restore the hair and shield it from external aggressors.

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To tone her skin, Lily likes to use Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner
This alcohol-free toner is suitable for delicate, sensitive skin and can even be used as a soothing eye treatment when applied to cotton buds.

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Lily is also a fan of scented candles – we think she’d love the range by bespoke parfumiers Penhaligon’s! Our favourite is this Neroli candle – it’s a luxury splurge but just divine.

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You can see Lily in the October 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine, on-sale at time of writing.