So you went blonde. Or you already were blonde. Or maybe you tried baylayage and now you’re some version of bronde. You’re all ready for summer which means long days at the beach and mai tais by the pool or splash pads with toddlers and sunscreen drenched skin. Whatever days you have ahead, don’t let your skin be the only thing you protect during the summer months-what about your hair?
As a kid, I spent countless hours splashing in chlorinated pools and jumping waves in salty beaches. The sun was both my friend and my enemy, leaving me with sun bleached hair spoiled with chlorine green streaks and dried out ends. My mom dried every concoction possible to rid me those green streaks, which is partly why I ended summer with a bob at least 6 inches shorter than how I started.
We’ve come a long way since then. So let’s forgo the mayonnaise and vinegar shampoo in lieu of these game changing products and tips that will keep you looking your sun kissed summer best.
If you’re looking to keep your blonde light and bright, consider trying a purple shampoo once a week, or every other, depending on how often you wash your hair. Purple shampoo will keep unwanted yellow tones away that begin to build over time. We like Unita Blonda, but there are various purple shampoos available in a range of prices.
Condition Condition Condition!
OK, you don’t need to condition multiple times a day or anything, we just mean when you do condition, make it a good one. Heat and swimming dries out the hair, but conditioner acts as a filler, keeping hair smooth and sleek. Try B3 Color Care Conditioner found here.
For additional maintenance, both preventative and/or to repair hair, consider a leave-in conditioner like Unite 7Seconds. Wet hair with fresh water (or use out of the shower) and spray Unite 7Seconds throughout hair. Leave-in conditioner, meant to be left in the hair (go figure), will prevent hair from absorbing as much salt or chlorinated water and will protect color. Consider keeping this is your beach bag to use in a pinch!
Those of you looking for a natural solution or an extra dose of moisture should consider oils. Natural oils will add moisture to your hair, leaving it smooth and adding shine while nourishing your scalp, soothing dry, flakey skin and dandruff. Massage a small amount of room temperature oil to your roots and hair. Put a shower cap on and let sit for 30 minutes, then wash with an all-natural shampoo. For thick, course hair try coconut, argan, avocado or extra-virgin olive oil. For thin hair try pomegranate seed or rosemary oil. Jaboba is great or all hair types (and skin too!).