Grab your passport and visit these heavenly hair boosting locations
No exotic holiday plans on the horizon? Constantly checking those green, amber and red lists? We feel you. So, let’s do the next best thing and take an international tour of some of the world’s loveliest locations for brilliant ingredients and inspiration that help our hair look stunning, wherever we end up this summer. And the best part? No packing or vaccines required…
UK – Electric London C-1 English Rose Serum
Okay, we’ll start with a bit of a staycation here in the UK as that’s what so many of us will be doing this year. Want to know a little hair ingredient secret? Lots of hair serums and oils often contain a high percentage of oil-based silicones. But Electric London’s unique formula contains absolute rose extract that the brand harvests from roses grown in the south of England. In fact, founder Mark Woolley has bought a Falmer Court farm in the South Downs National Park to grow the roses he needs alongside other potential ingredients for his Electric range. That’s dedication. And this serum will deliver high wattage shine without that oily or greasy feeling… and leave your hair smelling absolutely divine.
Morocco – Moroccanoil Treatment (Original)
Taking a journey to warmer climates, this cult classic originates from the argan trees grown in Morocco. The Moroccanoil Treatment, and all Moroccanoil products, feature the highest quality argan oil which is manufactured by a cold-press process. With its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, argan oil helps to increase the hair’s elasticity and adds shine to dull, lifeless hair. It is a powerful antioxidant, UV-protector and free-radical neutraliser.
The original Moroccanoil Treatment is the product that made argan oil centre of attention in the hairdressing industry. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins, this completely transformative hair treatment detangles, speeds up drying time and boosts shine—leaving you with nourished, manageable and smooth hair with each use. It can also be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool.
Japan – Shu Uemura Art of Hair Yubi Blonde Anti-Brass Purple Balm
This is a serious bit of colour-refreshing kit for blondes but be warned, it packs such a purple punch that you may need to bleach your shower tiles more regularly. That’s because it boasts an exclusive Japanese cool-pigment technology, an infusion of blue and violet dyes that banish any yellowy warmth, while its Japanese white peony hydrates and nourishes for an extra special dose of TLC. Say ‘sayōnara’ to any brassy bits!
Australia – Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment
Proving not all flora and fauna from The Outback is out to get you, Eleven Australia’s Miracle Hair Treatment is packed with hard-working natural ingredients from the land down under. Taking centre stage is the zingy desert lime (which thanks to its ability to survive in arid bushland, harbours a rich concentration of anti-oxidant vitamin C) and quandong (a Dr Seuss-sounding fruit, also known as the desert peach, which is full to the brim with strand-strengthening proteins and conditioning fatty acids).
In combination with further proteins from wattleseed – a nutritious Aussie grain that has been a bush food staple for centuries – one pump of Miracle Hair Treatment on damp hair helps to adds shine, smooth and soften, control frizz and flyaways, moisturise, fortify, prevent split ends, detangle, protect against heat styling damage, enhance natural body, repair, shield hair colour with UVA and UVB filters… and hold off chlorine and sun damage. Oh, and did we mention it’s vegan and cruelty free? Fair go, mate. Fair go indeed!
USA – Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturizing Lather Shampoo
Scottish-American hairdresser Paul Mitchell was so enamoured with the Hawaiian rainforest plant awapuhi – a variety of wild ginger – that in the mid-eighties, he established a solar-powered farm on the state’s Big Island just to grow and harvest the stuff.
For centuries, the gel-like sap produced by its flowers has been used by Hawaiians to soften and condition their hair, and Paul (along with brand co-founder John Paul DeJoria) decided to harness the power of the plant extract for their cruelty-free product line. And it doesn’t hurt that it happens to smell ah-may-zing too.
Lather up this luxurious, kind-to-colour, keratin-infused formula, and get ready to say ‘aloha’ to lengths that are cleansed, replenished and softer than a Hawaiian breeze.
Namibia – Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil
Created by award-winning stylist Charlotte Mensah, the Manketti Oil hair care collection has been founded upon Charlotte’s 26 years of hairdressing expertise, offering a luxury product range for Afro/mixed and all curly hair types. Made using organic, ethical and sustainable sourced oils, these products not only deliver amazing results but also smell divine.
Manketti oil has been used in Africa for centuries as it is one of the richest, most hydrating ingredients that nature has to offer. Tried, tested and loved by her clients, the Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil uses a unique blend of organic, sustainably sourced manketti nut and ximenia oils to condition and nourish the hair. A saviour for dull, dehydrated hair, the concentrated Manketti Oil blend instantly improves the appearance of hair, adding shine, taming frizz and caring for the scalp. Continued use repairs and protects against chemical styling and environmental damage for stronger, healthier hair long term.
France – French Balayage
Okay so we’re cheating a bit here, as French Balayage is all about encapsulating that je ne sais quoi, that effortless chic finish that French women are so renowned for. French Balayage is a new technique offered by L’Oreal Professionnel Paris salons which features hand-placed lightening which is then expertly toned for a bespoke, personalised finish.
The brilliant thing about balayage is that the actual lightening – the lengthier appointments – are then only required a couple of times a year. In between these appointments you book in for updates, tweaks, fresh glosses, all overseen by your expert colourist eye to keep your hair looking fabulous throughout the year. Maybe you want to dial up the blonde for summer, or try a warmer undertone for a few months to see how you like it.
As if that wasn’t enough to entice you, L’Oreal Professionnel Paris has an exclusive money-off deal running until September 2021 – you can claim back £10 from your French Balayage service. Simply book an appointment in a participating salon in the UK or in Ireland, attend the salon colour experience and upload a receipt to the online platform to claim £10 back.
Brazil – Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
Not all oils are created equal, which is why buriti oil – the star ingredient of Aveda’s Dry Remedy treatment – was an obvious choice for our jaunt around the world. It’s an oil sourced from the rainforests of Brazil, from the moriche palm tree, which Brazillians consider to be ‘the tree of life’.
Rich in fatty acids as well as vitamins A and E, buriti oil has strong hydrating properties which makes it ideal for smoothing and nourishing hair. Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil is a treat that can be used daily to transfigure dry, brittle hair into lush lengths. Work through lengths and leave in for your hair to reap the full rewards of this miraculous oil.