Summer vacations are the best, but for colored hair, they can be the absolute worst unless you know how to to protect and care for dyed strands while you soak up the sun! Below, you'll find some handy haircare tips to keep your colored tresses looking beautiful during and after your vacation.
Prep your hair for the pool
Before you go ahead and dive into the pool, make sure your hair is completely wet. Rinsing your locks until they're totally saturated will prevent them absorbing lots of chlorinated water which can cause colored hair to appear dull and lifeless, and even alter the color itself. Unfortunately, all those horror stories about green hair aren't just a myth.
Shield your hair against seawater
If you're planning to take a dip in the ocean, you need to create a barrier between the hair shaft and the seawater because sea salt can make colored hair look washed out or faded. Saturate your mane beforehand as you would for the pool, but also cover it in a nourishing conditioner or hair oil to add another layer of protection.
To protect colored and highlighted hair from becoming lighter or brassier than you'd like in the sun, cover it up with a hat, a headscarf and UV protectants. Just think of your hair the same way you think about your skin when you're out in the sun - it can and will get damaged if you don't protect it!
Condition your hair
While shampooing your hair everyday can cause extra dryness, make sure you're conditioning it regularly. After a day spent poolside or at the beach, rinse your hair with water and apply regular conditioner to the lengths, then wash it out as usual. You should also use leave-in conditioner on the ends, and make time for a pampering hair mask when you have some down time.
Use heat protectants
Going heat-free while on vacation is always a good idea, but when you absolutely need to use heat on your hair, make sure you apply a heat protectant like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray first. Colored hair is especially susceptible to heat damage at the best of times, so be gentle with it and only use the minimum temperature required to get the job done.