Featured__ Keep Your Blonde Locks from Turning Green this Summer

May 27, 2015 | By

Sometimes we think summer should come with warning signs. Like "Highlights Beware Chlorine Filled Pool" and "Put A Hat On The Sun is Not Trying To Seeing Your Hair Win." All it takes is one seemingly harmless cannonball for your golden strands to start looking like The Hulk. The color change happens when hair gets soaked with chlorine and other nasty chemicals like bleach that are in average pool water. Then there's the pool's good friend, the sun, which turns hair brassy and damages it to its core. Throw in some salt water and it's game over for your luscious locks.

Unlike that blazing ball of fire, we want to see your hair win. All. Summer. Long.

Here's how to Keep Your Blonde Locks from Turning Green this Summer:

1. Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Before jumping in the pool, stick your head under the nearest showerhead and get your hair nice and damp. Lather your hair up with conditioner and leave it in for a few minutes. Once you wash it out you’ve created a barrier for your hair from the chlorine and other chemicals in the water.

2. Clean Sweep

If you didn’t prep your hair before jumping in the water there are tons of solutions specifically to combat pool chemicals in your hair and clarify out chemicals. Right after swimming, shower and lather your hair up with clarifying shampoo to wash away the chemicals before they affect your hair color. Try Joico K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo or Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo.

3. Home Remedies

You can use everyday household items like Ketchup, tomato juice, lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda. Rub any of these items, the baking soda mixed with shampoo, into your hair completely and let it sit for 10-15 minutes then wash it out. This will help clear out those chemicals without further damaging your hair.

4. Pre and Post Sun Protection

For the sun, there are products you can put in your hair to protect it from the rays, like Phyto PhytoPlage Protective Beach Hair Spray or Aveda ‘Sun Care’ Protective Hair Veil. There's also post hair masks like the Phyto Plage Recovery Mask that helps to nourish, repair, and restore damanged hair fibers.

5. Last Resort: Cover Up

Although they aren’t exactly attractive looking, swim caps are extremely effective at protecting your hair from the chlorine and chemicals. And for the sun, you can always throw on any kind of hat.

 

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