How To Protect Your Hair Color in the Summer
After spending months inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all eager to return to the outside world, and with summer arriving, the idea of spending time outdoors is even more enticing. Maybe your country has already loosened restrictions and allowed people to return to beaches, or maybe you’re still trying to sunbathe from your balcony or backyard. In any case, you’ll finally be seeing some sunshine and good weather… but so will your hair.
You may be aware that UV light can damage hair and, moreover, make your hair color fade faster. Longer days in the sun also mean prolonged exposure to UV rays (potentially damaging to your hair and hair color), but you may not be able to visit your salon to top up the color as frequently as you used to.
You’re probably already making sure to protect your skin from UV rays with SPF, but how can you protect your hair and make sure your color stays vibrant for longer? Here are some tips.
Limit Exposure to the Sun
Like skin, hair needs to be protected from the sun. Avoid prolonged exposure and going outside between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun is hottest and there is most risk from UV radiation. Whenever you go outside, protect your hair by wearing a hat or take cover in the shade when you can.
Be Careful While Swimming
Swimming exposes your hair to multiple risk factors: the sun and UV rays, chlorine, and saltwater. Be sure to take precautions against each one to ensure that your hair is adequately protected.
Don’t submerge your color-treated hair in chlorinated pools because it will bleach out your color. Similarly, salt water can damage your hair. If you do swim, give your hair an extra boost with Prickly Pear Seed Oil or Argan Oil, and put it up in a bun. When you get home and wash it out with your favorite shampoo, you’ll feel the difference in the texture of your hair.
Fortify Your Hair With Color Protection
If you’re constantly frustrated with how quickly your hair color fades, and are looking for a product that can protect your hair from all the harmful elements you may encounter in the summertime, look no further than the Color Protect Hairpod™.
This pod is full of polyphenols, derived from green tea extract, which are powerful antioxidants. The concentrated form in Hairpods™ is exceptionally effective at targeting free radicals caused by UV damage to the skin and hair.
The Color Protect Hairpod™ is a simple, effective solution for maintaining the vibrancy of hair color. The treatment pod creates a powerful barrier to protect hair from aggressors like pollution, saltwater, and UV light. Its moisture-rich formula hydrates and rejuvenates damaged hair to make your hair feel renewed, revitalized, and full of life. Best of all, you won’t have to go back to the salon nearly as often for a top-up.
Avoid Hot Showers
If you like your showers to steam up your bathroom, maybe reconsider if you’d like to make sure your dye job lasts longer. High temperatures open up the hair cuticle, which allows hair color, and moisture, to be released.
Instead, try to wash your hair with room-temperature water and do the final rinse with the coldest water you can stand in order to seal up the hair cuticle. It’s also much kinder to your scalp.
Avoid Heat and Use Thermal Protectants
Although they’re great styling tools, frequent blow-drying and use of curling irons contribute to damaging your hair and fading hair color.
Try to stay away from your hot tools for at least the first week after coloring your hair to prevent your color from fading too quickly. If you decide to style your treated hair with heat, make sure to use a good thermal protectant to prevent your hair from suffering too much damage or color loss. Use the Vapored Strength Hairpod™ to improve your hair’s resilience, elasticity, and strength, and protect against environmental aggressors and styling.
Wash Your Hair Less, Dry Shampoo More
Professionals recommend that you wait around 48 hours before shampooing your newly-dyed hair for the first time. This allows the dye to settle into your hair and prevents the dye from being washed out too soon.
Also, try to avoid washing your hair every day because this strips hair of oils and color. Use a dry shampoo in between washes to get rid of oil buildup, and invest in a shampoo and conditioner treatment that’s designed specifically for color-treated hair for when you have to wash it. Make sure to concentrate your shampooing on your roots, and not on the middle or ends of your hair, to cleanse efficiently but prevent your color from fading over time.
Prep Your Hair Before Coloring
You prime your face before you apply makeup, so make sure to prep your hair before going to the salon. Wash your hair with a chelating shampoo to remove product buildup prior to coloring your hair to ensure better longevity. Chelating shampoos are stronger than normal shampoos and are able to remove product buildup more thoroughly, as well as minerals, metals, and chlorine that cause damage and color loss. However, you’ll want to use a deep-conditioning mask to put the hydration back into your hair right after.
Stylists cite hair dryness as one of the main culprits for color-loss, so use a conditioning treatment once or twice a week to add moisture back into your hair. The Precision Conditioner Hairpod™ renews and repairs in just seconds, leaving hair soft, shiny, and protected with a weightless finish.
Apply conditioner to damp hair in sections to ensure that it thoroughly coats and saturates your hair. Keep conditioner away from the roots and concentrate on covering the mid-shafts and ends of your hair, especially if you have fine hair. This will prevent your hair from becoming oily too quickly and being weighed down. Always check that your conditioner has a pH in the range 4.5 – 5.5, ideally below 5.0. This is the comfort zone for scalp and hair, since hair has a natural pH in this range. Shampoos can have a pH as high as 7, which makes for lots of bubbles, but it can damage your hair by leaving the cuticle wide open if not followed with a low-pH conditioner.
Pay Attention to Ingredients
Many shampoos contain ingredients that can strip the color from your hair. Look for products that are free of sulfates, and avoid using clarifying shampoos on colored hair. Be wary of anti-dandruff shampoos, unless they are specifically formulated for color-treated hair.
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