already know you need extra help or you would not be here. However,
if you have just causually landed on this page it is alway worth
knowing what the dangers are of too much of a good thing!
in the hair for more than 15min after a swim will start to do
damage and a simple rinse under the shower or an ordinary shampoo
is not enough to remove it. You will need a specialised shampoo
for swimmers that will remove the chemicals and nourish your hair.
Work through our Diagnosis section to find out what the latest
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Chlorine in the
hair also has the habit of picking up copper sulphate and turning
your hair swimmers green! If this has happened to you, you will
need a purifying shampoo to help remove the offending green tone.
If it is very green try adding a little tomato ketchup to the
shampoo and working it over the green area. This works because
the red colourant neutralizes the green colour. Don't be tempted
to use the pure colourant though, as you will then have both pink
and green to deal with! Old copper pipes can also give your hair
a green hue, the treatment is the same.
If at all concerned visit your salon
and have a consultation on what your options are, the specialist
purifying shampoos and treatments you find at the salon tend to
be slightly stronger and a professional application always helps.
Oscar Cullinan’s best tips on how to care for you hair during summer…
In summer it is really important to care for your hair because of all the natural elements drying it out and causing damage. T he things you need to think about are adding back moisture and creating protection from the sun, wind and salt water.
Oscar Cullinan advises the best way to keep your hair in top condition is to have regular salon treatments and regular trims to keep your hair strong and healthy, as well as keep it free from split raggedy ends and to minimise breakages.
At home you should use a leave-in conditioner to keep it protected all day long, Oscar recommends Schwarzkopf Bonacure because its light-weight and won’t leave your hair oily even with fine hair, just comb a small amount through your hair while it is still damp and before you blowdry. Leave-in conditioners are also great to take to the beach and add to your hair once you have finished swimming so that you stop your hair from drying out, just comb it through and tie your hair back into a plait for the best results.
For great protection Oscar also recommends to use AVEDA Light Elements Finishing Gloss (rrp $44.95) which includes: conditioning elements, vitamin E to protect against the environmental elements and has a natural UV filter. It can be used on either wet hair before you style, or add to dry hair for extra shine and tame stubborn fly-aways.
Another favourite of Oscar Cullinan’s is AVEDA Damage Control (rrp $49.95) which is a great product for protecting against the thermal heat from hairdryers and UV damage, it is a light-weight spritz suitable for all hair types, can be used on wet or dry hair and its key ingredient is camomile which help’s prevent breakages.
O'Sullivan and Keith Hennel, from N.O.K. Hairdressers Sydney, term it the 3 big
S's (Summer, Swimming and Sunshine) all taking their toll on your
hair leaving your colour faded or tarnished and lacking in moisture.
several ways to avoid this happening or minimize the effects of
the 3 S's.
going into the sun or swimming apply Goldwell's Vivecap Screen.
It contains green tea extracts, UV filters and aqua protection
from salt and chlorine essential for coloured hair to stop fade".
Replace shampoo and conditioner help retain the moisture levels
in your hair. Also the KMS Silker 2in1 leave in conditioning cream
is excellent and can be used at any time".
rejuvenation and conditioning post holiday, use Goldwell's Colour
Soft Mousse's, which can be brought from NOK or other leading
salons. 15 min on the hair does miracles for colour faded hair.
Also post holiday be sure to get your ends trimmed as they will
have taken a beating from the sun, chlorine and salt water which
can lead to split ends".
" If your
swimming in chlorine a lot, be sure to shampoo your hair after
swimming with an appropriate chlorine removing shampoo such as
Goldwell's demineralising shampoo or KMS's Clarifying shampoo
and reconstructor. They will remove the damaging chemicals that
cause dryness and colour fade".
Refer to our
for more info about protecting your colour when swimming and in
The general rule is always
try to protect your hair if exposing it to harsh conditions by
using one of a host of suncare products
designed to act like a sunscreen for hair. You may even find that
the products you are using contain UV filters. If all else fails
get a hat!