by Alexandra Samuel
photo by Serge BalkinThis weekend, I got a house in Fire Island with some friends and we parked ourself on the beach for a day and a half. I, of course, was OCD about sunscreen, but it was too windy for me to keep my (sun-protective) hat on. And yesterday I noticed my hair was totally looking dull and bleached out, even though I was rocking UV blockers in my hair. I have a feeling I'm not the only one dealing with sun-faded hair this summer, so I pulled together my three-step recovery plan to revive any girl's color, pronto.
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Ditch Buildup: Part of the reason hair color looks funky after a weekend away is the salt, chlorine and sand combo that builds up and literally sits on top of strands, weighing down the shaft and parching strands of dye. All you need is a great shampoo to get rid of a weekend's worth of crap, though. You can use a swim shampoo like Triswim Shampoo rids hair of chlorine, and saltwater, while hydrating with aloe. (Oh, and if you're blonde, this will take care of that greenish tint you may see post swim.) You can also rinse with a cup of apple cider vinegar after you shampoo, since it has acetic acid, a compound that also rids hair of buildup.
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Boost Your Color: Talk to your stylist about getting a little bit of your hair color (that's mixed at the salon) to add to your conditioner -- while a bit unconventional, it'll help boost your shade even after it fades. If your salon doesn't allow for it -- or you got your hair colored so long ago your colorist doesn't even remember your name -- look for a conditioner with color depositing pigments. It's like a gradual glow lotion for hair. I love Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum Conditioner, and have heard that gingers are obsesed with John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Conditioner, which also magnifies shine and renews softness.
Seal With a Glaze: Top your stands with a glaze like Ulta Ultimate Shine Luminous Clear Glaze a few times a week. It'll seal your strands cuticle to lock in color and add major shine that sun saps. Plus, Ulta also makes formulas that deposit red or brown pigments, if you want to skip the color-depositing conditioner step. The result? A shiny, lustrous mane -- pinkie swear.
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by Alexandra Samuel