May 17, 2010

Hair & Hair Color Challenge #12

HCC Email/Question


Dear Hair Color Corner
I recently had knee surgery and swimming is my physio therapy 3x a week, I presently have an all over blonde hair color with a few lighter high lights on the top of my hair shoulder length, my challenge is ever since I started swimming in chlorinated pool I began to notice my hair color has been turning not green but more of a yellowish flat tone and have tried several protective products for chlorine, to date nothing is working and my hair is becoming dryer and dryer. I do wear a cap and have tried wearing a conditioner underneath on my hairdressers suggestion but it still gets wet , I feel like my hair looks like a broom worried it will break off do you have any suggestions or advice to help me with this challenge
Megan .

One of the most common challenges as long as I can remember has been chlorine and blonde hair colors which are the main victims because anything and everything depositing on to the hair is more visible then say a brunette because it is a light shade. The yellowish flat cast you are seeing is what we call mustard tone that starts turning greenish, not so pretty but typical and accompanied by dehydration (dryness) and possibly breakage. What I often do when I have a client with this challenge is start them on a regiment that I call Swimmers Hair, which not only involves the correct shampoo/conditioner, treatment ect but beginning with the hair color first.

First there is no doubt in my opinion that all hair colors especially blondes after the actual color service should have a Gloss, Glaze, a colorless semi-permanent which will add a clear coating onto the hair locking in the hair color like a topcoat on nails which can and does protect impurities depositing on the hair like chlorine as well as mineral deposits from our actual pluming or water systems. Second after each visit to the pool I recommend immediate shampooing allowing no time for the chlorine to sit or dry into the hair, taking with you a detoxifying shampoo wash rinse then taking a spray bottle with plan old white vinegar spray the hair with ample amount comb hair leave it in for 5 minutes then rinse out followed by conditioner, the next day I have my clients washing and conditioning their hair with color protective products.

As for using a cap it is one of the best and only things to use, I suggest applying a conditioner all over the hair use a plastic baggy or cellophane wrap then for a better grip lightly apply a bit more conditioner on the actual plastic pop on the cap, this way the swimming cap won’t move. There are a few extra steps that one needs to take when you swim in pools and are a blonde just keep in mind it’s worth it for your hair, pocket book, and sanity.
My Reccomanded Products

Aveda; Gloss /Deposit Only Color Treatment, Sun Care Masque, Color Conserve Shampoo & Conditioner, Detoxifier/ Sun Care Hair Cleanser , Spary Bottle & White Vinegar

32 comments:

  1. Great Post & info , I love the combination of products

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  2. vinegar makes perfect sense, i'm going to use all of your suggestions ;]

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  3. I feel the pools are putting in more chlorine ,, sometimes ccaee a green cast of brunettes who swim,, TY for the ideas

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  4. when i was a kid my grandmother used to put straight lemon juice on our heads after swimming in the pool, so the white vinegar does the same thing, except not dry out the hair as lemons

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  5. Nothing out there works as well as aveda, love the vinegar idea x)

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  6. Great Post!!! love the new info

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  7. aveda's semi-permanent is the best , the colorless rocks! and so do you hcc xo

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  8. great post! got my hcc fix without disappointment yet again,, thx for product insight

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  9. the dreaded green hair, the cap info and vinegar idea is brilliant

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  10. One of the newest and best summer hair care systems is Aveda, great post!

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  11. I think MMegan should look for a Aveda concept salon near her, and get that white vinegar thing going.

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  12. Incredible how much info you give in your posts , thank you

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  13. love it! and I know any suggestions or tricks you post work,xo

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  14. condition ontop of a plastic bag then cap
    thats so smart, great posting

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  15. I also love the damage remedy shampoo & conditioner,, for that extra nourishing to the hair

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  16. great post! and the best shampoo conditioner for color treated hair is aveda's color conserve with the most incredible aroma

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  17. your know how's hcc is amazing,, love your blog and posts

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  18. cool suggestions,, i will recommend them all to my clients,,, ps. aveda sun care is fantastic!!!

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  19. I have heard how vinegar is good for the hair ,, so i will try it since I am blonde

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  20. the other day i had a guest come in with greenish cast , yes she had been swimming in a pool,, so I took the suncare shampoo with a drop of activator left it on for 15 minutes and then shampooed it off all signes of the green cast was gone ,, but to prevent it this information is wonderful.
    You are the master xo

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  21. wonderful post to share with us all,, great info :)

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  22. great Information and suggestions, I will so do this thanks xo

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  23. Super Cool info from the best!!!

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  24. your info is always brilliiant,, i so appreciate your blog, it' one of the best

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  25. I find cottage water does the same thing to light hair, so I will be making these recommendations to my clients, thank you

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  26. HCC you are a great source of tricks, keep them coming you are my hero!!!!!

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  27. fantastic info!!!! great product combo's, there is nothing like AVEDA.

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  28. I absolutely will not use anything else other than aveda hair color or products, except of course the vinegar trick *wink*

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  29. using the aveda masque is a great idea, cause i would imagine 3 times a week using the viegar might make the hair drier.

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  30. Thx HCC! going to get my blondes to get clear glosses, and some serious haircare

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  31. Great challenge post, love your way's hcc xo

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  32. if a person that is in pools doesn't take good care of their hair with the right products and system, might as well go for a brush cut cause it will break off

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