It’s the fifth season no one wanted; ‘Swinter’ is officially here with its confusing characteristics of simultaneous heat, rain, wind – none of which are a friend to your hair!
So how do you avoid frizzy hair in this in-between British summer weather? Trevor Sorbie and milk_shake Ambassador, Shelley Pengilly give their three top recommendations:
Products.... Okay, first things first! milk_shake Ambassador Shelley Pengilly says,
Frizz is basically caused when hair is damaged: the damaged section of hair leaves a gap in the keratin, which is where moisture gets in, swelling the hair and causing frizz. You need a product that gets in and fills that gap first. Products that simply sit on the hair’s surface, for example hairspray, are no good here. What you need is a product you can dry into the hair, sealing the cuticle and preventing frizz. milk_shake Styling Potion (£16.49) is perfect: it smoothes the hair cuticle and creates natural volume.
Another fantastic product for fighting the elements and eliminating frizz is milk_shake Incredible Milk 12 Effects (£13.49). This leave-in treatment is suitable for all types, and as well as penetrating the hair to condition and banish frizz, it also provides heat protection, perfect if you’ve been caught in the rain and need to restyle your hair with heated stylers.
Treatments.... For more unruly hair, it could be time to take serious action with a more long-term solution. Trevor Sorbie says,
A Kerastraight Style Solution (£195) is a keratin blow-dry that de-frizzes hair and is suitable for all hair types. It eliminates bad hair days for up to 12 weeks, meaning salon perfect hair can be easily created at home. Even for the most troublesome of locks, this super smoother contains new technology to target weakened areas of the hair. It also has fantastic conditioning agents to add brilliant shine while helping with the overall appearance of the hair. The service takes approximately two hours depending on length and thickness of the hair, and is guaranteed Swinter-proof.
Hairstyles.... Tom Connell, Trevor Sorbie Assistant Artistic Director, says,
A tight shiny pony tail using an oil or serum will last the longest. Hair needs to be up so it's off the neck to give maximum wearability in the heat and protection from the damp weather.
It almost goes without saying; in this weather it makes sense to wear your hair up off your neck and swept back off your forehead. This way you can avoid a complete disaster during unexpected downpours and feel more comfortable in a stuffy office.
Try these three hairstyle recommendations by Shelley.....
Power ponytail – A sleek pony will keep you feeling polished. For a more summery feel, tousle the ends.
The ‘Hun’ – There is no doubt that ‘The Hun’ is having a moment. If you prefer not to put all your hair back this is a very current option and good on mid-length hair too.
Boho Braided Bun – Out of work, this look is relaxed and summery but practical enough to wear in Swinter weather.