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- If this has happened to you, Unilever stylist Cynthia Alvarez shares some expert advice on what causes “brassy” hair and how to treat it
After the summer, with visits to the beach or the pool, your hair has had extensive exposure to the sun. And if you have blonde dyed hair, you may have noticed that your color could have changed to a yellow or orange shade, we call that "brassy hair".
If this has happened to you, Unilever stylist Cynthia Alvarez shares some expert advice on what causes “brassy” hair and how to treat it
Brassy hair? During the summer months, our hair is exposed to so much! From strong UV light, sweat, and summer activities like swimming, it's easy for your tips to get damaged and worse to get "Brassy." If you have naturally darker hair that is painted lighter, you are already more susceptible to having your hair change to "brassy" over time than someone who is blonde and wants to go lighter. It is also important to remember that too much exposure to chlorine often damages hair by drying it, changing it to another color. If you are swimming often, my advice is to wear a bathing cap. Brassy hair can also be caused by too much exposure to the sun and ocean water.
Minimize the heat: After the harsh summer months, the hair needs a lot of hydration. That means you must decrease any heat applied to it. The most obvious step to take is to reduce heat by styling your hair. * PRO TIP: Another place to reduce heat is in the shower. The heat of the water strips your hair of its natural oils and leaves the hair cuticles open, allowing moisture to drift from the hair shaft. Although hot showers sound great at the end of a long day, hot water can damage the health of your hair over time. Shampoo with lukewarm water and rinse the conditioner with cold water to seal in moisture.
Shampoo less: We often make the mistake of shampooing our hair every day. I understand that we want to avoid that greasy hair look, but this is a great NO for blonde hair and trust me, there are other solutions! First of all, you should only wash your hair a maximum of 3 times a week. For those days that don't wash, I recommend using Dove Care Between Washes Invisible Dry Shampoo to add extra volume to your hair. Formulated for all hair types and colors: Its weightless formula works to instantly absorb product build-up and oils, leaving hair looking fresh and ready for the day. * PRO TIP:Make sure you don't spray too close to the roots - the can must be at least 8-12 inches away from the root - or it will have the adverse effect!