How to care for blonde hair in the summer
Maintaining blonde hair colour or highlights can be a challenge in summer months, with variables such as the sun, salt water and chlorine causing damage or fading. So to keep your locks in top condition in the warmer months, we’ve rounded up some expert tips for keeping your colour fresh.
First up, one of the best ways to ensure your blonde hair stays in its best shape is to invest in a shampoo specifically designed for summer use. Julie Church, Salon Director at Gatsby & Miller, suggests using a formula which is designed to gently clarify your hair, and recommends R+Co Sunset Boulevard shampoo. This product has both nourishing and hydrating qualities and also features the added benefit of UV protectors.
Wanting to show off a fresh look in your holiday snaps may seem like a good excuse to get bright new highlights, but ensure you’ve packed moisturising products in your beauty bag in order to keep your tresses looking their best. To protect your highlights, hydrate the hair not just after a day in the sun but throughout the day too, and work a sea salt spray like R+Co Rockaway or John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray through regularly. “This will not only give you a gorgeous beach look but also gives UV protection, prevents colour fade and revitalises and strengthens the hair,” Julie told Cover Media, adding that hair will ultimately lighten a little in the sun anyway.
Above all, it’s important to defend the hair against the elements, meaning a heat protectant is key for daily use – even if you’re not using heat stylers – and always follow up a long day at the beach by using a deep conditioning treatment to soak the locks. With highlights or full colour, it is possible to achieve a sun-bleached look without damaging the hair’s condition, although the tresses need to be in good condition to begin with. To avoid disasters, book in with an experienced colour technician for a consultation prior to your appointment, and research their work if you can. “I highly recommend anyone having colour should make sure their stylist is working with (hair treatment technology) Olaplex,” explained Julie. “Adding this into your colour and continuing an Olaplex treatment plan at home will maintain the strength and integrity of your hair.”