The 5 Summer Color Commandments for Blondes
Maintaining blonde color, especially in the summer, requires a bit of effort. All the elements we commonly come into contact with from June to August (salt water, chlorine, harsh UV rays) can take a pretty big toll. That’s why we’re laying out five color commandments anyone with fair hair should follow.
Avoid Direct Sunlight
Protect your hair just as you would your skin. UV rays are known to dry out hair and fade color. This can cause your blonde to turn brassy much quicker. If you know you’re going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, make sure you wear a hat or, if hats aren’t your style, apply a UV-protectant spray instead. Either way, do not leave your locks exposed all day.
Be Smart About How Often You Shampoo
Washing your hair too often, especially when it’s lighter, will strip it of its natural oils and also fade your color faster (are you sensing a theme here?). Combat this by shampooing less and conditioning more with the right products. More specifically, incorporate a deep-conditioning treatment into your routine once or twice a week to really replenish your locks. We like the John Frieda® Sheer Blonde® Go Blonder® Lemon Miracle Masque to help strengthen hair and protect from future damage.
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…And Swap Out Your Showerhead
Consider installing a filtered showerhead in your bathroom to reduce the hard-water output. Unfiltered water contains minerals that will oxidize your color and bring out the brassiness. (Bonus: Filtered water will help keep your skin from drying out.) It also helps to finish your shower with a cool rinse. We know—brrrr!—but cold water seals the hair cuticle, locking in moisture and preventing color from fading.
Watch Out for Chlorine
Don’t let a fun pool day turn your blonde hair green and brittle. Avoid this by saturating your hair with filtered water before jumping into the pool. This will allow it to soak up more of the fresh water and less of the chemically treated chlorine. Afterward, it’s best to shampoo and condition your hair immediately to replenish your strands. (This also applies to beach days, because too much exposure to salt water can dry out your hair.)
Try a Glaze
To lock in color and prevent fading or discoloration, make an appointment with your colorist for a sheer glaze. This type of treatment doesn’t contain ammonia or peroxide, so it won’t affect your color at all. Hello, shine.