JIM SHAW, DIRECTOR OF TONI&GUY BILLERICAY AND MULTI-AWARD WINNING MEN’S HAIRDRESSER

All year round we should be looking after our hair, providing it with TLC and locking in moisture with good quality moisturising products, but particularly in summer when the sun can zap away moisture from our hair. Below are some of my tips for keeping hair looking its best during the summer season and my must have products to invest in!

Scalp Scrub – healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and using a scalp scrub every week/couple of weeks is essential to ensure your scalp stays in the best condition, free from dryness and flakiness! Using a scalp scrub will also get rid of buildup on your hair and give it a deeper cleanse.

Conditioner – many men miss this step in their haircare routine and if there’s a time to add a conditioner it’s during the summer when we want to retain moisture in our hair. Apply a small amount after your shampoo to ensure your hair is kept nourished. If you’re heading on holiday, it’s also a good idea to invest in a leave in conditioner that you can spray through your hair throughout the day for extra nourishment.

Hair Mask – for added TLC during the summer try to use a hair mask on your hair every week/second week. This will prevent your hair from becoming brittle and damaged and instead, keep it soft, shiny and healthy. Only use the hair mask on your mid-lengths and ends avoiding the roots so as to avoid your hair becoming oily and/or weighed down.

Heat Protection Spray – if you invest in any product for your hair during summer, make it a heat protection spray. This will ensure your hair is protected from the harsh UV rays!

When it comes to styling your hair in the summer months, less is more. The sun is already causing damage to our hair, and therefore it’s a great time to take a step away from the heated styling tools to avoid further damage being done to our hair and instead, embrace natural and effortless hair looks that are so on trend for the season.

Beach/textured waves are a great look for men in the summer, particularly if you already have naturally wavy/curly hair and want to enhance it further. A salt/texturising spray can simply be spritzed through damp or dry hair and scrunched in for a ‘just off the beach’ inspired look.

Sleek styles are also incredibly on trend at the minute and as well as creating a more polished look, the products used to create these hairstyles can also give hair an added dose of moisture and hydration. Hair oils, serums and shine sprays are three products that are great for creating sleek styles and these can be distributed with a comb, slicking the hair back off the face or to one side to create a sophisticated and well-groomed finish.

For men with longer hair, ponytails, half updos and buns often make a comeback during the summer season, and they can look incredibly stylish. We are also seeing a more contemporary way to wear this trend with men teaming their man bun/ponytail with a haircut that’s short at the sides and the length kept longer on top. With this look, using a gel/pomade with a soft shine to it will help to allow you to bring all of the hair out of the face whilst keeping it free from frizz and flyaways for a slick, smooth and shiny finish.