Summer is fast approaching, and your holiday plan is all sorted: tickets bought, hotel booked, new swimsuit? Ready for packing. Then you look at your beauty-case and you’re sorting out what can go in a travel bottle and what should stay at home, when you finally realise… You’re out of summer products! Well, as trends come and go and new discoveries and developments take place in the beauty industry, this year’s list of top 10 haircare features a few interesting names. From the already famous ones to those that are still emerging, here’s what you can’t miss on your summer holiday checklist.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Carabao Mango and Hibiscus (back to index)

Philip Elasticizer

Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer has quickly become a cult product that its users swear by. But what is it, exactly?

The Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment, deeply conditioning, rich and - the name probably gave it away - a supercharging boost of elasticity for your tresses.

Why do you need it? Well, if after a day of sun, sand and sea mix your hair is a desperate case of dryness and gets easily knotty and matted, this gloss-inducing hair mask prepares your strands for your first round of shampoo (which should always be gentle anyways). The fragrance makes you think of a tropical destination, setting the mood for the perfect summer.

Gisou Honey Wash (back to index)

Gisou Honey Wash

Just by the looks of it, this sumptuous honey-infused, floral shampoo is gentle to hair and scalp and acts as a detoxing hair treatment, perfect for those that are planning on swimming head down in a swimming pool, or a lake. Dirt, pollution and protein build-up, begone! With Gisou’s Honey Wash all the nasties are banished from your mane, leaving behind a natural, crisp fragrance.

Those who have tried it confirm they have found “the one”, as this shampoo doesn’t aggressively get rid of your sebum but cleanses your strands and scalp with kindness, balancing the levels of your natural oils. A must!

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray (back to index)

IGK Beach Club

Perhaps this year you gotta make some extra bread and going to some exotic beach is not exactly on the priorities list. It happens, and unless you were lucky enough to be born a millionaire, then you’ve probably been there, done that and even bought the t-shirt.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t rock a summer look in the city. If you’re longing for that surf-and-sand sunkissed look, then this texturising spray will be your best friend!

Tousled beach waves will show everyone who’s boss - including, err, your actual boss, which you’ll be seeing all summer long.

JVN Hair Complete Hydrating Air Dry Cream (back to index)

JVN Air Drying Cream

Are you embracing your natural look this summer? If the answer is yes, then watch out for frizz and flyaways! Whether you’re sporting your air-dried tresses at work or on the beach, make sure you keep static at bay with the right leave-in conditioner and some extra care. If you’re wearing permanent hair extensions, make sure you take extra care of them! This hydrating cream by JVN is specifically designed with those who have ditched heated styling tools and hair dryers in mind. With chia seeds extract and squalane, this superior ingredients list will tame your natural hair, guaranteeing a soft hold and letting your natural texture shine.

Shade Variation Mask - Chic Copper (back to index)

Copper Hair Mask

If you followed the red hair trend during spring - perhaps inspired by Sydney Sweeney’s temporary change - then you may want to keep that flaming hot look for the summer. Red is on the list of the hard-to-keep colours, and if you had it for a while now you probably know why. Does your shower tend to look like a crime scene when you shampoo your hair? Yep, I know the feeling. Sea-salt water and sun are a bad combo for dyed hair, as it tends to strip the pigment away from your tresses! Thankfully, there’s a few products out there that can help you take care of your coloured hair and restore the pigmentation. This hair mask will bring your red back to life in a matter of minutes, so you can keep on bragging about #redhairdontcare in your summer snaps.

COOLA Scalp and Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF 30 (back to index)

No hair? No problem. Whether you’re temporarily exposing it to the sunlight because of a cool buzz-cut or facing issues such as alopecia, what’s important is that you start taking care of your scalp ASAP. Whether you’re on holiday or not, SPF is a real lifesaver.

This lightweight mist will protect your scalp from UVA and UVB rays, the 

It’s formula is packed with powerful antioxidants, and it’s water-resistant. Oh, did I mention that it also works perfectly for those struggling with greasy scalp?

Color Wow Dream Coat (back to index)

Color Wow Dream Coat

Named “the secret sauce to glass hair”, this product is nothing but intriguing. Online shoppers around the world have already gone crazy about this spray, but what is it and what does it do? Color Wow calls it the #1 humidity blocker, and it’s the piece de resistance of their frizz-lock collection: a lightweight, non-greasy spray developed with a groundbreaking humidity blocking technology, for glossy, glassy hair that will resist for 3 or even 4 washes.

This Dream Coat spray is good to be used on all hair types, specifically designed for dry, frizz-prone tresses or colour-treated hair. Perfect for hair extensions and safe to use on Keratin-treated hair, this little miracle in a bottle will be your best friend through a hot and humid summer.

John Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo (back to index)

Do you suffer from itchy scalp? Sunlight, sea-salt water, chlorine and sand are all factors that can easily contribute to irritate your scalp even more, turning your holiday into a scratching nightmare. This toning, refreshing and purifying shampoo will calm your irritated, itchy scalp and leave you with a fresh feeling - not bad after a hot day under the sun, huh?

Apply your after sun on your skin and experience the invigorating tingle of this tea tree oil and peppermint infused shampoo to kickstart your night out after a day of tanning and swimming. Finally, the last essential hair oil included in this wonderfully smelling formula is lavender oil, the not-so-secret ingredient that will cuddle your scalp.

Mizani Miracle Milk Leave-in Conditioner (back to index)

Mizani Miracle Milk

For those days in between washes, how do you keep your perfect hair in shape? One may think it’s easier said than done, and I would have agreed - before finding out about this miraculous recipe. Mizani’s Miracle Milk leaves your hair feeling weightless, soft and silky, so smooth you can run your fingers through it without second guessing.

The unusual heat of summer could be a danger to your hair, especially if it naturally struggles in retaining moisture. Forget about dead, dry ends with this hydrating potion, packed with frizz-control ingredients and heat protectant agents, and enjoy the sunshine like you should: carefree!

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask (back to index)

Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask

For your weekly deep conditioning, look no further than Moroccanoil. If you have fine hair you may find this product a little heavy on your tresses - but otherwise, I’m a huge fan of this brand and their awesome products. I can’t tell you enough how their hydrating shampoo and conditioner have saved my hair in the past summers, and even if I have switched it up on occasion (mostly to try things out and recommend them to you, my dear readers) this hair mask is something I keep coming back to, no matter the season.

One treatment takes up to 5-7 minutes, after which your hair is completely restored: not only your mane is rehydrated and shinier, but it also looks and feels healthier. Perfect for dry, coloured and dehydrated hair.

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