Who doesn’t love summer? The feeling of the sun drenching your soul with that oh, so needed Vitamin D. Festivals, glitter, shorts, sunglasses, beachy hair, pub gardens, evening walks when it’s still light, not having to take a coat… oh I could go on. As much as I love the sun though, I always try to be careful about protecting my skin from its harmful effects, and it shouldn’t stop there. The sun is also capable of causing damage to your hair and scalp, as well as dulling the vibrancy and colour of your locks. Read on to discover how these new Philip Kingsley products aim to help protect, sooth and style your tresses this summer…
The new Summer Solutions range from Philip Kinglsey has been developed to deliver sassy summer style, while also offering protective properties from UV, salt and chlorine, as well as providing aftercare for any sun-sizzled scalps. There are four products available, which were released earlier this month and can all be easily picked up in John Lewis.
Created to guard hair from harmful UV rays, Sun Shield UV Defense (£22) comes in a 100ml spray bottle and has a light and fruity, floral fragrance. Enriched with sunflower seed extract it works effectively to shield against colour fade from sun exposure and reduces dryness and damage from chlorine and salt water too. This moisturising mist is also amazing for keeping frizz under control, which is a godsend for those who suffer the ill-effects of humidity to their hair. Simply spritz all over, and scrunch through.
Originally created for the US Olympic synchronized swim team, it’s easy to see why Swimcap (£15) is a favourite of hardcore swimmers, and pro water babies. Having been blonde before, I can tell you only too well the awful effects of chlorine to coloured hair, and thankfully this clever little product promises to eliminate colour fade, (green tinges!) and keep tones vibrant, and as they’re supposed to be. So whether you’re diving into chlorine-filled or salty waters, you can rest assured your do will do just fine. Packaged in a simple 75ml tube, the white formula has a floral, talc-like scent, and massages easily into wet hair before swimming, and can be rinsed off.
I’m sure we’ve all done it; spent ages applying sun cream to every inch – or so we thought – of our bodies only to forget about our scalps. If you’ve ever been out in the sun without a hat, that feeling of burning your scalp is just the worst! Last summer I was unfortunate enough to burn my scalp in the parting of my fringe. The pain was something else, and oh lord, the flaking afterwards was just unkind. After-Sun Scalp Mask (£17) does exactly what it says on the tin. This 75ml tube is infused with chamomile and aloe vera. With a fresh aloe smell, it soaks into sore scalps to offer a soothing, moisturising solution, and can be used all year round for dryness too.
I’m a big fan of beachy, tousled hair, and have pretty much tried every salt spray on the market, so it’s no surprise that my favourite in the range, and something i’ve been reaching for daily is the Instant Beach Texturizing Spray (£22). Now, unlike the aforementioned salt sprays this miracle mist gives impressive beach bounce without actually using salt, which can leave hair dry and crispy. With elastin and meadowfoam oil locks are left soft and manageable, without compromising on the big bouncy style you’d expect from the beach. As well as creating tousled tresses, it gives really great texture and thickness, and I’ve been using this sprayed through the ends of my hair before scrunching into a messy bun or up do to give extra oomph.