17 Jul 19
Let’s be clear – summer is off-season for anything high-maintenance.
Sunshine and hard-won holidays equal no-fuss makeup, hassle-free hair, bailing on workouts and stress-free style.
So with that in mind, here’s our top 15 hot weather hacks that will make for easy living all summer long.
(Picture: Edward James London)
Want to freshen up those roots but no time for a whole day at the salon? London’s leading hairstylist Edward James is launching ‘insta-lights’ for time-poor but stylish women on the go.
Using a new colour blending technique from the States that gives a colour lift and beautiful non-brassy highlights in 15 minutes. Insta-lights banish the dreaded regrowth tidemark with a formulation that’s kind to hair and stretches out your full colour service.
Unlike a “toner” which works only on the existing highlights this base blending technology will work on the natural root colour –and acts as a lightening agent which will lighten up to 2 shades, creating a similar effect to what happens naturally in the sun.
To add to this softening effect on the roots, additional multi-tonal lights are added to the hair to create a stunning result.
(Picture: Edward James Salon Balham)
Edward James has salons in Balham, Clapham and Putney.
Insta Lights at Edward James, from £35, edwardjameslondon.com
Let’s Get Things Straight
(Picture: Neville Hair & Beauty)
Hate hot weather blow-drying? Who doesn’t? Straightening treatments work a charm but they are famously hard on hair (Jennifer Aniston said they nearly left her bald). Enter Braliz – a brand new, chemical-free Brazilian blow dry treatment that actually promotes healthy hair.
Making hair smooth, sleek and silky, no matter what humidity levels you are faced with, this formaldehyde-free Brazilian blow dry treatment delivers a long-lasting smooth, straightened finish for up to three months – without the use of any nasty chemicals.
Rolled out at Belgravia’s Neville Hair & Beauty, it’s suitable for all hair types, including afro and chemically processed hair. A nourishing treatment does not alter the natural curl or wave in the hair, those who want can still have beautiful bouncy curls or let their hair dry for a natural look, but without the frizz.
Promising no fumes and no odour, Braliz is also a vegan product not tested on animals
Braliz, from £250, at nevillehairandbeauty.net
Beach Waves for Days
(Picture: Shea Moisture)
This weightless styling spray delivers a balance of body and definition for an effortless lasting tousled look. Certified organic shea butter and coconut water blend with a fusion of dragon fruit, lychee berry and green apple extracts to nourish and energise lifeless hair. Vitamin-rich imbe oil helps block humidity to control frizz while aloe adds weightless shine. Leaves hair marvellously manageable.
SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Texture Spray, £10.99, boots.com
The Wonder Towel
Wave frizzy hair goodbye with this towel technique which mimics what savvy women have been doing for years – drying their hair in a T-shirt.
This highly absorbent microfibre towel dries hair super fast (so cuts down on time in front of a hot hair dryer) and is Ideal for battling humidity as it dries hair quickly and fights the frizz.
Nabaiji Microfibre Towel, £9.99, decathlon.co.uk
The Aloe Foundation
(Picture: Pixi by Petra)
Blendable and buildable, this silky powder is a make up superstar. Great for hot weather, not only does it banish too much shine but has a vitamin complex and a blend of aloe vera and coffee extracts that deeply nourish and hydrate dry summer skin.
Perfect to cover sun spots and keep you looking cool all summer long.
PIXI Colour Correcting Powder Foundation (Various Shades), £18, lookfantastic.com
Sweat Proof Mascara
This sweatproof mascara contains the key ingredient beeswax which gives it a leg-up on your basic, standard waterproof mascaras. Waxy formulas help your mascara stay on through thick and thin, no matter how hot it gets.
Essence’s You Better Work! Volume and Curl Waterproof Mascara can handle even the sweatiest summer workouts, providing maximum volume and curl.
Essence You Better Work! Volume & Curl Mascara ,£3, wilko.com
(Picture: Angela Langford Skincare)
British brand Angela Langford makes organic, vegan, cruelty free, mood-boosting skincare products by hand in Somerset.
Effective and affordable the range uses high quality ingredients from nature’s larder to feed skin – with no chemical nasties.
Rose, geranium and orange blossom are mixed with aloe vera and comfrey to produce a refreshing tonic that keeps skin hydrated, calm and fresh throughout the day. Great for dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin.
Angela Langford’s Freshen Up Spritzer, £14, angelalangford.com
Waterproof your Glam
(Picture: Gosh Copenhagen)
If you want to be Insta-ready after splashing around in the sea, try this Waterproof Setting Powder by Gosh Copenhagen.
A new powder that promises to lock in makeup for waterproof, long-lasting and smudge-proof wear. The vegan loose powder gives you a modern, matte finish and bonus – it absorbs oil and reduces shine.
The silky, loose powder gives a modern, matte finish with a touch of sheer coverage.
