Having color treated hair can be difficult to manage, especially during those summer months. It is always important to make sure that you are using products that are safe to use on color treated hair, but there are many other ways to ensure that your color stays healthy & vibrant all summer long.
Stay Moisturized: Don’t let the sun dry out your hair. Using oils & conditioners all summer long will give your hair protection from the sun as well as shine. Helping your hair stay moisturized also helps to extend the life of your color.
Cool before the pool: Wet your hair before diving in. By doing this, your hair absorbs a minimal amount of chlorine, so it is less damaging to your locks. As soon as you get out, rinse your hair with fresh water to get the chlorine & other buildup out of your hair.
Go Clean: Shampoo before you color? It’s not as mad as it seems. Since you perspire more in the summer months, hair color can oxidize when it comes in contact with sweat. Shampooing before going to the salon can prevent this & it will help your hair color from fading early.
Cold Water: The cooler the temperature of water you use when shampooing your hair, the more the color sticks to your hair. Even if you don’t want to cool down the whole time you shower, make sure to use cold water when shampooing & conditioning your hair.
- Don’t go green. Before thinking of taking a dip, don’t forget about your locks! Blondes have a much easier time picking up harsh minerals & chlorine. Make sure to saturate your hair in fresh water before going swimming. When you get out, make sure to give you hair another rinse before you go back to relaxing poolside. However if you end up seeing green, there are products on the market to help take out those tints (mineral buildup) if you forget our tip.
- Cover up! Although it is important for every hair type to cover up in the summer, it is especially important for darker hair colors to stay in the shade. Dark hair lightens in the sun. To make your color last longer, use hats and scarves to avoid bringing out unwanted red or brassy tones.
- Go more often. When the sun’s out, redheads should make sure they visit their salon a little more frequently. Since the sun accelerates the lightening of your color, you want to make sure your vibrant color doesn’t fade or turn brassy. Many salons have gloss treatments & shiner enhancers to help extend the life of your color.