We normally take extra care of our skin during summer, but we often tend to ignore one important thing: our locks.
Hair needs serious maintenance in the warm months because, like it or not, there is no other season that is more damaging to the hair than summer, especially if your strands are colored.
It might sound ironic, but the best season of the year (think pool parties, beach resorts, sexy tan) comes with some of the toughest hair-color adversaries. Strong sunlight, salty ocean water and chlorinated pool water ruthlessly attack colored strands. The result: color fades, hair looks dull and frayed, ladies start having bad hair days.
During summer hair color protection is more necessary than ever so, to help you figure out what is best for your colored summer tresses, we have rounded up some hair care tips that will make your sunny days brighter keeping your hair color outrageously vibrant at the same time.
The summer sun we all dream of during chilly months breaks down the melanin in the hair with its powerful UV rays. This causes colored hair to lighten, sometimes even up to four shades, affecting most commonly redheads who risk turning orange or brassy.
Hair Care Tip: To prevent color from fading use a color-protecting spray with UV protection before stepping out into the sun. Hair color protection at its best.
Chlorine is the perfect bacteria neutralizer, but at the same time it fades hair color. Swimming in a pool is to hair almost like swimming in bleach: blondes acquire a greenish tinge and gray hair easily turns yellow. Red and brunette locks are not immune to chlorine, either, and tend to become lacklustre and lose intensity.
Hair Care Tip: The first thing to do before dipping your locks in chlorinated water is to apply a leave-in conditioner that acts as a barrier against it, or soak them in fresh water until they become saturated and absorb less chlorine. Rinsing your hair right after swimming is equally important, so don’t postpone washing your crowning glory once you’re done.
Swimming in the ocean is a pleasure. Soaking your hair in salt water not so much. Whatever your hair color, dipping your hair repeatedly in ocean water lightens your hair color. It opens up the hair cuticle (the layer that protects the hair shaft) and allows color pigments to escape. As a result hair looks duller and color fades.
Hair Care Tip: Never wait for too long to rinse your strands after you come out of the water, especially if you are a beach fan and you are mad about swimming. Use a leave-in conditioner that restores color vibrancy and nourishes hair.
Hats and scarves also provide great hair color protection, so make sure you are always wearing one in the daytime, especially at the beach. Since they always add a little extra sass, they are the perfect summer accessory.
Ladies, your hair is now so ready for summer!