Reader Q: How Can I Protect My Hair Color on Vacation?

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Reader Question: I’m going on vacation to the beaches of Sardinia. How can I protect my hair color from the sun and salt? – Christina

The Answer: Let’s face it: sun, salt water, and chlorine can do a number on your hair hue. When hitting the beach you’ll do yourself (and your colorist) a favor by taking a few simple precautions to keep your color looking fresh and bright. We went to New York-based Redken artist Summer Parham for her best fresh-color tips.

Tip 1: Wearing a hat or scarf is obviously the best protection, but it’s not the only one. If you have dark or red hues, “don’t head to the beach without using a UV protection spray,” says Parham. Try Alterna Summer Hair Sun-Kissed Mist, $20.

Tip 2: If you’re blonde, you’re in luck. Rich golden locks and ombre hair color all look better after time in the sun. It gives your hair a natural look to it.

Tip 3:  “When you wash, opt for a shampoo and conditioner with ceramides which is a natural protectant for the hair that creates a sealant on the outside, almost like a candy-shell around your hair,” adds Parham. Try Redken Color Extend Shampoo, $18 and Redken Color Extend Conditioner, $19

Tip 4: “When it comes to salt and chlorine, rinse with tap water before you swim so your hair sucks up fresh water and not the salt and pool chemicals,” advises Parham. For even more protection apply conditioner before you dive in too. Oh, and make sure to rinse after.

Tip 5: If your hair color does go wacky and needs some mending when you return from vacation, a simple hair glaze can fix up brassiness and faded color.

Do you prefer wearing a hat or product to protect your hair color?

Carrie Stern Kleiner


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