Holiday hair hacks and styles to try this summer – perfect the top knot for poolside chic

8Wave farewell to wind-whipped beach frizz and chlorine-shredded horror locks.

Silvikrin ambassador and celebrity hairstylist Michael Douglas reveals how to keep your hair happy and well behaved on your travels.

From prepping before you jet off, to easy poolside updos and protecting your locks while you’re away, here are his top tips and products to pack, to stay looking gorgeous.

And if you try out any of these hair hacks this summer, let us know on Twitter and Instagram at @notebooklive.

Read more: How to get beach hair waves like Gigi Hadid without heat styling gadgets

Michael Douglas, hairdresserMichael Douglas shares his holiday hair hacks
1. Get your hair trimmed just before you go
“If you don’t get rid of broken ends in advance, the effects of sun and sea will make splits travel further and faster up your hair,” says Michael. “Taking off all the dead ends will help seal your hair against damage and also make it much easier to manage while you’re away.”

2. Colour at least a week before your holiday
“Don’t book a last minute emergency appointment,” says Michael. “Dye will damage the surface of your hair and the last thing it needs is for you go and sit straight in the sunshine.” If your roots are truly unbearable, you could do a DIY parting-only touch up with Clairol Root Touch Up, £4.28.

3. Strengthen hair ready for the sun
Maria Nila True Soft MasqueMaria Nila True Soft Masque
“If your hair is packed with moisture, it’ll absorb fewer drying and discolouring minerals from the swimming pool water,” says Michael. “Add in a good treatment mask to your regime and try to lay off dehydrating heat styling in the run-up to your holiday.” Notebook loves Maria Nila True Soft Masque, £18.95 which has UV and colour protection.

4. Top knot it for the pool
Catherine HarbourTop knotYour go-to poolside style
A top knot is the perfect pool-side hair style, says Michael. “You can keep water out of your hair if you’re doing a lazy breast stroke, but it won’t collapse if you get it wet,” he says. “Plus it looks elegant in holiday photos as it elongates your neck.”

Wella HairspraySilvikrin Flexible Hold Hairspray
To do it, tip your head upside and spray with Silvikrin Flexible Hold Hairspray, from £2.29, to help you scoop up all the hair,’ says Michael. “Put it all into a ‘pineapple’ on top of your head and secure with a band, but don’t pull it too tight or it’ll give you a headache. Then twist it round and until it folds in on itself, pin with three kirby grips and spray one last time.”

5. Tie your hair up safely
Don’t use waxed bands – or worse still, an actual rubber band – to tie your hair up on holiday.

“I see a lot of clients coming home with snapped-off hair and needing an emergency fringe cut to disguise the damage,” says Michael. “Always use a soft, stretchy hairband.”

Popband has some cute new designs and hey, if you can’t wear flamingos and unicorns in your hair on holiday when can you?

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