My hair color is an investment, both in time and money. So one of the last things that I want to do is have my color fade or change because I haven’t taken proper care of it. Amy Akiva, is a Master Colorist at Prince + Broad Salon in New York City, and she’s sharing her favorite must know hair color tips for summer. These easy to follow tricks will save your color, preventing it from fading.
1. Do Not put your hair in the sun!
The sun can act like bleach on your hair. It damages the outer layer leading to discoloration, frizzy hair and broken ends. It makes your hair look and feel dry. There are some hair products that contain sunscreen, but I don’t recommend them. Nothing is better than wearing a hat and preventing damage in the first place.
2. Shampoo the roots, not the ends. Condition the ends, not the roots
Many people experience oily roots in the summer from all the heat and sweating. One thing to do is put shampoo on your finger tips and rub it at your roots. Before you rinse, hold your ends up so the shampoo does not run over the bottom of your hair. Then take conditioner and put it half way down the hair shaft to the ends. This will technique will help eliminate oily roots while keeping the ends nice and healthy.
3. Water before Water
Wet your hair with clean water before going in a chlorinated pool or the ocean. Hair is like a sponge and will absorb less if it’s already wet when you enter the water. You can also coat the hair with coconut oil or condition. After you get out of the water, rinse out your hair as soon as you can. Chlorine and salt can dry your hair.
4. Blondes Turning Yellow
The sun is the kiss of death for a blonde – bringing out yellow and brassy tones. Use a purple shampoo and conditioner! My favorite is Kevin Murphy’s Blonde.Angel. It’s highly pigmented and can tone unwanted yellow or brassy tones. For light toning, use the purple shampoo. For more stubborn yellow tones, use the purple conditioner and leave it on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing.
5. Check in with your Colorist and Stylist
With all this fun in the sun, it’s easy to skip seeing your hair people. It’s still important to continue with color upkeep and getting regular trims. We can help assess how your hair is holding up through the summer and make appropriate recommendations. Here’s my number 1 suggestion, skip the blow dryer and hot tools and work your natural texture.