Summer is hard on hair. The harsh rays from the sun along with pool chemicals and saltwater can wreak havoc on anyone's locks, but they're especially harmful to color-treated hair. Why? Color-treated hair is already a bit damaged from the coloring process, making it more vulnerable to fading and breakage. It also has a tendency to be dryer than hair that has not been colored. So if you want your color-treated hair to look great all through the summer months, you have to take care of it. Following are three tips for keeping your color vibrant and your hair healthy all summer long.
Avoid the Sun
Repeated or prolonged sun exposure lightens natural hair, so think about what it can do to your colored hair. To prevent fading, reduce the amount of sun your hair gets. You can do so by wearing protective head coverings, such as hats or bandannas. You can also look for products that contain sunscreen. Some thermal styling sprays and hairsprays have UV protection built right in. Do not go outside without first protecting your hair from the sun's harmful rays.
Improve Your Routine
To combat the extreme conditions of summer, you need to step up your hair care game. Use protective and/or deep-conditioning shampoos and conditioners formulated for color-treated hair. Also, perform a weekly intensive conditioning treatment to keep your hair soft and manageable. If you engage in activities that leaves your hair dirty and grimy, shampoo it with a deep-cleansing or clarifying shampoo. If you suffer from buildup, you can even do bi-weekly clarifying treatments as long as you put moisture back into your hair with an intensive conditioning treatment.
Use Pool with Caution
Chlorine is extremely harsh. It can make your hair feel brittle and dry. It can even buildup, causing your hair to turn green. This is especially true if you have lighter hair or highlighted hair. To avoid these problems, limit chlorine exposure. If you swim a lot, be sure to wear a swimming cap. If you go swimming without a cap, make sure you shampoo and condition with a clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner immediately after. You can also wet your hair down before you go into the pool to keep your dry hair from sucking up all the chlorine.
There are multiple ways the summer months can ruin your hair, making your color appear dull and faded. If you want to keep your color looking great all summer long, you have to take steps to take care of your hair. A salon such as Hott Heads Salon could provide more information.