Now that the Fourth of July has come and gone and the first tropical storm is being tracked, it is officially summer! In Florida, it is generally advised to prep and have supplies on hand for hurricane season. Canned food, water, batteries, etc. A hurricane kit, if you will. As cosmetologists, we advise some summer prep for you hair. Between the pool, sun, sand and surf, this season is particularly hard on them: don’t be a victim.

They say great hair doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment. You can protect the time and money you’ve invested your hair from all summer activities with a bit of forethought and aftercare. The best thing you can do to care for your color in the sun is to physically block it by wearing a hat. If you are a swimmer, especially a frequent one, you can protect the integrity of your hair by wetting it down BEFORE getting in the water and combing through a leave-in or moisture heavy conditioner. This will fill in the pores of your hair, lock in moisture and prevent the salt and chlorine from penetrating and drying it out as much as possible. After swimming, you should always wash, or rinse well and condition, your hair in the shower. A leave-in conditioner is always advised: your hair needs a moisturizer just as your skin does. We recommend Under the Sun, which is specifically formulated to protect and restore the hair in lieu of coastal elements. Stop in Bond Street for a complimentary treatment to try it out!

Now, despite foresight and preparation, things in life have been known to go awry. This is especially true for blondes when it comes to chlorinated water. If your find your color a bit off, maybe even a little green after a pool day, please remain calm. When you spend a lot of time in the pool, and this pool happens to be treated with both chlorine and copper, these elements can bond together and create a vague shade of green in your hair. As suggested above, to avoid things getting funky you should be washing your hair immediately after swimming. If you find yourself the victim of bonded chlorine and copper, try a clarifying shampoo at home. Clarifying should be enough to eliminate the film that bonds to the proteins of your hair when these elements intermingle. If clarifying a couple of times doesn’t work, please stay off of google and visit your salon for a Malibu treatment. Your stylist can pick a treatment for your specific treatment for your needs and remove the built up minerals from your hair.

Now that you’re armed with your summer prep kit, all that’s left to do is get out there and experience the world opening back up in the midst of beach wave season! Enjoy!

Laura Powers, 2021. Author retains ownership; reuse or reprint by permission only.

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