Get the Look: Healthy Summer Hair Color

Keep colored strands healthy with tips and tricks from the pros.

Beauty // Johnie Gall // 06/11/12
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Model Lily Aldridge is a fan of one of summer's top hair color trends: Ombré

Healthy red hair color by Rossano Ferretti (photo courtesy of Rossano Ferretti Hairspa)

The front entrance of Rossano Ferretti Hairspa Beverly Hills

The waiting area of Rossano Ferretti Hairspa Beverly Hills

Summer is all about letting your hair down, but all that sun and salt can wreak havoc on healthy strands. So how do you maintain sun-kissed blonde highlights or vibrant red color with all those elements working against you? To find out, we went to the pros at Rossano Ferretti Hairspa in Beverly Hills.

Tucked away between luxury stores and some of the city's finest restaurants, it comes as no surprise the salon, now one year old at its Los Angeles location, is a favorite among celebrities like Emmy Rossum, who can duck into the VIP loft of the salon through a private parking lot behind the building. Those entering through the front entrance are greeted by sophisticated gray and black walls, a sparkling chandelier and sleek, antique-inspired furniture. The highlight for many color-devotees tired of staring at themselves for hours while in the chair? A long table well-stocked with magazines—and no mirrors.

It's here where colorists like Tamar Abramowitz are trained in natural-looking color methods like freehand, bayalage and patchwork. "Bayalage basically means we hand paint the highlights onto the hair," she explains. "There are no messy foils involved and the end result is a more natural look."

The most popular color trend this summer? "It's the return of ombré!" says Abramowitz. "Everyone still loves that gradual fade from dark to light hair. It's an easy look to maintain and doesn't damage new hair growth as much, so it's perfect for summer."

Even if you're a color virgin, hair still needs special care in the summer. According to senior hair stylist Christina Serafini (who has worked in salons everywhere from Italy to New York to Miami), healthy hair seekers should invest in nourishing shampoos and conditioners and get their hair professionally trimmed every six to eight weeks. As for deep conditioners, there's no need to limit yourself. "Use a hair masque at least once a week," he suggests, "You can use it more often but your hair will feel heavy, which some people don't like in the heat."

Both Abramowitz and Serafini suggest laying off the hot tools in humid weather, but if you must straighten...cheat! "Sometimes when it's really hot and my hair is kind of crazy, I just blow dry the top and front sections. They lay nicely and the natural hair underneath gives you tons of body!"

What are your tips for healthy summer hair color? Tell us below!

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