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As spring arrives in Denver, some of us are already planning (or about to embark on) a spring break trip or early summer getaway. We’re all dreaming of a warm, sunny spot where we can rest, relax, and recuperate from the winter blues and work-related stress. But are you planning to protect your hair on vacation?

It may not be the first thing you think about, but a week on the beach or at the pool can wreak havoc on your hair. This is especially true for color-treated and chemically straightened locks. Even the healthiest hair can take a beating when exposed to high levels of chlorine in most swimming pools, and wind, sand, sun, and salt water don’t help much either!

Here are a few pointers on taking care of your hair while you’re busy soaking up the sun and frolicking in the waves.


Pack a Wide-Brimmed Hat

The best way to avoid sun-damaged hair is to cover it with a stylish, wide-brimmed hat. It’ll protect your hair, your scalp, and even your face. Plus, you’ll look chic and “beachy” at the same time!

Of course, with the promise of sun, sand, and adventure, we know it’s unreasonable to expect our clients to wear a sunhat every moment of vacation. So, let’s explore a few other recommendations to protect your hair on vacation.


Pack High-Quality Travel-Sized Hair Products

Forget the drugstore bargain travel-size bin. If you’re serious about keeping your hair healthy and happy, pack high-quality products. Some of our favorites brands (Oribe, Kevin Murphy, and Kérastase) offer superior formulas that remove build-up caused by sand, saltwater, and sunscreen. They also offer products designed to protect your strands from sun damage and chlorine exposure. Best of all, they come in perfectly portioned travel-sizes that fit in your carry-on.

One of our favorites for on-the-go care is Kevin Murphy’s RE.STORE. This top-of-the-line cleansing conditioner replenishes moisture that’s lost to the drying effects of sun and wind, bringing your hair back to bouncy, shiny and hydrated. For build-up, consider Oribe’s “The Cleanse” clarifying shampoo and conditioner. And don’t forget to pack a great color-protecting product from Kérastase. Our stylists love Bain Chromatique Riche multi-protecting shampoo and Fondant Chromatique multi-protecting conditioner. Ask your stylist for recommendations and for availability of travel-size preparations.


Limit Your Exposure

Too much of a good thing can be as bad as not enough, so limit your sun exposure, and be sure to protect your skin with a high-SPF sunscreen. Kérastase has a line of products called Soleil which – along with being super-nourishing – contain UV filters to protect your hair as well as your scalp. When your hair is exposed to the sun and UV-lights, its natural strength and fibers start to break down. With the Soleil range from Kérastase, chlorine and salt build-up is prevented while your color and fibers are protected from the damaging rays of the sun.


Don’t Neglect a Post-Pool/Beach Shower

It may not seem super important, but even a quick rinse can help rid your hair of debris and buildup. Don’t let all that gunk settle! Rinse off the sand, sweat, and salt with a quick post-swim shower. You’ll lessen the time that pollutants and grime sit on your hair and get perfectly authentic beachy waves in the process.


Visit Deseo Before You Go

A visit to your salon for a trim, a new cut, fresh color, etc., will ensure that you’re starting your vacation with the healthiest, best-looking hair possible. You’ve probably already spent some pre-trip time getting your beach body in shape, so doesn’t it make sense to do the same for your hair? And while you’re with your stylist, be sure to ask for more tips to care for your salon-fresh hair while you’re soaking up the sun and sipping Margaritas!


In Denver, your go-to salon is Deseo Salon & BlowDry. Our team of professional stylists and colorists are consistently on top of the latest style trends and hair-care breakthroughs, and we’re always ready to answer your questions and “prescribe” the right products for your individual styling and hair health needs! Book your appointment now, and get yourself head-to-toe ready for a little well-deserved fun in the sun.

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