Turn to natural oils and fruit extracts to keep your locks looking luscious when the weather warms up.
Virginia I. Pelley
4 of 5 | Color-treated hair
A hat offers great protection from color-fading sunlight, but let’s face it, you won’t always feel like wearing one when you’re outside. Without a physical barrier, it’s important to protect hair color from the sun, no matter what your shade.
“You’ll still need to tend to your color whether it’s darker or lighter than your natural one,” says Kari Hill, stylist and color expert at Méche Salon in Beverly Hills, Calif. “The sun will oxidize any color and fade it or make it brassy. It doesn’t matter how far from your natural shade it is.” The ends of super-dark hair can turn orange, and blond highlights could look overly bleachy if sun- faded, Howe adds. To protect color-treated hair when you’re out in the sun, use a spray containing SPF, O’Meara says.
“Color shampoos can also help keep dyed hair looking fresh,” Howe says. In addition to depositing color, some color shampoos can tone down brassiness, Hill adds.
1. Macadamia and sunflower oils in Aveda Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment ($26; aveda.com) protect color and boost moisture and shine.
2. TouchBack Plus Golden Blonde Shampoo ($30; touchbackplus.com) fights color fading and keeps hair looking glossy with a gentle formula containing chamomile, green tea and lemon peel extracts, and is free of ammonia, peroxide and sulfates.
3. L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare
Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray ($7; lorealparisusa.com) nourishes and conditions, and contains UV filters that protect hair from heat damage and color fading.