This post appeared on SPF Love almost 2 years ago to the day. I referenced it this evening when trying to remember the fix for fried, end of summer hair. One worth repeating…
I asked top NYC colorist and stylist, Scott Bond, of Bond Street Hair about caring for summer locks. Scott is an uber-talented hair professional with numerous TV shows, magazines and celebrities on his resume. I’m proud to call him my colorist for over 10 years, and a friend.
Sun, salt and chlorine can cause color to fade and leave hair extra dry. Here are some great tips to help battle the elements:
1. Rinse your hair with fresh water prior to going in the ocean or pool. This creates a barrier on the hair and leaves it less vulnerable to salt and chlorine damage. Apres swim, rinse again. Always keep a few extra bottles of water on hand.
2. Blondes (natural and bottle) have more of an issue with chlorine than any other color. Follow the rinse rule above and if color turns a bit green, wash with a clarifying shampoo once a week.
3. If your hair is colored red, fading always happens at a higher rate. This is due to the fact that the red color molecule is larger than that of any other color, so it sits on the outer layer of the cuticle, where it washes out or is compromised more quickly. You should therefore take extra precaution in the sun, keep it covered, wear a hat.
4. If your color is natural and/or your issue is dry, damaged hair, here is an au natural way to keep your hair protected and to keep moisture in: Brush a fair amount of olive oil through your hair before going to the beach/pool. The oil provides a barrier between the elements and your hair. Don’t worry, it completely washes out.
5. Don’t neglect the scalp. If you are not wearing a hat and are out on the water, say surfing, it’s wise to use an SPF on the scalp, especially the part. Look for an oil based SPF specifically for hair. The oil will penetrate hair to reach the scalp and pull double duty on creating that barrier on the actual hair to alleviate drying. The SPF will help to minimize fading as well but as with any sunscreen, needs to be reapplied. Scott recommends Phyto Plage Protective Beach Spray, $18
And Renee Furterer Huile Nutritive Oil KPF 90 (blocks 90% of UV rays), $21.
In a pinch? Just use your body sunscreen.
6. A natural treatment to bring shine back to dull, dry end-of-summer hair: apply apple cider vinegar, let sit for a few minutes and rinse with cold water. Don’t worry, the smell dissipates once your hair dries.
Scott and his partner, the late George Wilman, developed a great line of everyday products called Know Hair and Body. Each item is free of DEAs, Formaldehyde, Glycols, Parabens, PEGs, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrance or TEAs. All products are vegan and cruelty free. A must try!