Sun-Savvy Haircare: How To Keep Your Strands Safe From UV Rays

Tue, June 12, 2012 5:39pm EDT by 3 Comments
Summer Haircare Sun Protection Tips

The sun can wreak havoc on your hair, especially if it’s color treated! Here, tips for protecting your tresses from Kyle White, lead colorist at Oscar Blandi Salon

UV rays from the sun can turn color-treated tresses all kinds of crazy colors. To keep your hair the right hue all summer, follow Kyle’s top tips!

• The sun bleaches out paint jobs on cars and fades fine art, which is why museums don’t hang fine art in direct sun light. As far as I’m concerned, hair color is art, so keep it covered when in direct sunlight. Try using floppy hats or Hermés silk scarves.

• For everyday use, just like your dermatologist says sun block for your skin every day, I say sun block for your hair every day.  I like the Kerastase Micro-Voile Protecteur for your hair – it’s not the least bit oily, and won’t weigh down your locks like some other products.

• Keep hair out of chlorine and salt water.  Imagine what would happen to your favorite dress or Manolo’s if dunked in salt water or chlorine, and then set out in the sun – that’s what you’re doing to your highlights. The cuticle of the hair is like a sponge – if you go into a pool with dry hair, it will absorb the chlorinated water. If you know that you’ll be going into salt water or chlorine, slick your hair back with an oil that contains sun protection like Phyto Plage because the oil will make the cuticle full, and it won’t absorb as much chlorine. Then, be sure to rinse hair with fresh water when you get out of the ocean or pool.

• If some chlorine does deposit on your hair and dulls your color, you can remove it by using a clarifying shampoo like Ultra Swim, or an at-home option like an apple cider vinegar rinse.

• Healthy hair holds color longer, so I recommend a deep conditioning treatment once a week.  I like Oribe’s Masque For Beautiful Color because it strengthens damaged hair, smoothes the cuticle and has color-protecting UV filters.  It also has bio-flavonoids, which protect color from fading and discoloration.

Happy Summer!

– Jennifer Tzeses

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