Hair care becomes a huge factor when travelling. Destination Wedding turned to professional hair and makeup artist Diana Carreiro of P1M, Canada and Seaminx Inc, USA for answers.
DW: When you want to untangle wet hair, which is best – a comb or a brush?
DC: The Tangle Teezer is the best brush to use when untangling wet hair. It’s compact and is a perfect fit for an overnight or beach bag.
DW: The sun can often change the colour of hair from golden to brassy. A hat or scarf can give some protection, but it’s not practical if a person is going in and out of saltwater for much of the day. What’s the answer?
DC: Before and after taking a dip in a pool or ocean, liberally spray hair with a water resistant product like Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil.
DW: Long hair can be lovely when it’s well tended. But on a holiday, it needs a lot of special care. What style would be pretty but last all day?
DC: Top knots, low buns and braids are perfect hairstyles that will last all day. And once released, they will give you pretty beachy waves to carry you into the night.
DW: Curly hair quickly becomes frizzy hair because of humidity. How can it be controlled?
DC: Start with the right products in the shower. Use a lightweight moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to ‘fill’ up the cuticle so it won’t absorb it from the air. Only shampoo a couple of times a week to allow natural oils to build up. This will help keep it manageable. To style, apply a silicone serum and then comb through wet hair to evenly distribute the product.
DW: Thin, straight hair can look pretty limp. Should it have a layered or blunt cut?
DC: A blunt cut is best for thin, straight hair as it will look thicker. Think Naomi Watts.
DW: Do you suggest a chin-length bob or a very short style?
DC: That depends on the wearer’s face shape and style. A blunt or graduated bob are great options for thin straight hair, as is a pixie cut.
DW: We all use UV protection for our skin. Are there hair products available that have some kind of built-in sun protection?
DC: From high end to low end, there are many products on the market especially designed to protect hair from the harmful rays of the sun. Look for shampoos, conditioners and styling products labelled ‘sun care’ or ‘SPF ’.
DW: Compare the damage when swimming in a pool with chlorine or swimming in salt water?
DC: Chlorine is worse as it’s a chemical disinfectant and salt is natural. Both will dry out hair so protect it as best you can. Hair is porous, especially bleached hair, so prevent hair from absorbing chlorine or salt by wetting hair with fresh water.
Originally published in Destination Wedding Magazine, Fall/Winter 2016.