Pools are finally open again and chances are, you’re ready to have some fun in the hot summer sun. But before you throw on that new swimsuit, read these easy steps to help protect your semi-permanent color and minimize damage from chlorine. Let’s dive in!
Step 1. Rinse Off
Following basic pool protocol is good for a lot of reasons. But hitting the showers before you hit the pool actually helps prolong the life of your hair color too! Saturating your mane with clean water makes it harder for chlorine, salt, and other damaging chemicals to permeate your strands, strip away your shade or turn blonde hair chlorine green.
Step 2. Oil It Up
Grab a protective hair oil (coconut, argan or camellia will do) and apply a light layer of it to your freshly-rinsed strands, taking an extra minute to focus on dry or damaged ends. Doing this will create a protective barrier between your strands and the pool or salt water.
Step 3. Take 5
Give the oil about 5 minutes to soak in. While you’re waiting, grab that waterproof sunblock and slather it on to protect your skin.
Step 4: Top It Off
Throw on that adorable dad hat, baseball cap or this amazing oVertone Bucket Hat to protect your mane from color-zapping UV rays. Bonus: you’ll look super cute while also protecting your eyes and face.
Step 5: Stay Hydrated
If you’re hanging at the pool all day long, make sure you check in on your hair periodically! If it feels dry, apply a little more oil to your mane (and sunscreen to your body).
Step 6. Treat Your Strands to Some Post-Swim Love
When you’re done soaking up the sun, head straight to the shower and apply a nourishing hair mask or ultra-hydrating deep conditioning treatment (The Remedy anyone?) This will refresh your color, replenish moisture and repair any damage caused by chlorine, water, and UV rays.
Step 7: Tone It Up
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