By Michelle Phi
Getting a fresh new color is a good excuse to hit the town with your friends any time of year. But before you step out the door, there are a few simple things you can do to protect your colored hair from the environment. Preserving your new look can be as easy as keeping a few protective products and accessories in your beauty arsenal.
Warmer Weather Equals More Fun in the Sun
In warmer weather, people spend more time enjoying the great outdoors. But sunlight can fade your hair color, so spritz on a protectant spray that contains SPF before you step out of your house. As an alternative, cover your head with a hat or wide scarf to shield your hair color from the sun’s rays.
Summer heat can also dry out your hair and rob the color of its shine. Take preventative measures by using One ‘n Only’s Argan Oil Treatment to lock the moisture into your hair and retain your color’s beautiful glow.
Heat isn’t the only color-fading culprit. Chlorine-treated pool water can also affect your colored hair, and not in a good way. There are several ways you can prevent pool chemicals from fading your color and drying out your hair. Before swimming, coat your hair in either coconut oil or olive oil to create a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. If you don’t want to use oil, create a physical barrier by slipping on a swimming cap. Or simply wet your hair with clean water before taking a dip—your already-soaked hair will absorb less chlorinated water.
Cold Weather Means Less Moisture In the Air
The winter months can be harsh on colored hair due to the cold air outside and the heated air inside. Both environments lead to a lack of moisture in the air, which dries out your hair and causes your color to fade.
Switch out your usual conditioner for a color-safe and moisturizing product like One ‘n Only Argan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner, which helps retain your hair’s moisture and keep the color from bleeding out. One ‘n Only products tend to be sulfate-free, which means they’re safer to use on color-treated hair. While sulfate-containing hair care products wash away dirt and grime, they also strip the oils from your locks.
In addition to a moisturizing conditioner, you may want to apply a hair mask treatment at least once a week. Not only will it help replenish and retain the moisture your colored tresses so desperately need, it’ll also provide extra sheen. Even though it’s cold in winter, the sun still shines, so if you’re outside frequently during colder months, don’t shy away from using an SPF spray.
Year Round Tips for Protection
No matter what day of the year it is, styling your hair with heat tools never goes out of season. If you blow dry or curl your hair, hairstylist Colton Linton recommends protecting your hair color with a color-safe thermal protectant spray.
“Thermal styling is one of the number one causes of faded color and breakage on pre-lightened hair,” Linton said. “If you tend to go to sleep with wet hair and style with a curling iron or flat iron in the morning, spray the thermal protectant into your hair the night before while your hair is still wet. This way, when you hit it with heat in the morning, you’ve got the primer in your hair already.”
In any season, heat and dryness are two factors that cause your hair to lose its pretty color, so to keep that from happening—moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
No matter the temperature, caring for your color-treated hair is a workable year-round venture. Keep the seasonal hair damage to a minimum by using these preventative measures, and enjoy your vibrant color a little longer.