How to Protect Your Hair at the Pool

Summertime Chicago or Jet-setting to pool parties, it's time to enjoy some pool time. Pool time though should be a relaxing, stress-free activity but it can be pretty harsh on your hair. These simple steps will help you have a care-free time at the pool knowing your hair will be in good shape.

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PREGAME

No, not like that, but before you get in the pool prep your hair with a simple soak. Hair is like a sponge, and if it's pre-filled with non-chlorinated water then there is less room in the hair for it to soak up chlorinated water.

 
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GET IT OUT

After your time in the pool, remove that chlorinated water from your hair. Leaving it in can damage, or alter your hair color. Use a good clarifying shampoo (we like Davines Detoxifying Scrub) to purify your hair and scalp.

 

QUENCH YOUR THIRST

Put back the moisture the chlorine will strip out. The Great Hydrator by Evo is a solid pick. Allow the moisture mask to sit, and replenish and condition your dehydrated locks.

 
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CAP IT OFF / FIX THE LAYOUT

Final notes here. A pool or shower cap is also a good addition to a pool routine. It may feel old school, but it will help block out some of the chlorinated water.

If you're planning to lay out and soak up some sun after a swim, remember that chlorine is a bleach. This mean that when it's in your hair and you sit in the sun you have direct heat on bleach which can be a dangerous recipe for your hair.

Blonde Care

It's the season of sunlight and that usually means we begin to see an increase in our blonding services. By creating highs, mediums, and lows in your hair color, whether it be natural or salon created, it helps create dimension and more interest in your hair. No matter if you're a traditional highlight fan or enjoy handcrafted balayage blonding, going lighter while safe guarding your hair's integrity is always the goal. Here we look at a simple regimen to help you have stronger, healthier, blonder hair.

Davines NouNou: Shampoo ($26), Conditioner ($30), and Hair Mask ($34).

Davines NouNou: Shampoo ($26), Conditioner ($30), and Hair Mask ($34).

PREPARE.

Preparing and caring for your blonde hair is important and the first place to start is with your shampoo and conditioner. The blonding process can remove vital moisture and essential protein from your hair, which is why replenishing these is so important. Our recommendation is NouNou by Davines. This Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hair Mask trio nourish hair by using Fiaschetto Tomatoes. Fiaschetto Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and Vitamin C, which restore, invigorate, and protect your hair.

Fanola No Yellow Shampoo ($42)

Fanola No Yellow Shampoo ($42)

TONE.

Hair naturally wants to pull warm. During the blonding process, clients will often comment "My hair pulls warm" and this isn't unplanned for, this is part of the science behind hair color. This is why depending on your color goals a shine treatment is used to achieve your look. At home, your hair may want to revert to a warm, yellow or golden blonde and if your desire is for a cooler tone, Fanola No Yellow will banish that unwanted brass. By utilizing a blue / violet pigment, this shampoo is able to counteract yellow or brassy tones (yes, complimentary colors like the color wheel from kindergarten) and leave you with a neutral or cooler tone. Let No Yellow sit for 5-7 minutes before rinsing to enjoy it to it's fullest impact.

Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector ($29.50)

Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector ($29.50)

BOND.

You may really want to push the envelope and enjoy multiple blonding services. Typically, layering applications of lightener on top of previously lightened hair isn't the safest for maintaining strong, healthy hair as the disulfide bonds that hold the hair together begin to break down.

Luckily, Olapex, a 3-step bond multiplier, can step in and act as an insurance policy. Olaplex can be added to any color or blonding service in the salon and features the first two steps as a color additive and wash house treatment to help prevent and restore hair damage. The third step is a Take Home treatment to be used once a week before shampooing and conditioning.

There you have it, a regimen and understanding of the best practices to maintain your blonde hair; Prepare, Tone, Bond. So no matter if you're simply looking for a little dimension or desire a full platinum style, there is a safe, healthy way to make your blonde hair dreams come true.