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WHAT TO BUY: Protecting and Perfecting Summer Hair

Now that it’s summertime, people are stepping up their beach game and going to the light side. Lightening your hair can be very damaging if you don’t take good care, especially when spending a lot of time catching waves and rays. While the ocean water can give us the perfect texture, and the UV rays enhance our highlights, it’s important to know how to take proper care of your hair during summer.We asked some of our industry’s best colorists for their advice on maintaining, protecting and moisturizing your beachy waves.

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KC Carhart, Ramirez Tran Salon, Beverly Hills CA @kccarhart

“The Davines alchemic conditioners are great for regular maintenance. ‘Golden’ is best to enhance those gold and honey toned blondes, and ‘Silver’ will help icy blondes stay on the cooler side and rid any unwanted yellow tones.” 

Davines Well-Being De Stress Lotion will put moisture back into the hair and protect from sun damage. It’s a great product to throw in your beach bag and have on hand when sunbathing.” 

“I recommend Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Masque to all my clients for regular conditioning treatments. It smells SO GOOD and it makes the hair super soft and silky.” 


Cara Craig, Suite Caroline Salon, SoHo NY @caralangcraig

“My recommendation for general maintenance is a good quality hydrating shampoo and conditioner like Oribe Gold Lust, backed up with a weekly hydrating treatment.” 

“When it comes to protection, remember the salt (in the water AND the air) can be drying, especially to lightened hair. I recommend applying a hydrating oil to your hair while you lay out in the sun! The sun makes it an instant treatment, and it protects your hair from the rays and the salt water. My top picks are Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender, PhytoPlage Protective Sun Oil (this is in a spray so easy to apply and great for short hair too), and Oribe Gold Nourishing Hair Oil. Apply your protective oil from mid length to ends of your hair (wet or dry) and relax in the sun all you want!” 

“If your hair is feeling especially crunchy after your time in the sun, give it some love with a weekly hydrating treatment. My favorites are Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Leonor Greyl Deep Conditioning Mask for Thick, Dry Hair. Finer haired blondies will love PhytoKeratine Ultra Repairing Mask.” 


Elizabeth Hiserodt, Cutler Salon, SoHo NY @elizahis

“All of my double processed and heavily-highlighted clients go home with Pureology’s Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. Pureology is perfect for color-treated hair since the entire line is sulfate-free and enhanced with sunflower oil, preserving and extending the life of my color services.”

Pureology Colour Fanatic 21 Spray is the perfect, lightweight leave-in conditioning spray ideal for thirsty, over-processed locks. Spray in towel-dried hair after the shower and detangle before styling as usual. Also, pop this bottle in your beach bag and apply before and after sun exposure to protect and nourish fragile hair.” 

“It’s imperative (especially for bleached hair) to nourish at least once a week with a deep masque. My favorite is Pureology Hydra-Whip Masque and I recommend using it as an overnight treatment to restore silkiness and shine to dry, porous hair.” 

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