How to protect bleached blonde hair from saltwater and chlorine
A blonde’s guide to surviving summer
From regular trims to using a purple shampoo to prevent brassiness, those with lightened blonde hair know it takes a decent amount of effort to keep their hair healthy. “When you are blonde, you are using some sort of bleach to lighten the hair, and therefore your hair is at more risk of becoming damaged,” explains Cenk Akal, hairstylist at Edwards and Co. And this couldn’t be more true in summer, as you’re more likely to hit up the pool or take a dip in the ocean when the weather warms up, which can dry out your hair further and cause additional breakage. Here’s how to protect blonde hair from your damaging water activities this summer.
Apply a leave-in product
This simple step can help prolong the life of your colour. “Apply a strong leave-in moisturiser to act as a barrier between your hair and the water,” says Akal. Essentially, the treatment forms a protective coating that prevents your hair from soaking up the water (note: the salt and chemicals found in saltwater and chlorine can be harsh on hair and strip it of its natural oils. Regular water from your shower, however, is a lot more gentle). We recommend Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream, which also boosts hydration levels for medium to thick hair types.
Wash it out
Since chlorine and saltwater can dry out your hair, “after swimming, make sure you wash your hair immediately to avoid letting the chlorine or salt get in your hair,” says Akal. “If swimming is a part of your daily routine, then incorporating a clarifying shampoo into your hair regimen once a week will ensure you are not getting a build-up of chlorine or salt.” We like Sebastian Reset Shampoo as the formula is deep-cleansing, it leaves hair feeling lightweight and doesn’t strip strands of moisture.
Introduce a nourishing hair mask into your routine
A hair mask, used once a week, is vital for replenishing lost moisture and repairing damage. For those with lightened hair, look for formulas that offer strengthening properties to support the structure of weakened bleached strands. Akal recommends the following: “to keep your hair strong and hydrated, use a mask [once a week] or Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Home Treatment.”
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How do you protect your blonde hair from the damaging effects of the pool and ocean? Let us know in the comments below.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinot noir, she has a healthy obsession with fake tan smell, wispy false lashes and CND Shellac in the shade Romantique. Her words and styling can also be found in previous issues of SHOP Til You Drop, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health.