Summer Hair Saviours

May 23rd, 2024

May 23rd, 2024

As summer quickly approaches, we’re faced with the task of maintaining clients’ hair throughout the holiday months.  Chlorine in pools, salt in the sea and effects of the sun can all cause damage through prolonged exposure –  and to their stylist that clients turn to fix the dry, broken and discoloured hair after holidays abroad.  Whilst there are basic steps everyone can take to protect from damage, such as saturating the hair with fresh water before going in the pool and always wearing a swim cap, there are plenty of products which can further combat the effects.  We’ve rounded up of the best options on the market.

Phillip Kingsley Swimcap Chlorine Hair Protection Water Resistant Mask (£24.00)

Originally developed for the first US Synchronized Swimming Olympic Team, the Philip Kingsley Swimcap Chlorine Hair Protection Water Resistant Mask is an alternative mask-type product which can do wonders for your client’s hair throughout the summer months.  Swimcap protects the hair from chlorine, sea-water and UV rays and is designed to be used when tanning or swimming.  If your clients want a one-stop fix to incorporate into their haircare regime, recommend using Swimcap in freshly rinsed hair before getting in the pool to create a water-resistant film on the hair and then wash out with their regular clarifying shampoo and hydrating conditioner.  Swimcap also contains many hydrating ingredients, such as castor oil, olive oil, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, as well as hydrolyzed elastin to add strength, body and elasticity in an effort to reduce breakage.  Purchase here for £24.

TRISWIM After Swim Shampoo (from £12.99)

TRISWIM was created with swimmers’ hair at the forefront.  Safe for everyday use or as needed, the TRISWIM After Swim Shampoo was formulated to remove chlorine, bromine, salt water and chemical odour from the hair, preventing the dryness and breakage often seen after prolonged expose to water.  In addition to detoxifying, the formula contains moisturising properties through aloe vera, vitamin A and pro vitamin B5.  The TRISWIM Shampoo also has a natural lychee and mango scent, refreshing the hair and combating any chemical smell.  The TRISWIM Shampoo works best when paired with the TRISWIM After Swim Conditioner, created to restore moisture, shine and structure to the hair.  The TRISWIM After Swim Shampoo is available here alone for £12.99 or as a bundle for £24.99.

Ultra Swim Chlorine Removal Shampoo (£13)

Another product formulated specifically to prevent and treat the damage which swimmers’ hair can suffer is the Ultra Swim Chlorine Removal Shampoo.  With almost 5,000 reviews on Amazon, this cult-favourite amongst professional swimmers works to attack chlorine build up, releasing its bond to the hair which can build up from prolonged exposure or improper removal.  The Chlorine Removal Shampoo gently fights chlorine and its odour, as well as removing copper deposits which can cause the greenish tint often seen on blonde hair after a week by the pool.  Recommending the Ultra Swim Chlorine Removal Shampoo, which can also be paired with the Ultra Swim Ultra Hydration Conditioner to restore moisture to chlorine-damaged hair, is the perfect way to keep your clients’ hair manageable and reduce damage whilst on holiday.  Buy the Ultra Swim Chlorine Removal Shampoo for £13.00 on Amazon.


Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Collection (£27.55)

For clients with coloured hair, holidays can be a difficult balance between enjoying themselves and being tactical in getting their hair wet in order to avoid overdoing the chlorine or salt water exposure.  The Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Collection is the perfect defense against faded colour or the dreaded green-tint which can set in after too long in the pool.  Gentle enough for daily use, this collection of the Swimmers Wellness Shampoo, Conditioner and Remedy sachets nourish, strenghten and protect the hair, allowing your curly clients to enjoy their summer holidays without worrying about the effects on their hair.  Formulated without sulfates, this system effectively lifts out discolouration by removing copper build up and protects hair against damage from the build-up of chemicals and hard water minerals.  Buy here for £27.55.


TRIHARD The Hair Combo (£39.10)

Clients with curly hair can often suffer the most from exposure to chlorinated or salt water due to the dryness which can have massive detriments to both hair health and curl pattern or texture.  To put your clients’ minds at ease this summer, recommend using The Hair Combo from TRIHARD.  Developed and tested by scientists and athletes, TRIHARD products aim to support active lifestyles without compromising your hair or skin and The Hair Combo does just that for curly-haired clients.  The Swimmers Shampoo Extra Boost first removes any chlorine or salt water from the hair, relieving itchy scalps and providing an energizing effect to promote recovery and a cooling effect to regulate temperature.  The Pre & Post Swim Conditioner can, as the name suggests, be used both before and after entering the water, to either add a protective layer to the hair to reduce the absorption of any chemicals or to restore hydration to the hair after washing.  The TRIHARD Hair Combo will put your curly-haired clients at ease this summer and is available for £39.10 here.

AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense (£16.00)

If your clients are focused on trying to prevent water damage in the long-term due to lifestyle or exercise preferences meaning they will be in the water more frequently, the AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense is a great product to recommend.  This pre-swim treatment fights damage before it can occur by forming a barrier in-between the hair and the water, making it more difficult for chlorine, copper, sodium and other chemicals to build up in the hair.  AquaGuard is also suitable for curly hair, detangling and preventing knots, whilst also protecting the hair colour from becoming dull or washed out and hydrating the hair with a range of moisturising products.  The mask is also reef safe and cruelty free, making it perfect for use in the ocean or the pool.  Find it on the AquaGuard website for £16.




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