How To Protect Your Fine Hair From Chlorine (Not Just With A Swim Cap)

Because delicate hair concerns are valid

Poppy Delevingne for Solid And Striped

How to have great hair, even post-pool

If you have fine hair, you probably relate to my constant worrying that I’m going to destroy my hair and have to chop it all off and start from scratch. There are worse things that could happen, but that certainly isn’t ideal. I needed to know what I could do to defend my hair from the elements during your sailing voyage  they will surely be exposed to this summer, and luckily, I was sorted and set straight by the global stylist for Eprouvage, Anna Lyles.

Wear a Swim Cap
First line of defence? If you plan on spending quite a bit of time in a chlorinated pool, then opt for a swim cap, specifically a lycra one. ‘Too much chlorine in pool water can cause hair loss and wearing a lycra swim cap will protect it while still being gentle’.

Protect Your Scalp
And when you’re not in the pool like the mermaid you are? Wear a hat. Protect your scalp from those harsh UV Rays… or accept the consequences. I’ve suffered through scalp sunburn—it’s uncomfortable, to say the least. Ideally, you would choose a hat with breathable materials because that will make your scalp happier.

Tweak Your Hair Washing Routine
While you should wash your hair regularly, Lyles does not advise washing your hair more than once a day so naturally-occurring oils have a chance to balance hydration. However, she does say to keep your follicles clear of sweat and oil buildup by shampooing on the reg or after workouts. She also suggests that you try a product like the éprouvage fortifying shampoo, because it’s color safe, nurtures stressed hair, and replenishes your strands when they’ve been working hella hard to stay strong.

Now that you are armed with these secrets, you should feel so much better about indulging some more pool time. I know that I am.

Article courtesy of Roxanne Adamiyatt at

14 Ways To Get The Perfect Tan (And What To Do When It All Goes Wrong)

by George Driver

The sun’s finally out which means only one thing -it’s time to get tanning! From mousses and gels, to sprays and St Tropez’s now legendary In Shower Tan, pro tanner Jules Heptonstall lets us in on his top tips for the perfect bronzed bod (and what to do when it all goes a little wrong)…

Nab Alessandra's perfect bronzed beach bod with Jules' top tips for a failsafe self tan

Nab Alessandra’s perfect bronzed beach bod with Jules’ top tips for a failsafe self tan

How To Get The Perfect Tan…

1. Before you tan, moisturise your eyebrows and hairline too.

2. Need to speed up the tan drying process? You can do this at home with a hairdryer on the cold setting.

3. Self-tan will lift your complexion, even out your skin tone and disguise signs of fatigue.

4. Your body will look slimmer with a tan as your silhouette will be darker and any cellulite will appear reduced.

5. For toned legs, sit on the side of your bed and lift your heels off the floor so you are on your tip-toes. This will show where your calf muscles naturally indent and allow you to run tan (on a mitt) over the area to instantly tone and add definition.

6. Don’t forget to wipe your nails after tanning as the tan may stain them.

7. Sleeping in your tan is the best way to let it develop.

8. Before you tan, remove all traces of deodorant, make-up and perfume and don’t moisturise your body.

9. Splash your face with cold water before you apply self tan. This will close your pores and stop them clogging.

10. Apply one coat of self tan to the entire body. Then apply a second coat to inner thighs, under your calves, under your jawline and your outa torso to give the illusion of a more contoured and shaded body.

11. Don’t apply tan after a few wines with your friend. We all know what happens then.

12. Don’t bath in any oils or swim in heavily chlorinated water while the tan is on your skin.

13. Tanning oils are the best treatment for dull, parched skin – they’ll nourish, hydrate and add radiance.

14. Self tan is suitable for all skin tones, whatever the complexion.

What To Do When A Tan Goes Wrong…

1.Don’t panic scrub – you’ll end up taking the self tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect.

2.  Run a bath and fill it with a bath oil and soak your skin – the oil will soften the tan.

3. Go swimming – the chlorine will break down the tan. Take those exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions in the showers afterwards. Steam rooms and saunas also soften the tan too.

4. Get yourself a bronze buffer sponge – this is a secret weapon for tan mistakes – its woven microfibers strip the tan off when the sponge is run over the skin. Be warned though, be gentle with this.

5. The old faithful lemons and sugar mixed together will work to an extent but you really need a mitt or glove to get deeper.

6. Try and look for mistakes during the first eight hours while the tan is developing, it’s easier to correct early on.

Now you know exactly how to get the perfect self tan, put your knowledge to work with St Tropez’s In Shower Tan, FREE with InStyle August issue out 2nd July!