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Holiday Hair Guide

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There's nothing quite like a red weather warning to get you hunting the internet for a bit of sunshine! Hands up if storm Emma made you do it πŸ˜―πŸ™Œ So, now your holiday or holidays are booked and etched on the calendar, have you thought about your hair? Summer can be very stressful for your hair; all that heat and salt water can really dry it out. Try our tips below to get you holiday ready.

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1) schedule your appointment with your holiday in mind, speak with your stylist about your upcoming trips in good time and what type of holiday it will be. If your relaxing and taking it easy, it could be a great opportunity to up your hair treatment regime and spend most of the holiday with your hair in a bun by the pool, repairing your hair whilst sipping a cocktail and reading a book. If so, schedule your colour for your return. Hair fades fast in the sun, so bear that in mind when booking your colour appointment. If you are spending your trip networking, socialising and dressing up then have your colour done in the days leading up to your trip so you look your absolute best all holiday! If like me you're the lie by the pool with your hair in a bun type, but you can't bear to look at roots from the start of the week. Aim to travel on week 4 of your 6 weeks cycle but be warned you will have a week when you return with faded hair and roots 😱So if you can't cope with that, bring your colour appointment forward a week or simply book for 2 weeks instead, yay!

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2) Protect your hair! Invest in an anti fade, colour protection shampoo and conditioner. Some lines do a dedicated sun range for your travels, that includes a spray to protect your hair too. Speak with your stylist to find out which one is best. Use this while you are away and for 1 -2 weeks after you come back. Often you will find they are heavier than your usual home care, this is to keep your hair extra hydrated as the sun will strip what it can from your hair... Just think of that sun-bleached piece of driftwood on the beach... yep, that’s what sun does to your hair!

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3) Take a hair mask! This is your golden opportunity to get some hair care brownie points and give your hair some TLC. Shampoo your hair before going to the pool or beach and towel dry your hair before applying Moroccanoil Hydration mask to your locks. Tie it up high in an invisibobble and let it work its magic while you snooze.... When you return to your room to change for dinner, shampoo your mask out and condition. We recommend shampooing it out to remove sweat, SPF or chlorine from to pool. If you’re the glamour puss who looks immaculate all day by the pool, without a hair out of place, (how do they do that?) Treat your hair intensively in the month leading up to your holiday, 2 masks per week and try to work a hat or headscarf into as many outfit combos as possible! You could even rock a Kim Kardashian Braided doo by the pool while your mask does its thang…

Do make sure you use a colour protecting stray all over to protect you hair and your parting, there is nothing worse than a burnt, flaky scalp! Paul Mitchell's colour locking spray comes in a handy mini 100ml which is great for hand luggage, although we are sure you don't travel light!! The colour locking spray had both UVA and UVB and is very useful for getting to all the bits you can't get with cream. Mist it all over your hair, parting and hairline for extra protection, don't forget behind the ears!

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4) Tip 4, Is a bit of a curve ball. With the sun in mind and its incredible power to suck the colour out of your hair, like a dementor from Harry Potter. Pre-holiday is actually a great time to try a darker shade you’re not sure about... Now obviously if you colour it black, there's no shifting it, but if you are a lighter colour wanting to try a warmer or slightly darker toner it's a fab time to try it. If you hate it, sit in the sun and it will probably be gone by the time you get back, love it, then you can try it confidently on your return.

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5) Start thinking about beauty prep!

Read our Holiday Beauty Guide Here

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Did You Know We Have A Magic Wand?

     Before KeraStraight, Thick, Wild Frizzy Hair        After KeraStraight

     Before KeraStraight, Thick, Wild Frizzy Hair        After KeraStraight


The man who gave us our secret weapon...

Jez Barnett, MD and Inventor of KeraStraight came to Cocco on Monday to educate the team. Jez travelled all the way from London before attending the Creative Head Awards being held back in London that night. He joined the team for a full day of advanced training on how to get 'that little bit more' from the smoothing treatment,especially on super thick, scary hair!

Despite the brand being known predominantly for taming thick, curly, frizzy, coarse hair textures and being huge with Asian and Afro-Caribbean clientele, it is amazing on super fine, thin and fragile hair too.

KeraStraight offers solutions to men and women's biggest hair problems and concerns. The 30 day intense boost treatment is a perfect and inexpensive way to totally transform your hair. 

The protein treatment bulks and thickens the hair, while reconditioning and strengthening the hair from the inside out, perfect for clients who's hair is flat, fine and lacking volume. The moisture treatment delivers hydration and reduces frizz and makes hair much more manageable, especially in damp or humid weather making it a pre-holiday ritual for most women.

The intense boost is also a great introduction to its big sister the KeraStraight ULTIMATE treatment, lasting up to 4 months and with far greater taming power. The ULTIMATE treatment takes around 2.5 hours to complete and you can cut your styling and drying time right down. Alana (age 10) our model above's mum Jenny used to take 1.5 hours to wash, dry and straighten her hair and post-treatment we took less than 10 minutes to get the after results. This will be life changing for Alana & her mum Jenny who doesn't have the time for the hair drying and drama of thick curly hair. The treatment is a smoothing, straightening & conditioning service that can be used on everyone, even children and pregnant & breastfeeding ladies as it's so kind. After washing we combed her hair to remove any tangles and simply blast dried her hair using no brushes, irons or even clips to show exactly what this treatment was capable of minus hairdresser trickery! 

This treatment is definitely our magic wand when it comes to helping clients in need, hair care has evolved so much in the last 15 years, imagine a world without GHD's or Olaplex, just think of the hair of the 80's! We no longer have to walk around like scary Mary or have to ask our friends to literally iron our hair. 

We can and should have the hair we want...

Want to know more about KeraStraight solutions. Speak to one of our texture experts call 01332 292129 for a FREE consultation