Some girls seem to always have it. That perfectly sun-kissed, fresh-from-vacation head of hair that makes every Instagram snap look like it was taken on the beach. But as jet set as our fave A-listers are, they can’t always be on holiday now, can they? So if, like us, you long for the sun-kissed tips of Alessandra Ambrosio and dream of achieving the colour lift lent only by basking beachside for weeks in Bali, read on to find out how.
1. Brunettes Beware
A-list colourist Josh Wood, who tends to the locks of Gwyneth and Elle Macpherson, warns of the difficulties of achieving the perfect holiday hair, saying, “It’s easier for blondes to achieve a colour that could have been made by nature because a little sun exposure and asking for a bit more colour around the hairline will give the appearance of a few weeks in The Hamptons. Brown hair can turn orange in the sun, so I do a pre-holiday highlight that lifts hair just enough to allow the sun to do the rest, resulting in a natural caramel tone.”
2. Don’t Be Precious
“Colour should always be a little accidental and not too perfect, as if the hair has been surf and sun exposed. Keeping your tips lighter than the roots is a great way to maintain that sunny summer finish,” says Josh Wood.
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3. Know Your Natural Hue
“Let your colourist know whether you were golden or creamy blonde as a child- this will help them understand what will best suit your skin tone now. Lighter blondes can get a good lift without bleach, which is always beneficial,” advises celebrity colourist Louise Galvin.
4. Beach Perfect
“Ask your colourist to weave in the finest natural highlights, and consider leaving the underside of your hair its natural colour, as the sun wouldn’t normally reach it,” suggests Louise.
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5. Try The Art Of Undone
Wondering how Alexa achieves that artfully dishevelled and gorgeously effortless hair? George Northwood, the man behind her ‘do, explains, “This cut is achieved by slicing invisible layers through the hair to achieve the choppy, undone effect. Those with finer hair should consider keeping it blunter at the ends and choppier through the lengths.”
6. Remember The Re-Growth Rule
“Sun-kissed colour looks great on healthy hair, whereas frizzy, dry hair- often the result of too much bleach, heat styling and sun- is seriously ageing. On return trips to your colourist, ask them to treat only hair regrowth, not lengths, to maintain condition,” says Louise Galvin.
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7. Mask Up
Silky, smooth, shiny hair looks healthy and well cared for. Try and give your hair regular treatments, and apply a quality mask when sitting in the sun- it’s a great way to get the benefits of condition and a little lightening as well,” advises Josh Wood.
8. Comb With Care
“I see too many people ripping through their hair with a comb when conditioning- this causes terrible damage,” warns Louise. “Instead, apply conditioner to the mid-lengths and tips and start to comb hair from the ends upwards. You will lose much less hair and avoid split ends.”
9. Keep Colour Fresh
“Try the SP Color Save mask by Wella, £24- it’s specially formulated to seal permanent colour into the hair,” says Josh Wood. “I also love pre-shampoo oils that deliver nutrients to hair before washing. I’ve formulated one called Radiant Shine, £10, that adds great gloss to coloured hair.”
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10. Dry Right
“Rough-dry hair, using your fingers to twist and manipulate the movement of your cut. Frizz is best avoided by keeping the nozzle on your dryer and running a small amount of hair oil like Redken Diamond Oil, £31.99, through the hair before drying,” explains George Northwood, hairdresser to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
11. Make It Matte
“Spritz Kerastase Spray a Porter, £23, onto damp hair to give a cool matte effect and when it’s dry rub the ends of your hair together between your palms of your hands to make it feel lived in. Dry shampoo is also great for giving it a hint of body if your hair is too flat and silky,” says super stylist Luke Hersheson.
12. Tong It
“Try using a tong like the Hershesons Waving Tong, £98, taking large sections and wrapping the mid-lengths around the barrel and leaving the ends outside it for a great undone wave. I always think centre partings feel a little more summery and ethereal, too,” says Luke Hersheson.
A-listers who have mastered the art of holiday hair understand the importance of maintaining its condition. Why? Because this kind of hair is, by its very nature, glowing with good health. Click through our gallery and check out the very best in-shower holiday heroes…
Additional words by Rose Beer