Tuesday Tips: 10 Steps to wedding-ready hair

Favourite summer activities such as swimming and sunbathing can cause serious damage to your tresses. But worry no more as the beauty gurus  from Hairtrade.com have provided ten helpful hacks that will turn your tired tresses into lustrous locks just in time for your big day.

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Whether you plan to go for an intricate updo or wear your hair down, now it’s time to give your hair some TLC. Just take a few simple steps including ditching the pony tail, switching to organic hair products or applying an avocado mask to improve the appearance of your tresses.

“People tend to stock up on SPF during the summer months but completely forget that hair needs protecting, too,” explains Joanne Dodds, beauty expert at Hairtrade.com. “After time in the sun, your hair needs time to heal and these tips make sure your locks are back to normal in no time.”

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1 Rinse with cool water

Rinsing your hair with cool water after washing will seal up the hair cuticles that have been opened by the hot water, therefore locking in the much-needed moisture gained from conditioning.

2 Say ‘no’ to sulfate

Sulfate is a common ingredient in shampoo, but it can cause problems for damaged hair, as it strips off beneficial oils. Minimise additional frizz by checking the label and opting for organic sulfate-free products such as Liz Earle or The Body Shop.

3 Go for a trim

Getting rid of split ends is the key to shiny hair and this is especially important if your hair is dry from heat exposure. Cutting off the ends will get rid of the most damaged parts of your hair.

4 Wash your hair after swimming

Leaving chlorine in your hair after swimming is a definite no, as it dries it out further. Make sure you wash your hair before sunbathing to avoid additional damage.

5 Try a DIY avocado mask

When blended with oil, avocado is a fantastic ingredient that adds nutrients to the hair, making the ends less frazzled and the hair shinier.

6 Give warm coconut oil a go

Heating up coconut oil until it’s a liquid consistency can make a fantastic natural repair mask for your hair. Run this through the ends but avoid the roots as much as possible to avoid greasy looking hair.

7 Use aloe vera

Although we tend to associate aloe vera with skincare, its repairing effects are also beneficial to your hair. This is a wonder product if your scalp and hair are sun-damaged – apply it to both and let it sooth and revive.

8 Treat dark hair to black tea

If your dark hair colour is looking a little lackluster, rinsing it in dark tea will help to bring back the colour that the sun has taken away.

9 Avoid ponytails

Wearing your hair down as much as possible will prevent the additional breakage that using a bobble can create. If you do go for a ponytail, make sure you wear it at slightly different heights each day to avoid too much pressure.

10 Read West Weddings

Ok, this one’s from us! Get some wedding hairstyle ideas from our latest edition of West Weddings magazine here.