Since we’re in the season of going lighter, how to care for your blonde in the summer is a common concern. The sun and chlorine can have big impacts on lightened hair, especially if you’re not sure what to be on the lookout for.
Let’s start with the sun. The suns rays can actually damage your hair, so if you’re planning on being out in the sun a lot, it’s definitely in your best interest to shield it as much as you can. Hats and heat protectants are your best friend. Look for protectants that shield against uva and uvb rays. Oils can help for this too!
The sun can also lighten your hair gradually, which a common misconception for blondes is they think it can make their blonde brighter. Which is not necessarily false, but what the sun primarily does on blonde hair is lightening your toner out, which can reveal brassy, yellow tones. Again, keeping it covered as much as possible is best for this, with hats, braids, buns, heat protectant, leave in conditioners, etc. you will also want to invest in a purple shampoo or mask to help keep your tones neutralized.
Alright, let’s talk about chlorine. So chlorine can cause lightened hair to turn green due to the amounts of copper that’s in it. Chlorine causes the copper to oxidize (rust,) and the particles stick to the protein in your hair, leaving behind a green hue. This can be prevented, but since we’re not sure how much copper or chlorine is being put in the pool, it can also be inevitable in my opinion.
Simple things you can do is to avoid getting your hair wet as much as possible. But knowing that’s not always preferred, my biggest advice is to keep your hair as protected as possible. One way you can do that is to wear a swimming cap. You can also wet your hair with tap water, slather a heavier deep conditioning mask on your hair, braid it or bun it, and swim- then right after rinsing your hair in tap water again. This will help to keep your cuticle sealed down, not letting the chlorine absorb into your hair as much.
If you do get chlorine in your hair, don’t worry, it will come out! First thing is to avoid getting your hair wet until it does come all the way out first and foremost. The more chemical buildup on your hair, the harder it will be to get it out. Pick up a clarifying shampoo, and scrub it in your hair where it’s the most green and most of the time this is on the ends of your hair. Yes, it’s normally a big no-no to scrub shampoo in at your ends, but in order to get the green out, you gotta do whatcha gotta do! Sometimes you have to do this 2-3 times to really get it out. Just remember to replenish the hair with a good hydrating conditioner so it doesn’t feel super dry after.
Now I haven’t tried this yet so I’m not sure how well it works, but I have always heard tomato juice and ketchup can help counteract the green tone. If you happen to have either of those hanging around it Michu be worth it to try.
If you’ve tried clarifying a few times and tomato juice and still have no luck, call around to salons and see if they do chlorine removal treatments.
Wishing you all a blonde girl summer✌🏽💋