Summer seems to have arrived early with a few November heat waves and spectacular sunsets, the latter due in part to the dust and smoke from Australian fires.
When I was younger my hair was mousey blonde during winter, and then would naturally bleach itself under the sun over summer, thanks to swimming and sailing. During my 30s it turned white, and I certainly have no need to bleach it, but I have friends who regularly do.
Summer means more sunshine, dips in a pool and trips to the beach. This also means more exposure to the harsh rays of the sun which can damage bleached hair, causing the colour to fade and turn brassy.
We’ve compiled a top five tips list to help keep your bleached hair looking vibrant all summer long.
Firstly, it’s not chlorine that tints your hair green from a dip in the pool, its copper! Wash your hair under cold water before a swim to help saturate it and prevent your hair from absorbing copper from the pool.
Secondly bleach blonde hair can easily turn yellow if left unattended over time. The best way to combat this is by neutralising yellow and brassy tones. I suggest you try TONI&GUY Purple Shampoo and Conditioner which you can find at Countdown, New World, Pak’nSave and Farmers; suitable for blonde, grey and silver hair. They are enriched with violet pigments to not only neutralise yellow and orange tones, but also combat colour fade and dulling of bleached hair. With summer in full steam, a shampoo and conditioner combination like TONI&GUY’s can save many trips to a salon by protecting your hair from the harsh rays of the sun. The range has a ‘life-saving’ secret weapon full of pearl extract to boost vibrancy and shine, and keratins to keep bleached blonde locks smooth and in top condition.
Interestingly, this year’s big summer trend appears to be that smoky lilac look, highlighted by Pinterest who published results documenting a 1,077 per cent search increase for ‘lilac hair’ in 2019.
Our next tip is to go as long as possible in between hair washes. Over-washing can strip your hair of essential moisture and cause the colour to fade.
The fourth tip is to avoid using a hair straightener, blow dryer and curler where possible. Your hair becomes vulnerable from the bleaching process so try avoiding heat where you can! Why not rock your natural hair?
And lastly, if you’re touching up your grown-out bleach job, ask your stylist to leave the ends of your hair out of the foils. They’ve more likely reached their bleaching limit so if you over-bleach them they may break off.