Sun and Sand Rx: Cures for Common Summer Hair Concerns

The sun is out and you want to play. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your hair for the summer. We’ve got the fixes for your most troublesome summer hair problems.

Dullness

The Culprit:
Seawater’s salt and other minerals zap shine by drying and roughening hair.

The Solution:
Always rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as you’re out of the ocean. The next time you’re at the salon, ask for a professional conditioning treatment. The service has protein and moisturizing ingredients to smooth hair, restoring shine.

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Green Hair

The Culprit:
It isn’t chlorine. Copper, a mineral in pool water, leaves that green tinge.

The Solution:
Before getting in the pool, apply a conditioner, such as Paul Mitchell The Conditioner, which will soak into strands, making them less able to absorb pool water. And, if you don’t mind the Olympic swim-team look, cover your hair with a swim cap. Post-swim, Paul Mitchell Clarifying Shampoo Three will help banish copper residue.

Orange Highlights

The Culprit:
Sunlight can react with dye, resulting in a brassy appearance.

The Solution:
A colorist can banish the brassiness, often by applying a blue or violet toner. (Don’t worry, your hair won’t turn purple. The violet color simply neutralizes the orange.)

Using the right shampoo and conditioner will aid in guarding your color-treated locks from the sun. Paul Mitchell Color Protect Daily Shampoo and Conditioner don't just moisturize—they contain a sunflower extract that provides excellent UV protection for your hair.

And don't forget, another great way to keep your hue true is by wearing a hat when you're out in the sun.

Fading

The Culprit:
Again, it’s those powerful ultraviolet rays.

The Solution:
A spritz or two of It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray helps guard against fading. And because some fading is inevitable, keep your locks looking fresh and glossy by heading to your colorist for a touch-up every four to six weeks.

And, like with the orange highlights issue, wearing a hat as much as possible when you're out-and-about will help keep your color looking vibrant. Plus, it'll protect your scalp and face from the sun's damaging and drying rays.

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