Expert advice on how to protect your hair outdoors
1) Water activities like kayaking, coasteering, scuba diving or surfing involve the sun and the sea. What can we do before and after taking to the sea?
I love going to the sea and I often wakeboard and surf with my friends (lots of evidence on my Instagram). This means that we are constantly exposed to the sun, to the sea, and it takes a huge toll on our hair and scalp. Protection and replenishment are essential. And don’t forget the scalp – it’s just as important because healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp. But protecting hair and scalp doesn’t just require the extra step of applying something to your hair before you hit the ocean; it starts with a consistent regimen of using the right products to keep your hair and scalp in peak condition.
2) Hiking, cycling and rock climbing expose the hair to the heat of the sun. How to avoid frizz and maintain a healthy scalp and hair?
Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to moisture loss and significant damage to our skin. Wearing a hat or cap made of breathable fabric with anti-UV properties is a great idea. Applying a product that acts as a barrier and protects hair from UV rays without weighing the hair down, would keep frizz at bay and minimize moisture loss.
3) How to keep hair protected and healthy before and after swimming?
I go swimming several times a week, and in fact some of our lounge clients are former Hong Kong team swimmers. Sharing some of their advice – the swim cap, the type that keeps water out, is a must. After swimming, I encourage double cleaning to make sure all pool chemicals and impurities are removed, while the water-oil balance and moisture in the hair can be restored using our OMG treatments available in shhhshop.com.
4) How to protect colored hair from the strain of outdoor activities?
Hair color fades due to increased exposure to environmental stresses and is a natural phenomenon. Many of my clients are quite active outdoors and in order to maintain their color and condition of their hair, I recommend that they do treatments, whether you come to our salon or use our products for home treatment.
5) What is the best summer hair care routine?
In summer, we secrete more sweat and sebum due to the more intense heat and moisture, so the pores can be blocked more easily and the scalp can feel imbalance, not to mention how the hair might become less manageable. A good hair the care routine cannot be without scalp care which gets to the root of the problem (pun intended intended). Use the right products that effectively repair, strengthen and maintain hair structure makes a big difference – it’s a better way to minimize frizz and humidity loss as the stacking of oils or hair creams which tend to be too heavy for the summer in Hong Kong. The stronger the hair, the more bouncy, alert and youthful it looks. A additional layer of sun protection that nourishes and hydrates with antistatic and anti-pollution functions would be beneficial.
6) What are the perfect summer haircuts or hairstyles that you would recommend for the warmer weather?
Consider a haircut 30% shorter than usual, with a contrasting balayage [a highlighting technique that creates a more natural, sun-kissed color] this accentuates the layer and texture of the hair, so that the hair looks and feels more uplifting and less heavy in wet weather.
7) What are your proven hair and scalp sun protection products?
Our OMG Backstage Drying Lotion and Ready to Glow Leave-In Treatment are my trusted duo against heat, UV and moisture loss. I use them generously for me protect my bluish purple hair. They are formulated to work as a primer that coats and protect the hair shaft with anti-UV, anti-pollution and anti-static properties, while adding argan plant stem cells, argan oil, collagen and hyaluronic acid to strengthen Hair. OMG Backstage is a light milky lotion that can be sprayed all over hair and adds natural volume and bounce, while Ready to Glow is a feather-light gel-oil which penetrates directly into the hair, so that the hair becomes nourished, shiny, hydrated and protected without being weighed down.
8) Is using a hair dryer, especially on hot summer days, safe for daily use?
After washing, the hair and scalp are damp, and since the scalp is part of our living skin, it is also warm, so it would become the kind of environment where bacteria would thrive. Drying the hair as soon as possible after washing will prevent bacteria build-up. Heat is used to shape the hair, in the same way that we use a hot iron to unwrap clothes. Usually there are several heat settings on the hair dryer – we recommend medium to moderately high heat and power, while keeping a safe distance between the air outlet and the hair and scalp.
Just like you wouldn’t leave the iron in one place for too long – it will burn the fabric! – you must continue to move the hairdryer in the direction of the cuticle of your hair, from the roots to the ends, the air blowing down and out. As long as you do this correctly, your hair shouldn’t get even frizzier. Using a boar bristle brush would help smooth the hair cuticle and reduce frizz.
9) Are there any other tips you would like to remind people who love the outdoors?
Make the most of the summer and make the most of it! Just remember that wash your hair is indeed an opportunity to improve your hair little by little each time, so much because you are using the right products in the right way. Do this and you won’t have to worry about damaging your hair when going out or heading out to sea.
Lin recently opened the second branch of his luxury Sheung Wan Shhh salon at the Asaya Upscale Wellness Center in Rosewood Hong Kong. The new Asaya branch integrates Shhh Salon’s award-winning hair treatments and hair wellness expertise with the centre’s holistic approach to wellness.
“Here, guests can take a break from the cityscape and immerse themselves in an array of health and wellness experiences with a variety, quality and dedication you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere in Hong Kong. Lin explains. “Coming to our Asaya branch means you can enjoy it all, which could be a wonderful experience whether you are just lingering for the day or coming for a stay. While our original SHHH salon in Sheung Wan focuses exclusively on hair and scalp and has more of an avant-garde gallery vibe tucked away among antique stores, art galleries, trendy cafes and restaurants on Hollywood Road, ”she adds.
Shhh is located at Asaya, 6 / F, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. For updates and more information, follow Shhh salon on Instagram.