Hey gals! It's Deidre.
I always have the least amount of perfect hair days in the warmer months and I'm sure it's the same for you. Between lightening your color, going in the pool or ocean and extra sun exposure, your hair takes a beating.
I'm here to share the two most important things you can do to maintain the integrity of your hair now that warmer temps have arrived for good.
1. Use A Heat Protectant
I always tell my clients that if they had to choose only ONE product, make it a heat protectant. Consider it the oven mitt for your hair. It makes me literally cringe to think of someone touching a 400 degree curling iron to their hair with nothing there to protect it. Eventually over time, your hair won't be able to handle much more of the heat and it will start breaking. Using a heat protectant is the simplest way to avoid unnecessary damage.
If your hair is fine or slightly over processed, it obviously means it's more fragile. Keep the styling tools at 375 degrees or lower. If your hair is a little bit courser and in good condition, I'd say you can bump it up to 400 degrees. But no matter what type of hair you have, don't forget your heat protectant!
2. Get Your Hair Wet Before Swimming
When your hair is colored, the cuticle has been altered and is practically wide open. As a result, things like salt water in the ocean or chlorine in a pool will affect your hair color if you don't embrace a slightly irritating habit to get used to. If you insist upon swimming, the simplest thing you can do to protect your color during the summer is to get your hair wet before getting into the pool or ocean. After wetting it down, spray a leave-in conditioner onto your hair. This will provide a layer of protection on the cuticle, making it harder for the salt water or pool chemicals to penetrate into your hair shaft and cause your color to fade.
Your colorist will always say not to get your hair wet, but I personally love to embrace my natural curl in the summer by jumping in the pool or ocean (I'm a rule breaker, what can I say?!) because nothing brings out my curly texture like the summer heat.
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