Summer is the time to enjoy the lighter side of life from BBQ’s, beach days, pedicures and strappy sandals, and if you’re one that likes to change your hair with the changing seasons, it’s also the time to enjoy the lighter side of hair color. But keep in mind that lightening your hair color can cause damage without proper caution and care. Follow these tips to get the blonde you crave, without compromising the health of your hair.

Treat Yourself

Now is the time to pretreat your hair with conditioning treatments to get it in its best shape for the actual hair coloring appointment. Use a protein rich deep conditioner 1 to 2 times a week to strengthen and repair your hair. Paul Mitchell’s Hair Repair Treatment helps to restore elasticity, rebuild the hair cuticle and revives shine. To amp it up, apply conditioner and use a blow-dryer on low heat to open the cuticle of your hair. Apply a plastic processing cap, cover it with a scarf to hold in the heat, and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes for maximum absorption. Rinse your hair thoroughly and allow it to air dry.

Quench Your Thirst

In between conditioning treatments, use a quality moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Kenra Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner is just the combo to rehydrate your hair with its gentle formula rich in pantheon and wheat protein. You can keep your hair moisturized with other products like leave-in conditioners, and nutrient rich shine enhancers like, argan oil. You can also benefit from your hair’s natural oils by ditching daily shampoos, and opting to wash hair every 2 to 4 days or only when needed.

Beat the Heat

Summer is all about the heat, but your hair doesn’t need to suffer. Use a spray-on sun protectant like Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist, on your hair before you soak up the sun to protect your mane from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Also, be sure to use a thermal protectant spray, creme, or gel, before using any heat tool for the hot summer style without the sizzle.

Take it Easy

Consult with your hair stylist about the best way to achieve the hair color you want. It may be a better idea to get there in several steps (and several salon visits) instead of lightening up all at once. Communicate to your stylist, that while you want lighter hair, you also want to maintain your hair’s integrity. Also, depending on your hair’s history, your stylist may be able to achieve lighter hair without resorting to a harsh bleach. Together you can come up with a plan for achieving your desired color, but keep in mind, that doing it the healthy way, may mean the longer way.

Make the Cut

You love your long locks, but remember, to keep hair healthy and vibrant looking, it’s important to get trims regularly. Most pros recommend trimming a quarter inch every three months. If it’s been a while since your last trim, and your ends are frayed, you may need to sacrifice some length in order to get the lighter locks you long for. Just like the need to discard pilled, faded clothing, sometimes you have to say bye-bye to hair that’s seen better days. Everyone’s different, so see what your hair stylist recommends, and get trims regularly to keep your hair in its best shape.

You don’t have to compromise on healthy, shiny hair to get the gorgeous blonde look that you crave this summer. By taking some extra steps, you can lighten-up without the side effects of dull, damaged, lifeless hair. From fun in the sun, to the bombshell blonde you love, here’s to the lighter side of summer!

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