Caring For Your Summer Highlights

by Gianna Tino

Caring For Your Summer Highlights

Let’s be real here. Highlighting your hair can get a little pricey. That’s why when you get a full head of gorgeously done highlights from the right colorist, you want to take care of them as much as possible. Treat those bright strands well, otherwise your expensive set of highlights goes right down the drain. Summer can wreak havoc on your hair. The irony of the situation is that summer highlights are actually meant to mimic the hair you had naturally as a child just being out in the sun. That sun kissed look is the reason highlights exist in the first place. So it’s kind of funny that there are so many summer elements that are out to get your tresses. It can be troublesome to keep your highlights perfect. Here are some tips for caring for your summer highlights, and what to watch out for during the hot season.


Watch Out For The Pool

 The pool can easily kill your highlights. The reason being is that the chlorine used to treat the water is going to change your hair color. Chlorine is a potent oxidizing agent that acts as a disinfectant in the pool to inhibit bacteria growth. It's harsh on the hair and skin. Remember being blonde as a kid, and having your hair turn slightly green from the pool? It can happen to your highlights if you aren’t careful. The best way to protect your hair from the pool is to wear a swim cap. If you don’t want to rock that less than stylish statement, you can also protect your hair in other ways.

  Before going to the pool saturate your hair in a leave in conditioner that is meant for color treated hair. That way chlorine won’t get to your hair shaft, since it’s sealed with the conditioner. A great one to try is Sudzz FX's ColourFix Leave In Conditioner . It’s meant to defend against environmental factors and protects with hydrolyzed silk and wheat proteins.

   Then just pile your hair is a messy, but stylish top knot and you’ll be ready for a few hours at the pool.


The Sun Will Change The Color

 It’s not a joke. The sun will alter your highlights if you aren’t careful. The best way to deal with this fact is that if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time, then wear an elegant sun hat. By covering up your hair completely you are going to give your highlights the best chance of survival.

  Snobgirls Hair Care makes Procure Reveil-Lumiere Elixir Bio Serum Capsules. These are tiny capsules that you crack open and apply to towel dried hair. Not only do they protect your color from external factors, like the UV rays of the sun, but they will also guard against free radicals. Those are pollution factors in the air that can affect your color. These power packed capsules are a terrific habit to get into giving your hair for a vitamin boost like no other.


How To Maintain Your Highlights

  In keeping your summer highlights fresh, you must switch over to a color care shampoo like Pureology's Pure Volume Extra Care Shampoo and conditioner like Pureology's Pure Volume Hair Conditioner. Many different companies make them, such as AG Hair Care, Kendra, Abba, and Pureology. Pureology’s Colour Stylist line is a complete selection of hair care geared towards color treated hair. The shampoo and conditioner alone can go a long way in preventing your color from fading out. Try their entire line to preserve those stylish summer highlights. Before you know it, the weather will change again to cooler temps and you'll be ready for a whole new look. Balayage anyone? Ombre? Lowlights? There are so many color choices to choose from.


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