The essentials for a well-spent summer—salt, sun, and chlorine—are aaaalso pretty sure to fade and dry out hair color, whether it's your natural shade or a fresh dye job. To restore your hair to its formerly vibrant self (and to do it without breaking the bank), we've compiled advice from salon wizards and green beauty gurus on the best DIY ways to protect your hair at home.
"If you're swimming in chlorine too much and your hair—any shade—turns green, try using ketchup all over your strands to neutralize it. Warning: Very pale blondes may turn a little beige." —Marie Robinson, colorist at Marie Robinson Salon
"Once a week, do a rinse with a capful of apple cider vinegar mixed with three cups of warm water to seal in color." —famed colorist Aura Friedman
"Shampoo, then mix a half-cup of vodka with four cups of hot water and pour it over your hair, avoiding your eyes. This will help remove chlorine and mineral deposits. Plus, it also helps get rid of henna color." —Aura Friedman
"Get rid of chlorine buildup by mixing dish soap with baking soda to create a paste, then put it on the ends, which is usually where you get most of that green discoloration. Make sure to use a good conditioner afterward because this treatment leaves hair squeaky clean." —Zoe Wiepert, Bumble and Bumble Salon
"Mix raw eggs, olive oil, and vinegar into a hair mask, and keep it on for 30 minutes to help color shine." —Zoe Wiepert
"Salt water, like the sun, can brighten hair and also break it down and make it drier. Once a week, put coconut oil all over hair and sleep on it." —Zoe Wiepert
Brunettes can reverse natural fading during the summer by enhancing their color with a mask of cocoa powder, yogurt, honey, and apple cider vinegar applied after a shampoo. "Natural acids open the cellular doors to the pigmented molecules and make the results more pronounced." —Julie Gabriel, author of the Green Beauty Guide
To prevent fading from sun exposure for redheads, Gabriel also recommends creating a hair mask with blended carrots and berries (she says cranberries work best for brassy undertones). Mix the blended fruits and veggies into a paste of yogurt (it allows the natural ingredients to seep into hair) and honey (which locks in moisture) and apply to hair after a shampoo.
"Brew a pot of chamomile tea with a few drops of lavender oil, then add three tablespoons of honey and let it cool to a lukewarm temperature. Pour it over your hair and leave in for five minutes. The chamomile gives blondes a nice golden tone, while the honey makes hair super-shiny and the lavender oil soothes the scalp." —Victoria Hunter, Whittemore House Salon
Blondes and brunettes can prevent the brassy tint that they develop during summer months by mixing a pinch of grape Kool-aid into a large amount of shampoo before they wash their hair. "If you're a dark brunette, rinse your hair with grape Kool-Aid—the blue hue removes orange tones." ―Kyle White, Oscar Blandi Salon