Summer is coming, and the annual search for the perfect, sun-kissed curls begins again. Whether you want to be golden like Gisele or bright and blonde like Blake (Lively), nothing says more about "We're ready for the holidays" than a warm tan and freshly brightened curls. But how can you prevent your hard-earned hair color from fading into the sun?
While the warmth of the sun after months of frosty winter air (ie dry air = dry hair) is a welcome relief to your mane, the UV rays could actually do more harm than good, especially if you have colored hair. You already know that the sun can naturally lighten your curls (the less talked of "Sun In" the better), but experts say that too much of it can also lead to dullness, fading and embrittlement.
"Color-treated hair does not respond well to the sun," says Michael Canale, owner of the Canale Salon in Beverly Hills and one of Hollywood's best colorists. According to Canale, who worked with everyone, from Kate Hudson to Penelope Cruz, and famously made sure that Jennifer Aniston's honey-cooled curls (he's half of the team responsible for the "Rachel"), "heat from the sun during the summer and hot tools used on the hair cause more and more fading and a dull look ". The result: "Your hair may become flabby, its color fade and the texture can also be affected."
To combat the effects of the sun, Canale says you should invest in a good shampoo and conditioner. "For the summer, a leave-in conditioner or hair foundation is good for going out," he says. "I also recommend heat protection if you are still styling."
Another easy way to protect your hair from fading: invest in a hat. "Without spending too much money, a beautiful sun hat is always trendy and protects not only the hair, but also the skin from the harsh sun," says Canale. Look for hats with a wide edge that covers not only your head, but also your neck and shoulders. Many hats today also have a built-in SPF that gives you extra protection from the harmful UV rays.
It's not just the sun; Canale says walking to the beach or pool could also affect your hair color. "Most public swimming pools have a high chlorine content, so you can see blondes turn green or their hair just take off," he says. "Finding a good hair dyer is key, because they know and recommend the latest products to remove the buildup or residue left over from pool or beach water."
The easiest way to look after your colored hair does not involve any products. "Definitely only wash your hair when needed," says Canale. "Every time you wash your hair, color molecules fall out. And, "he adds," hot water is the biggest culprit, along with a hard shampoo. "
And if you feel that your color-treated strands are suffering alone, it turns out stars are really just like us. "It was great to be Jennifer's colorist," says Canale about working with Aniston, "[aber] I'm constantly bringing her hair back to shiny, healthy hair, after aggressive trends and tough hair-roll rolls. Still, "he adds," it's always fun to work with her, and she always comes in with a great smile. "