Hair Care

By Jamie Costello

Whether your hair is color-treated or not, everyone should protect their tresses from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Luckily, thanks to all the women that DO color their hair, there are a myriad of fabulous options to prevent your hue from fading and your locks from drying out at the beach and the pool.

Frédéric Fekkai Sun Bandana

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This oil-free, heat-activated invisible shield seals, strengthens, protects AND conditions. This product is specifically designed to be applied before sun exposure and especially before you go in the pool, to protect hair color from fading. It should also be applied after sun and chlorine exposure. Fekkai’s Sun Bandana features an innovative sun-protection technology called Solarshield™, developed by Frédéric Fekkai, which combats the effects of UV rays and pollutants on the hair all while moisturizing. Available at www.sephora.com.

Aveda Color Conserve Sun Protector

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This leave-in conditioning foam extends the vibrancy of color treated hair. With the aroma of organic rose geranium from South Africa, grapefruit, peppermint and lavender, this product not only calms the senses but also contains plant-based emollients that condition and smooth cuticles to lock in hair color while increasing silkiness and shine. Natural conditioners and sunscreens help prevent hair color fading, by protecting your hair from the damaging effects of sun, water and environmental aggressors. Available at www.aveda.com

Oscar Blandi Capri Sun-Shield Spray

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Oscar Blandi, inspired by the Italian island of Capri (where life is lived outdoors – “al fresco” ) this invisible sun hair shield helps to defend against sun and chlorine damage. This spray uses UV inhibitors to protect your hair color from fading and oxidizing all while adding shine and moisture to work against the drying effects of the sun and chlorine. Available at www.sephora.com.

Kerastase Soleil GELÉE AQUA-PROOF

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A transparent protective gel for sun-exposed hair, this “wetsuit” repels water from the cuticle surface, preventing the migration of free radicals in your locks. When you use this gel product, with a fixable light hold, your hair will instantly be protected from water additives such as salt and chlorine. Available at www.kerastase-usa.com.

Originally published July 2007
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