Be it a dip in the pool, a day at the beach or a festival weekend, the struggle to preserve your color-treated hair this summer is real. To help you maintain your hair color, its shine and integrity, we went to a pro with our concerns. Ahead, Rocky Barnes' colorist, Bianca Hillier from Andy LeCompte Salon in Beverly Hills, spills the tea on preventing chlorine mishaps and post-beach hair color fading for blondes, brunettes, and redheads.
3 Things to Avoid
- Females should avoid using any additional heat on their hair. Heat on hair opens the outside cuticle layer of the hair allowing the colour molecules to fall out. For shine, Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque is great. Use it as directed and allow time for the product to sit and process and truly repair the hair.
- Avoid going into chlorine pools especially if you're blonde so that the colouring doesn’t turn a mossy green color.
- Do not go to the beach without putting a heat protectant or SPF in the hair. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Hair Oil gives the hair a sleek look creates shine, plus has SPF and anti-damage.
Before the Pool
For blondes, brunettes, and redheads, I recommend Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 on damp or dry hair to absorb the unwanted chlorine chemicals. Douse the hair generously to cover all grounds. It can sit for as long as possible. Eventually shampoo and condition it out.
After the Pool
I'd suggest an Olaplex treatment overnight for anyone who has color-treated hair and was exposed to chlorine during pool play time. Here are my favorite products based on hair color:
Blondes: Malibu C Wellness Beauty makes amazing mineral deposit remover packettes that work wonders. You can add warm water and pour it all over the hair for 20 minutes to release the toxins and chemicals in the hair. Everyone is different. Keep an eye on it and check every three to five minutes to insure the colour is moving in the proper direction. Once this is done, hydrate the hair with an amazing treatment to follow.
Brunettes: Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner as you would any regular shampoo/conditioner. This is extra hydrating and will recreate the luster and shine the pool eats out of the colour.
Redheads: Olaplex in salon and an at-home treatment to create more bonds inside the hair for the molecules to latch onto. Shampoo hair, apply Olaplex No. 3 then let it sit as long as possible. Shampoo and condition it out. Chlorine contains a green-like tint and will alter the color even if only microscopically. UV rays fade the colour and create a brassy tinge that can easily be toned out with the proper formulation. Anyone with lightening services done to their hair colour, including balayage and highlights, should definitely be wary of chlorine.
Before and After the Beach
Salt water can roughen the hair cuticle and break the bonds on the inside structure of the hair thus allowing the colour molecules to spill out.
Blondes: Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme can be used after shampoo and conditioning as a styling cream. It conaints Olaplex's active ingredient in it to protect the bonds from being destroyed from beach weather and harsh water. Be sure to use a cream-based product (i.e. Olaplex No. 3 or 6) to protect your hair color from the exterior roughage from salt water.
Brunettes: Shu Uemura Absolue Essence Oil. This product feels like slime but the hair drinks it right up away. Apply a generous amount and work it through tips to root allowing the oil to soak in. This has SPF and will work as an anti-fade formulation. After, do a deep hydrating masque to bring back the cosmetic slip to the exterior layer of the hair.
Redheads: Olaplex No. 3 will repair the bonds inside the hair and allow the colour molecules to last longer.