At this time of the summer, it is not uncommon for color-treated hair to become brassy, especially if you are blonde. If you too have noticed that your hair is looking a bit on the orange side, we found these great tips from an interview Marie Claire
did with Rita Hazan, the celebrity colorist behind Beyoncé’s beautiful golden hair. Here are a few of her suggestions:
Avoid The Sun
The sun is one of the biggest reasons your hair gets brassy in the summer. "Sun and pollution can cause hair to go brassy and oxidize. UV rays do the same to your hair as they do to your skin. It gets dehydrated and loses its vitamins and nutrients, then you lose the pigment," says Hazan.
The solution is simple—always use a UV protector when you are out in the sun, and make sure to re-apply it if you are in the sun for a while, or if you go for a dip in the pool. Also, wear a sun hat whenever you can!
Stay Away From Sulfates
Shampoos with sulfates are harsh on the hair and can cause color fading. Look for sulfate-free shampoos. If the shampoo label doesn’t specifically call out that it is sulfate-free, look for: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES).
Remove Chlorine From Your Water
Depending on where you live, the chlorine levels in your tap water may be causing color loss. An easy solution: buy a showerhead with a filter.
Consider A Color Change
It just might be time to change your hair color. “If your hair gets brassy [too often], go one shade darker because it means your hair is not capable of being that light," says Hazan.
For the complete interview with Rita Hazan, including product recommendations, check out Marie Claire.