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    By Regency Salon and Spa
    In: Blog

    How to Extend the Life of Your Hair Color This Summer

    We’re all anxious to get out of the house, and we’re thrilled that hair salons are open again! At the same time, though, we’re taking extra precautions about how often we go out and how we can stay safe. If you’ve just gotten your hair done (hooray!), you may be wondering how you can make your gorgeous new style last as long as possible so you can make the most of every salon visit.

    The bad news is that summer sun, pool water, and salty ocean water can all drain the color out of your hair. The good news, however, is that there are steps you can take to prevent that.

    Here are our top tips:

    1. Don’t wash every day. Yes, we said it. Shampooing every day can strip the oils out of your hair, along with your beautiful color. Try washing every other day instead. If your hair feels greasy, talk to your stylist about a dry shampoo than can freshen up your hair on days you don’t wash.
    2. Take a break from hot styling tools. Hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons – they all turn up the heat on your hair, and that’s a recipe for lackluster locks. This summer, try a cut that requires minimal heat styling. If your hair is long, experiment with ways you can wear it up to avoid blow-drying and ironing. If you love short hair, ask your stylist how to minimize heat when you style (or try a gorgeous pixie cut!).
    3. Use products designed for color-treated hair. Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely. Products intended for color-treated hair use special formulations designed to lock in color and protect the cuticle. Some also include UV protection so your color won’t fade in the sun. If yours doesn’t, consider adding a sunscreen spray to your styling routine.
    4. Wash your hair after you swim. Both chlorine from the pool and salt from the ocean can fade your color. Wash your hair after your swim, and use a good conditioner to keep it from drying out. Bonus tip: rinse your hair with cold water to close the cuticle and keep tresses glossy.
    5. Try a hair mask. Hair masks provide an extra surge of moisture to dry hair, and they can also help preserve your color. If you’re out in the sun a lot, use a mask at least once a week. Simply apply the mask after you shampoo, wait about five minutes, and then rinse out.
    6. Get a root touchup – No matter how well you care for your hair, it won’t be long before your roots start showing. You can disguise this for a little while by parting your hair a different way or changing up your style. When it’s just too much to hide, though, ask your stylist to do a root touchup. If your color is still good, this can be a great option for reducing costs without sacrificing your gorgeous look.

    Ready to head back out to the salon? We can’t wait to see you! Give us a call to book your appointment today!