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Four Pro Tips For Sun-Proofing Your Hair Color

By Klaudia Tirico / June 7, 2013

Not only does the sun wreak havoc on your skin and hair, it can turn your hair color extremely dull. Just like leaving a photo out in the sun can ruin the colors, it can do the same for your strands. So, taking precautionary measures before you hit the beach or pool is a must to ensure your color looks vibrant all summer long. 

Joel Warren, co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salon and L'Oreal Professionnel Haircolor Ambassador, gave us the scoop on what to do to ensure you hair is sun-proof before you step outside. Lucky for us, the tips are super-easy. Read on! 

1 - Before you cannonball into a chlorine-filled pool, Joel recommends saturating your strands in fresh water. This will allow your hair to absorb the least amount of chlorine as possible, making it less damaging on your strands. It's also best to wet (or wash) your hair right after you hop out of the pool to get all of the remaining chlorine out. 

2 - We usually skip a wash when we know we are scheduled for a hair color appointment, but Joel says this is not the best idea in the summer. We tend to sweat more often on hot days, and when hair color comes into contact with sweat it can oxidize it and cause premature fading. So, give your hair a nice shampoo before you go to the salon. It will benefit your color in the end. 

3- To keep your color protected, try L'Oreal Professionnel's Mythic Oil Colour Glow Oil. It's made with linseed oil, cranberry oil and UV filters to maintain radiance and ensure complete UV protection all day long. Try is as a pre-blowdry treatment for extra smoothness, or as a finishing product for shine. Joel suggests applying one to two pumps before going out in the sun. 

4- To keep the life of your hair color alive, Joel recommends swapping your existing shampoo and conditioner with color protecting formulas. L'Oreal Professionnel's INOA Color Care Collection features argan oil and green tea extract that treats your strands with antioxidants and protect your hair color's radiance and intensity. 

Thanks to Joel and L'Oreal Professionnel, your hair is officially ready to hit the sun!