Warm Weather Hair Care Tips


I am heading back to South Carolina for a wedding next week and hoping for some nice sunny weather so I can hit the beach. Too bad my vacay won’t include a yacht full of half-naked guys like Jennifer Lopez, looking summer-ready in Miami!

The sun, sand, wind, salt water and the oppressive humidity in Charleston could wreak havoc on my hair (and my brand new highlights, if I’m not careful).

Famed colorist Rita Hazan knows a thing or two about color. This is the woman who has worked with everyone from Beyonce, Katy Perry, Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Simpson and yes, J.Lo, and she’s sharing color care tips with all of us for the warmer months.

“If you’re planning a spring break trip filled with sun, beach and sand, don’t forget to pack for your hair. Too much Vitamin D can leave your hair color looking dull and faded. Here are a few tips to keep hair looking fresh in the warmer weather…

Your hair is just as sensitive to sun as your skin, especially if it’s color-treated. UVA/UVB rays from the sun are a leading cause of fading hair color, plus saltwater and chlorine dehydrate hair and can wreak havoc on your color. To maintain color while at the beach or in the sun, use products that have SPF and UV protection. Apply to hair a few times while in the sun, especially after a dip – it protects hair just as you would put SPF on to protect your skin. If you don’t have a special product for your hair, you can even put sunscreen in a water bottle and spray it in your hair to protect color.

A conditioning treatment should be used year-round, even when the weather is warmer. Use a conditioning treatment once or twice a week to add moisture back into hair, helping it to become stronger, healthier and shinier, especially after spending hours in the sun. Dry or damaged hair won’t hold color or shine because the hair is too weak.

Humidity and chlorine can fade hair quickly, so in between the sun and swimming, you can lose your color. The sun is always going to get to you. A gloss is the perfect product to use as prevention. As it fades a little, the gloss will give it the affect as if you never left the salon – it will be more vibrant and glowing. If you put on a gloss or conditioning treatment 3-4 times a week for 1-3 minutes, your color is likely to stay longer while you are out in the sun.

Just as you would put a moisturizer on your skin every night, focus on having a good gloss as part of your daily routine for your hair. Glosses protect color from fading and keep hair shiny. My Ultimate Shine Color Gloss Collection adds lustrous moisture and shine to help color maintain its vibrancy, and you’ll never have to worry about dullness or fading of your hair color between salon visits.”

-- Ryan Patterson

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