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6 Hair & Scalp Care Tips For Summer

Living in London, where the mid-60s is considered a ‘hot day’ during the peak of Summer, the prospect of a beach holiday thrills me to no end. And who doesn’t love basking in the sun and cooling off in the sea and pool? Summer just wouldn’t be as fun without these things.

However… even though it feels glorious at the time, if you throw all caution to the wind your hair is likely to be a mess come September – and dealing with this is no fun at all. Here are my tops tips to maintaining luscious locks from June through to August.

Skin Vs. Scalp

I cannot tell you how many people I speak to that have experienced scalp burn. While we are very conscious of protecting our skin, the poor scalp is so often neglected. However, your scalp is skin – and as such it can burn.

A sunburnt scalp can be highly unpleasant, with redness and soreness that is followed by large flakes approximately a week later. Apart from not looking very nice, a flaky scalp is known to cause and/or worsen hair shedding in certain individuals. Very seriously, leaving the scalp unprotected can also lead to cell changes and skin cancer. To help protect your scalp, apply your regular sunblock to your parting – or to any other areas that are exposed. Alternatively, you can wear a hat or sit under a cabana or umbrella. If you have already burnt your scalp, apply the same logic as if your arms or legs got sunburnt: keep it covered until the skin heals.

Scorched Hair

You are not able to feel it, but the sun can burn your strands. UV rays degrade and weaken the hair’s protein structure in a similar way to bleach; it is why hair becomes lighter. It is also why sun exposure can make the hair very dry and brittle and riddled with split ends. Salt and chlorinated water can add to this damage, making a truly tress-terrifying trio. The best way to guard your hair is with a water-resistant moisturizing cream containing UV filters. We make one called Swimcap Cream that was originally formulated for the US Olympic Swim Team. You simply dampen your hair and apply it from root to tip. As an added bonus, Swimcap Cream gives your hair a hydrating treatment at the same time as protecting it. In fact, many people comment that when they use it their hair is in better condition after summer than it was before.


Like all skin, the scalp can become dry if you are dehydrated. The solution to this is an easy one: stay hydrated! Water is best, but any (non-alcoholic) drink will do.

Put Down The Pinot

The good news is that dandruff tends to be less common in the summer. However, the bad news is that a common summer cooler, white wine, often triggers it in predisposed individuals. Being someone who loves a chilled glass of Gavi by the pool, I know this news may be annoying for some. There is more good news though! Spirits (i.e. vodka and gin) are scalp friendly if drunk in moderation. Cheers!


Your hair is made of protein, so it’s important to include sufficient quantities of it in your daily diet. There are so many delicious, fresh and nutritious protein rich foods available in the summer, so do take advantage! My favourite seasonal delights are lobster (rolls), barbequed scallops and shrimp, steamers and soft shell crab. All very lean, all low in mercury, and each one packs a hefty dose of all essential amino acids needed for hair growth.


Last week when I was in Portofino my hair resembled a birds-nest after jumping in the hotel’s pool and letting my hair air-dry. I was torn between quickly detangling so I could tackle the lunch buffet ASAP – and taking my time and risking losing out on the fattest langoustine. However, knowing how damaging this can be, I was patient. But most women I saw were not. And why would they be? Many are not aware that pulling through knots can cause a lot of breakage and thin the appearance of the ends.  A great way to make things easier is to carry a travel-sized detangling spray in your beach bag, like our Daily Damage Defence. Start detangling at your ends and gently work your way up.

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Diet & Nutrition Tips for Healthy Hair

Spring has sprung; cosy coats and bulky boots are being tossed aside to make way for jackets and peep-toe shoes. The urge for a top-to-toe makeover is in full swing – and for many this involves embarking on a healthy new lifestyle, with improvements to diet and fitness. No look really feels complete if we don’t feel good about our hair, so it’s important to make sure your locks are benefiting from these changes, too. And most importantly, are not impacted adversely. Here are my favourite, and lesser-known ways, to give your hair a revitalising boost from within.


I am not talking about the 1st planet from the sun, but the metal element found most abundantly in larger fish, like tuna, king mackerel and swordfish – which we tend to eat more as the weather gets warmer. Mercury is toxic and can build up in our systems causing various health problems if levels get too high – and one such problem is hair loss. To help avoid overexposure, try to limit your intake of these high mercury foods to once a week maximum. Fan of sushi? Swap out your tuna for salmon, shrimp, eel, crab or scallops.


Hair is composed primarily of protein, so incorporating enough into your daily diet is essential to the growth of strands. Eggs are perhaps my favourite hair healthy protein as they contain all essential amino acids and are also absorbed easily by the body. While the bulk of an egg’s protein lies in its whites, the yolks are a great source of Vitamin B6 & B12 and Vitamin D – all of which are good hair boosters. As a general rule, we ask that people include at least a palm-sized portion (approx. 120g) of a ‘complete protein’ at breakfast and lunch to support optimal production of hair cells. Apart from eggs – fish, lean meats, low fat cottage cheese, poultry and quinoa are good examples of complete proteins. Nuts, pulses and tofu are also protein rich, but alone they do not contain all essential amino acids. It’s therefore important you mix and match them to get the full array that you need.


Energy to form hair cells is at an all-time low first-thing in the morning, making breakfast the most important meal of the day for your hair. Within 2 hours of waking, eat a nutrient dense meal that contains both protein and complex carbs. Think eggs on wholemeal toast, smoked salmon on an everything bagel or quinoa porridge with nuts and berries. As an added benefit, eating a hearty breakfast helps to amp up your metabolism for the rest of the day.

Two For Tea

If your new health regime involves upping your chai or matcha tea intake, remember to add a dash of milk. Tannins found in black tea can bind to iron in your blood, increasing the likelihood of anaemia. Anaemia and ferritin (stored iron) deficiency are common causes of hair loss in women.


Energy to form hair cells drops 4 hours after eating. If more than this time is left between meals, snack on a healthy carbohydrate, like fresh fruit, vegetables or no-added-sugar granola to energise your follicles. Do not eat full-fat dairy, such as cheese, as a snack – this takes over 4 hours to digest.

Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements can be great hair helpers – but you will only really see their full benefits if they are taken alongside a healthy diet. Hair is a non-essential tissue. This means that if your nutrient levels are lacking, any goodness contained within a supplement will first be sent to essential organs, with your hair receiving little, if any. The best hair supplements are those that contain nutrients at levels specifically geared towards your strand’s requirements. I take our Tricho Complex nutritional supplement every day with breakfast. It contains iron, Vitamin C, Biotin, Zinc, l-lysine and B12 to help support hair growth from within. It also contains Vitamin D3 as studies are increasingly showing a link between Vitamin D levels and hair health.

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