How to protect your hair colour in the warmer months
Sun-proof your hair colour in the warmer months.
Spending time in the sun, surf and sand does wonders for your wellbeing. Your hair colour? Not so much. “Sunlight causes oxidation, which leads to faster colour fade,” explains celebrity hair colourist Christophe Robin. “But if you use regular sunscreen and your hair is porous, you won’t be able to wash it out – just think how difficult it is to wash suncream off the body.” Instead, Robin suggests coating chemically processed hair with Spf-spiked hair oil before stepping outside. “Some people think an oil will fry the hair, but it does the opposite and actually hydrates and protects hair against the sunlight,” he says. If your hair falls on the low-to-medium porosity scale, try a specific hair UV spray; and regardless of your hair type, a hat is advisable. Post-swim, rinse your hair as soon as possible using a sulfatefree shampoo (“these are not a marketing ploy – a detergent-free formula won’t dissolve the dye and helps preserve colour”) and follow with a moisturising conditioner or mask. And if you’re regularly enjoying a dip, don’t be afraid to wash your hair every day because, as Robin explains, “If you’re using the right cleanser, you will just wash out the chlorine and salt – not the colour.”
(clockwise from top left) OGX Hydrate and Colour Reviving + Sunflower Shimmering Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner, $17.99 each, woolworths.com.au; AVEDA Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $49.95 Aveda.com.au; KERATASE Soleil Masque Uv Defense active, $60, keratase.com.au; CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender SPF 6, $53, Sephora.com.au