The Environment and Your Hair
You may not think that the environment can affect your hair, but it can. Air pollution, the exposure of the ozone layer—all can have an impact on the way your hair looks, feels and behaves. Couple this with seasonal changes including heat, humidity and extreme temperatures, and you get the idea.
Let’s talk about three ways you can protect yourself from most of the environment’s harmful elements—with UV protection, conditioning and treatment. These are your seasonal defense mechanisms for limiting environmental damage.
UV Protection: Your hair is more impacted by UV rays than you think. Just like your skin, it needs to be protected. Why? UVB and UVA rays can injure the outside or “cuticle” of the hair strand. This can lead to discoloration, extreme dryness and broken or split ends.
Suggestion: Make sure the products you use, particularly during the summer months, when the sun is high, contain UV protection. Here are two that will not only protect your hair—they’ll also make your color resistant to fading:
With an SP4 of 50, this leave-in product is perfect for Use a product like Redken Color Extend Rich Recovery Protective Treatment either daily or weekly to repel UVA/UVB rays and other environmental aggressors and to optimize color retention and durability. For a gentle, daily shampoo, use its partner product, Redken Color Extend Shampoo.
And of course, don’t forget your skin. Here’s a great product that lets you protect you from harmful rays: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster. It can be mixed right into your favorite foundation or moisturizer.
Daily Cleaning and Conditioning: Air pollution, pollen and dust—all can impact our bodies and perhaps most visibly, our hair. Not only can particles change the feel of our hair—it can also leave hair smelling less than lovely. That’s why cleaning your hair daily, if possible, with gentle and effective products is so important.
Suggestion: Your hair needs daily maintenance with gentle, moisturizing products. Especially if you color or otherwise treat your hair, it’s vital to secure shampoos and conditioners that are just as gentle as they are effective. Olaplex Bond Maintenance Shampoo #4 is formulated with Olaplex Bond Building chemistry and is designed to restore internal strength and moisture levels to add incredible shine and manageability. It’s also designed for all hair types. Finish your cleansing routine with Olaplex Bond Maintenance Conditioner #5—a terrific daily conditioning formulation that hydrates, restores and repairs hair without adding extra weight or dullness.
Hair Treatments: As the weather cools and the indoor heat turns on, your everyday environment can become drier and less humid. Over time, this dry heat can make our hair feel less resilient, brittle and prone to static electricity.
Suggestion: One of the best ways to keep hair moisturized and pliant during the colder months is to build a deep treatment into your weekly hair routine. Even if you shampoo and condition regularly, a deep treatment helps to nourish your hair and protect it from winter dryness. Our popular Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep Conditioning Mask can be used weekly to restore, protect and perfect your tresses. This proven formula helps to lock in moisture and restore hair’s health good looks. Pravana Nevo 60 Deep Treatment is another great choice—a weekly treatment that includes natural polymers to drive strength from quinoa, soy proteins and moisture from the “Drops of the Amazon” to the interior of the hair strand, rejuvenating hair from the inside out.
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