How to Keep Your Hair Color Vibrant in Summer

Summer is a season full of sunshine, beach days, and outdoor adventures. While these activities are great for the soul, they can be tough on your hair, especially if it’s color-treated. The combination of sun exposure, chlorine, and saltwater can lead to faded and dull hair color. At Carl Michael Salon, we understand the importance of maintaining vibrant hair color throughout the summer. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to keep your hair color looking fresh and vibrant all season long.

Protect Your Hair from the Sun

One of the primary culprits for faded hair color is sun exposure. The UV rays from the sun can break down the chemical bonds in hair dye, leading to fading and dryness. Here are some tips to protect your hair from the sun:

  1. Wear a Hat: A wide-brimmed hat not only protects your face from the sun but also shields your hair from direct sunlight. This is a simple and stylish way to keep your hair color intact.

  2. Use UV Protection Sprays: Invest in hair products that contain UV filters. These sprays create a protective barrier against the sun’s harmful rays. Look for products like the Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12 which is highly recommended for sun protection.

  3. Seek Shade: Whenever possible, stay in the shade during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). This not only protects your hair but also your skin from harmful UV rays.

Hydrate Your Hair

Summer heat can lead to dehydration, not just for your body but for your hair as well. Dry hair is more prone to color fading, so keeping your hair well-hydrated is crucial.

  1. Deep Conditioning Treatments: Incorporate weekly deep conditioning treatments into your hair care routine. These treatments provide intense moisture and help to lock in your hair color. We recommend the Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense for a boost of hydration.

  2. Leave-In Conditioners: Use a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair hydrated throughout the day. Products like the Mizani 25 Miracle Milk offer great protection and hydration.

  3. Drink Water: Hydration starts from within. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.

Protect Your Hair from Chlorine and Saltwater

Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but chlorine and saltwater can wreak havoc on your hair color. Here’s how to protect your hair:

  1. Rinse Before Swimming: Wet your hair with fresh water before diving into the pool or ocean. This helps reduce the amount of chlorine or saltwater your hair absorbs.

  2. Use a Swim Cap: For ultimate protection, wear a swim cap. It may not be the most stylish option, but it’s highly effective in keeping your hair color vibrant.

  3. Post-Swim Rinse: Rinse your hair immediately after swimming to remove any chlorine or saltwater. Follow up with a clarifying shampoo like the Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Clarifying Shampoo to eliminate any lingering chemicals.

Choose Color-Safe Hair Products

Using the right hair care products is essential for maintaining vibrant hair color. Opt for products specifically designed for color-treated hair.

  1. Sulfate-Free Shampoos and Conditioners: Sulfates can strip hair of its natural oils and color. Use sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners like the Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo and Conditioner to preserve your color.

  2. Color-Depositing Conditioners: These conditioners contain pigments that can help refresh your hair color between salon visits. The Kérastase Reflection Fondant Chromatique is a great option for maintaining vibrant hues.

  3. Heat Protectants: If you use heat styling tools, always apply a heat protectant to prevent color fading and damage. The Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again is excellent for protecting your hair from heat.

Schedule Regular Touch-Ups

Even with the best care, hair color can fade over time. Regular salon visits are essential to keep your color looking fresh.

  1. Root Touch-Ups: Schedule regular root touch-ups to maintain a consistent color. This is especially important for those with a significant contrast between their natural hair color and dyed hair.

  2. Gloss Treatments: A gloss treatment can revive dull and faded hair color, adding shine and vibrancy. At Carl Michael Salon, we offer gloss treatments that can enhance and prolong your hair color.

  3. Trim Regularly: Regular trims help to remove split ends and keep your hair looking healthy, which in turn helps maintain vibrant color.

Embrace Hair Masks and Treatments

Incorporate hair masks and treatments into your routine to give your hair the extra care it needs during the summer.

  1. Protein Treatments: Strengthen your hair with protein treatments to prevent breakage and color loss. The Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus is a salon favorite for restoring hair strength.

  2. DIY Masks: If you prefer natural remedies, try DIY hair masks using ingredients like avocado, honey, and coconut oil. These masks can provide deep hydration and nourishment.


Keeping your hair color vibrant during the summer requires a combination of protection, hydration, and regular maintenance. By following these tips and using the right products, you can enjoy the sunny season without compromising on your hair color. At Carl Michael Salon, we’re here to help you achieve and maintain your best hair color all year round. Schedule your next appointment with us and let our expert stylists take care of your summer hair needs.

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