Switch up your color with a semi or demi-permanent shade
My lovely colorist James Corbett softened my red for the summer by migrating it from a more vibrant shade of Natural Instincts 16 Light Auburn to the lighter Golden Sienna. The transition was pretty seamless, since I already had a base of red in my hair, and you never want to go more than a couple of shades than your current locks for the best effects. Using non-permanent dye solutions also are less harsh on your hair’s composition than regular dyes and allow for a bit of a color boost without an over the top commitment.
Use a gloss or mask once per week
Schedule it after your trip to the beach or when your hair seems to be particularly dry, or really…whenever you can work it into your routine. Some of my favorites include the nice ‘n easy CC+ Color Seal Conditioner for redheads, Rita Hazan Ultimate Shine Red Gloss, and the Davines Minu Hair Mask for Coloured Hair.
Spritz on a hair veil while outside
You can cover up with a cap or scarf, but I don’t always remember to bring one, or feel in the mood to wear it. A hair veil is a protective barrier to keep the rays from penetrating your hair and scalp, and tend to be safe for us on colored hair. My all-time favorites include the Macademia Professional Endless Summer – Sun Shield Dry Oil Veil, the PHYTO Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil, or the Redken All-in-One Multi-Benefit Treatment.
Don’t forget to use styling products with heat protection
There are so many benefits to layering on a heat protecting spray as part of your routine, and there are a plethora of them to choose from. This is something that really should be done year ’round, but there’s no time like now to start a good habit. I’m partial to the Shu Uemera Straightforward Time-Saving Blow Dry Oil Spray, Pureology Colour Fanatic Spray, and the Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray by TRESemmé.
You can also give your hair a little DIY nourishment treat by make your own hair treatment!