Waterproof Setting Powder by Gosh Copenhagen, £9.99, superdrug.com
20,000 Sit-Ups in a Lunch Break
(Picture: Dr. Galyna Selezneva)
No one wants to sweat at the gym in the summer – and this body sculpting machine belongs in the lazy girls’ hall of fame.
Called Emsculpt – it is a revolutionary treatment that uses non-invasive HIFEM (High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic) technology that induces supramaximal muscle contractions. Which basically means that power pulses make the muscle tissue adapt and respond which causes a remodelling deep down in the muscle’s inner structure. All you have to do is lay there and the machine does the rest.
Tangible results around muscle building and body sculpting can be felt right after the treatment and positive results are most often seen two to four weeks after the last session and continue to improve for several weeks following the treatments.
Can be used on core muscles, abs and bottoms to lift, firm and shape. Dr Galyna Selezneva, one of the UK’s top body doctors, is great at using the top technology to get results
Emsculpt, £800, drritarakus.co.uk
Bye Bye Bingo
Summer brings with it an influx of sleeveless dresses, giving those beautiful bingo wings their moment to shine.
Just in case you’re not in love with your arms but don’t fancy working out – try SIXPAD’s new Arm Belts. Offering targeted training for arms, they have identified 20Hz as the optimum frequency to train muscles- the Arm Belt delivers a 23-minute workout that contracts and relaxes your muscles while you kick back and relax.
This innovative EMS technology can be used pretty much anywhere, with Bluetooth connectivity that lets you visualise your muscle training from start to finish through a dedicated training app.
Arm Belt by SIXPAD, £210, SIXPAD.UK
The Lip Facial
(Picture: Dr Nima)
Fancy a bit of a Kylie lip this summer minus the injectables?
The Perk Lip Treatment with Dr Nima Mahmoodi promises to enhance lips naturally, using roller-flex technology – where a pen-like device uses vacuum-like suction to gently remove the surface layer of dead skin cells and impurities while pushing through plumping antioxidants.
The treatment exfoliates and primes lips with hyaluronic acid, peony extract and peppermint oil. It feels strange, having the suction applied to the lips, and they will swell in protest – but then, that’s the goal here– and you are sent home with the rest of the vial of plumping solution, which you can apply like lip gloss several times a day to keep them plumped up.
Lip Perk Treatment with Dr Nima, £149 for one treatment. drnimalondon.com
(Picture: Neville Hair & Beauty)
If broken, chipped and cracked nails are a summer staple of yours that you’d like to see the back of – and you don’t fancy regular visits to the nail salon – try the hottest new treatment on the market. Think of it like an Olaplex for nails. This new treatment, called IBX, works under gentle heat to fuse together the nail’s top layers, strengthening the natural nail by filling in gaps and ridges and providing a protective shield to prevent nails from breaking.
The treatment is also used to target natural nail imperfections and weaknesses that prevent natural nails from growing long. IBX is particularly good for weak, thin, and damaged nails from years of gel manicures and acrylics.
IBX Nails at Neville Hair & Beauty, £90, nevillehairandbeauty.net
At Home Gel Manicure
SensatioNail Express Gel is a revolutionary, all-in-one gel formula. Brush on, cure, and voila, done in as little as 5 minutes. The one step application is chip resistant and provides up to 10 days of vibrant gel colour and shine. No top coat or base coat is needed, just cure for 30 seconds and go. No tacky residue and removal is just as fast and easy. The express gel starter kit includes everything you need to start doing your own beautiful gel manicures at home. Express gel starter kits include: LED lamp with USB lead and mains adaptor plus 10ml of express gel nail polish.
SensatioNail Express Starter Kit, £34.99, boots.com
The Sock Pedicure
If you’re on the lookout for the perfect at-home pedicure without all the filing, scraping and grating then look no further. These exfoliating socks let you be sandal-ready all summer long with minimal effort.
Footner promotes the natural peeling process of hard and dead skin by using Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), while moisturisers in the formula leave the skin softer and smoother with every use.
The first step to fabulous feet is to slip on the socks and make sure you have 60 minutes free to relax while the socks get to work – a perfect opportunity to put your feet up and catch up on Love Island.
After the hour is up, remove the socks and then soak your feet to wash away any excess residue. Full treatment time takes between 7-10 days, but once the peeling is done it will reveal feet you will want to show off all summer.
Footner Exfoliating Socks, £19.99, boots.com
The perfect solution to a sweaty commute, this efficient sweat pad holds 1,000 times the average amount of underarm sweat – so you can sweat up a storm without worrying about the dreaded wet patch.
The super soft outer layer feels comfortable against the skin, while the absorbent and waterproof layers ensure your clothes stay dry and protected all day.
These little beauties adhere to clothing and stop sweat marks as well as protecting clothes from white deodorant stains and yellow sweat stains.
Dandi Underarm Patches, £4.99 for a pack of 14, dandipatch.com