How to pro­tect your hair colour in the warmer months

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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, wool­; AVEDA Sun Care Pro­tec­tive Hair Veil, $49.95; KERATASE Soleil Masque Uv De­fense ac­tive, $60,; CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Mois­tur­iz­ing Hair Oil with Laven­der SPF 6, $53,

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