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Summer’s quickly approaching—and if you dye your hair, you may want to think about changing up your routine in order to help maintain your pretty hair color. From using a system of color safe shampoo and conditioner to learning about the best color correction hair tips, we’ve got you covered with our guide to maintaining hair color in the summer. Keep reading for our best summer hair color tips.
This means two things: First, keep the temperature down. As great as a hot shower may feel, those high temps can wreak havoc on color-treated hair, leaving your hair feeling drier and your hair color looking duller. Second, think about getting a filter for your shower head—yes, they really exist. Some water contains harsh minerals that can lead to hair color fade, so filtering is your best bet to a fade-free rinse.
The first step to any hair color care routine is to stock your shower with a system of color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Look for a sulfate-free option, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner. Gently massage the shampoo into your hair, then rinse out thoroughly with lukewarm water and follow up by applying the conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for 1-3 minutes, then rinse out thoroughly with lukewarm water as well.
The drier your hair feels, the less shiny it can look. So, make sure to use a hair mask a couple of times a week. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm in conjunction with the color-safe shampoo and conditioner we just mentioned. You can also try a hair sheet mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask or L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask.
Look, we love using our blow-dryer, flat iron, and curling wand as much as the next person, but there’s no denying that repeated exposure to those high temps isn’t so great for your strands. The more you expose your hair to high temperatures, the duller it can get and the less radiant it can look. That being said, you don’t have to sacrifice style. Rock beachy waves sans the use of any heat tools. Just spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto damp hair and let your hair air dry. For added texture, create a braid after spraying and undo the braid once your hair has dried.
If you are going to blow-dry, straighten, or curl your hair, make sure to use a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream, first. Protecting your hair from heat is key to helping maintain your gorgeous hair color this summer.
You wouldn’t step outside without broad-spectrum sunscreen on, so what makes you think your hair can brave the elements without protection? The same way high temps from hot tools can cause hair color fading, so can the sun’s powerful UV rays. Try spritzing hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold with UV filter for Color-Treated Hair before going outside.
If you have blonde hair, then you know that it can turn brassy pretty easily—especially during the summer when you’re out in the sun and swimming in a chlorinated pool more frequently. Stock up on a shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment that can help neutralize the look of brassiness, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment.
If you’re styling your color-treated hair and it’s looking a bit dull, one great product to have on hand is a shine-enhancing hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray. Simply shake the can and spray from 12 inches away to set your style and add a touch of shine.
At this point you already know that fading is eventually inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not concealable. All you have to do is add the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up to your routine to conceal grays and any grow out in seconds with just one spray (it washes out in one shampoo). The lightweight formula leaves no smudging or sticky residue when it dries which means you’re just left with tresses that look fresh out of the salon.
For more hair color tips, here’s How to Help Keep Your Hair Color Looking Healthy.