Nothing strips your beautiful (and expensive) hair color like the elements of summer. Sun, salt water and chlorine suck out the moisture from your hair and can lead to parched split ends and lackluster color. Here is how to protect it during the season so you won’t spend the fall and winter in repair mode.
First and foremost, get a haircut. The sun will be more intense on hair that is already dry, so cut off split ends that have become brittle from lack of moisture now, instead of lopping all of it off at the end of the season.
Next, when you’re in the sun, protect your hair like you would protect your skin—with SPF. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($27) provides UVA and UVB protection for your hair, is super lightweight and smells like tropical paradise. Spray it on dry or damp hair prior to sun exposure and your strands will be protected for up to 16 hours. It also contains shea butter, coconut and palm oil to condition your hair if you are already feeling the effects of summer damage.
If you are going swimming, wear a swim cap, but not the kind you think. While our mother’s generation might have put on a plastic flowered-covered cap, today, we have better options—specifically, Philip Kingsly SwimCap ($32). When applied to damp hair before swimming, this cream protects against the drying and damaging effects of both chlorine and salt water. It can even keep your hair from turning colors in the water (we’re talking to you bottle blondes).
Once you’re out of the water (and the sun) don’t brush your wet hair. Your strands are most vulnerable when your hair is wet so either rough dry it first before using a brush, or spray on detangler and use a wide toothed comb from the bottom up to get rid of snags.
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