How to protect chlorine from damaging your hair this summer, according to a celebrity hairstylist

Not only does summer wreak havoc on our skin (sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen), but the summer isn't great for our hair, either.  We hate to break it to you, but the afternoons spent at the beach and in the pool are probably killing your precious locks.

A big part of the damage comes from the sun itself: UVA radiation has been found to damage hair pigmentation and result in color loss, while UVB radiation is specifically responsible for the loss of keratin protein. The damage can be evident in everything from discoloration to split ends, brittle and fragile roots to thinning.

It's not just the sun, however, that's causing the ruination to your hair: Chlorine may be another reason for your frail strands. "Chlorine is one [factor] that can cause dry hair and also affect the color of your hair," explains celebrity hairstylist Joel Warren to AOL Lifestyle. 

While hats and protective sprays may be particularly useful in protecting your locks from this kind of destruction, there is a "simple solution" to preventing such breakage in the summer -- and it is Joel Warren-approved. 

"I recommend taking a spray bottle with clean water, add a little conditioner and drench your hair before going into a pool," he advises. "Hair is like fabric and absorbs liquid. With the clean water and conditioner, it will not absorb the pool's chlorinated water."

Warren suggests the Goldwell Kerasilk Color Cleansing Conditioner for pool days, noting that it was specifically created for color-treated hair, but it "cleanses gently" and works to "reduce color fading and protects the scalp."

Also a staple in the Hollywood stylist's beach bag? The Goldwell Kerasilk Revitalize Rebalancing Scalp Foundation, which preps your hair for any kind of pool day by "moisturizing the scalp for a stronger, natural protective layer."

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Margot Robbie in 2016

Margot Robbie this winter


"Margot’s hair gives her a modern interpretation of ‘Old Hollywood’ glamour. A much more linear line shows off her bone structure and the richer blonde brings out her beautiful blue eyes. The focus here is all cheek bones and eyes: Sleek, polished, beautiful."

Khloe Kardashian in 2015

Khloe Kardashian in 2017


"This gives Khloe a more sophisticated look. It’s strong with an edge but is still long enough to be sexy. The move away from the paler beige blond towards a more golden blonde softens the look and adds dimension complimenting her skin tone: Elegant and sophisticated."

Lucy Hale in 2011

Lucy Hale in 2018


"The change in Lucy Hale’s hair has taken her from a ‘sweet girl’ look to a sexier, edgier look. The shorter hair makes those beautiful eyes the star attraction.  The dark, rich color gives the look it’s strength whilst the textured ends give it its softness: Sexy, strong with edge."

Rachel McAdams in 2012

Rachel McAdams in 2016


"Rachel’s new look accentuates her neck line and the softness around the face, her cheekbones. This length makes her hair look fuller, more robust and the color is a warmer, golden tone. The warmer blond compliments her skin tone: Strong but still fun and flirty."

Bella Hadid in 2016

Bella Hadid in 2017


"The move away from long all one length gives more interest to Bella’s look and the center part allows the shorter style to frame her features perfectly. The rich brunette color works well for her skin tone and makes her eye color really pop: Classically beautiful."

Jenna Dewan in 2007

Jenna Dewan in 2018


"This length on Jenna is a real statement length. No hiding behind hair here, it really opens up her face. Her check bones prominently come to the fore and the deep, lush, rich brunette color intensifies her amazing green eyes. Sultry and stunning." 

Kim Kardashian in 2012

Kim Kardashian this summer


"Ever the hair chameleon, this look really compliments her jaw line, elongates her neck and accentuates her cheek bones. The rich color compliments her eye color perfectly because of the way it frames her face. The dichotomy of the deep, dark brown hair next to the whites of her eyes, makes the caramel in her eyes stand out: Rich, lustrous and bold." 


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