This is how to keep hair in peak condition all summer long

Come autumn, hair generally needs some serious TLC, or a major chop. We know its early to be thinking about that, given the sun’s only just turned up, but you can preempt that need for an overhaul with taking some simple steps to care for your stands now, and all through the summer months. 

Felicity Bruce, owner of Cocoon Hair Design in Timaru, advises stocking up on hydrating hair products and giving heat tools some down time. 

“Embrace natural movement. Scrunch a product like Joico’s Zero Heat Air Dry Styling Creme through wet hair and leave. It gives hair that effortless, air-dried look but without the frizz so it still looks polished.” 

For those of us that still love heat styling, a protective product is a Godsend, particularly when it wards off UV damage from the sun too. 

Joico’s Defy Damage Protective Shield is an instant hair bestie, tips Bruce. “It protects you against the harsh effects of daily styling and exposure to UV and environmental pollution helping prevent damage and guard against color fade.

“For all the water babies out there, keep cleansing and hydrating your hair, whether it’s salt water or the swimming pool, she advises. “You don’t want this to build-up in your hair, cleanse and hydrate your hair after every beach or pool session.

She suggests applying a leave-in conditioner or repair serum as well as wetting hair before taking a dip. “Hair is like a sponge. If it’s wet, it doesn’t get wetter, so saturate your hair thoroughly before swimming.” Afterwards, wash promptly. 

L-R: Joico Zero Heat Air Dry Styling Cream; Joico Defy Damage Protective Shield;  Louis Vuitton silk scrunchie;  Davines Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Mask; Sans pH & Shine Corrector; Oribe Gold Lust All Over Oil

Lucy Vincent, stylist and creator of Sans[ceuticals], agrees. “Salt and chemically-treated water disrupt your hair’s pH level, opening the cuticle and making hair dry and dull.”

Vincent developed Sans pH Shine + Correct treatment to return hair to an ideal, slightly acidic pH level, restoring smoothness and shine as well as a concentrated conditioner for brittle strands.  

 If your hair gets really dehydrated and crispy, restore protein and moisture with the Sans Moisture + Protein Infusion 20 before the pH Shine + Correct. The second treatment closes the cuticle, sealing in hydration and strength.

However she also reminds us to remember to cover up.

One of the best ‘hair products’ is actually just a hat or scarf to protect hair from UV rays, says Vincent.  “On the same ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ vibe, working a good dab of Sans Nourishing Ultra+ Treatment through your hair before swimming will protect it from damage and make it easy to comb out afterwards.”

Finally, it’s not just your approach up top that counts.

“Summer partying can leave our bodies depleted, which has a long-term effect on hair,” explains Vincent.

“Nourish from the inside by including loads of omegas in your diet – oil-rich salsas or pestos, oily fish – and vitamin-rich anti-inflammatory tonics and juices. “

Smells like Christmas: The best festive scented candles to usher in the holiday season

Tis the season to be jolly…. and light deliciously-scented candles everywhere to further boost the mood. 

It’s a long favoured approach that more and more fragrance brands are getting on board with, creating limited edition scents and seasonal packaging alike to help us decorate and add to the mood-boosting ambience during the festive period. 

The only downside is that these gems usually go fast, flying off of shelves in order for us to indulge for a number of weeks before we arrive at December 25. 

So without further ado we advise you to get clicking – below are the best festive and fragrant candles for 2021.

Candle care tips:

  • Trim the wick to 5mm before burning to help prevent smoking, soot and extend the life of the candle and re-trim before re-lighting.
  • Always ensure the wax pool meets the edge of the vessel during the first burn. This sets the ‘burn memory’, helping the candle last longer and prevent tunnelling.
  • Keep candles away from draughts to prevent uneven burning, flickering, smoke and a faster burn.
  • Discontinue burning when you have 1cm of wax left to prevent excessive heat collecting in the base and risking the integrity of the vessel, risking potential shattering.

Jo Malone Frosted Cherry & Clove and Orange Bitters

Luxury fragrance brand Jo Malone has long delighted in a holiday-related home scent or two… or three. This year the delightful Frosted Cherry & Clove scent option joins candles including the much-loved, annual-release of Orange Bitters cologne and candle, White Moss & Snowdrop cologne and candle and the Pine & Eucalyptus candle, room spray and diffuser. 

Diptyque Pomander candle

Renown for their festive options, Diptyque’s holiday candles are guaranteed sellouts each year and this year is sadly no different. Though its spicy Biscuit and pine Sapin candles have already been already snapped from shelves (you have to be seriously quick!), this option is equally as festive, particulalrly if you’re missing a northern-winter Christmas. Notes include spiced citrus, cinnamon, hot mulled cider and the warmth of an open fireplace. 

Ecoya Fresh Pine At Dawn and Red Berries & Peony at Dusk


Ecoya too, releases its Fresh Pine candle around this time each year for those of us that can’t abide a just-cut Christmas tree in our home thanks to allergies but still want to indulge in the globally-recognised-as-peak-Christmas scent. Of course if you’re seeking something slightly less obvious, may we suggest the gentle and pretty Ped Berries & Peony, it blends pear nectar and red berries with notes of waterlily, freesia and peony, trailed by elements of creamy vanilla and sandalwood. 

Glasshouse Fragrances Handful of Candy Canes and Gingerbread House candles

Edible treats are a big part of the enjoyment of Christmas, but so are the associated aromas. That’s why Glasshouse has obliged with two scented candles playing on our favourite sweet treats amongst its extensive Christmas collection that contains a number of festive-inspired scents. Handful of Candy Canes smells of zingy peppermint with a touch of vanilla while Gingerbread House wafts a buttery, bourbon-spiked sweet ‘n’ spicy mix that warms and delights.

Loewe Juniper Berry Candle

Okay yes, there’s no specifically Christmas-themed scents in this range, but we’re sneaking this one in, as who can go past the chic terracotta earthenware vessels of these candles from Madrid-based luxury leather goods and ready-to-wear House Loewe. The juniper berry scent with delicate, spicy and citrus notes is just one of a range that aside from dressing your own house for the holidays, makes an ideal gift for just about anyone!

Circa Gingerbread Cookies candle

If the thought of cinnamon swirled through ginger, the heart-warming blend of baked apple and sugar, heightened by a dash of vanilla makes your mouth water, you’re not alone. Circa’s Gingerbread candle brings all these elements together for it’s festive 2021 offering.

Ashley & Co Yulepine candle

Trust Ashley & Co to slightly elevate a pine candle with chic teal-tinted hand-blown glass and a considered blend of Siberian Pine, Sage, Coriander, Saffron and a touch of warming Oud Wood. The box also features the artwork of Rei Hamon, CBE.