PureOlogy ColourMax Spray: Sunscreen for Your Hair

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I usually spend a lot of time outside in the summer, running up and down hills and bumping Jay-Z on my iPod. When my knees are functioning (sigh!), it breaks down to an hour or two in the sun at least every other day.


While I’m consistent about applying sunscreen before leaving the house for a run, I haven’t been as mindful when it comes to protecting my hair from sun damage. That summer sun gets hot, ya’ll. It’ll fade highlights in no time, so I’ve been on the lookout for products to protect my long, highlighted hair.

I found PureOlogy ColourMax ($18), a spray that protects against UVA and UVB radiation and prevents color fading.

About a half an hour before going for a run, I’ll spray ColourMax onto the sun-exposed parts of my hair from roots to ends, brushing it through. It smells a little like roses.

According to PureOlogy, the spray works to prevent color fading by some kind of nano technology. Hmm… I don’t know about that, but it does help to keep my hair from getting tangled and adds a little extra shine. The company also claims the product is 100% vegan and not tested on animals (I guess nanites don’t count).

I’ve been using it on my runs for about two weeks now (since returning from Hawaii) and haven’t noticed any fading of my caramel highlights in that time. I wish I had brought it with me to the islands because, over the short time I was there, I did notice some fading.

The real test will come after I get my roots done next month. I’ll keep you updated.

More Hair Products with UV Protection

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, consider using a hair product with UV protection. In addition to bleaching the color out of your hair, UV chemically breaks down the keratin proteins in hair, drying it out and making it more likely to break.

Sun or no sun, there will be no running outside for yours truly today. My bum knee is feeling much better now (thanks to your well wishes and loads of ice), but it doesn’t feel strong enough to attempt a run. Looks like I’m forced to continue relaxing at home. πŸ™‚

Last night I did a whole lotta nothing from the comfort of the couch and watched a random sample of late-night 90’s movie fair. First, I watched American Pie, which I hadn’t seen in years (since band camp), and the second was Rounders. I forgot how much I liked Rounders. You can’t really go wrong with Ed Norton, Matt Damon and John Malcovich all in the same movie.

How’s your weekend coming along? Do you have any plans for today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Dao says:

    I remember Redken also has a similar product. The sun does fade your hair really fast, a lesson I learned in Florida. After a month or two, my really nice coppery toned hair turned brassy. So I just stopped coloring my hair altogether πŸ˜€

  2. Briana says:

    This is one of my favourite products from pureology! My stylist recommended it for my trip to hawaii when i got my color done two months ago. I use it every day, and two months and a sun & saltwater filled trip to hawaii later, my color still looks great!

  3. TUPRNUT says:

    I wish I knew these products existed when I used to lifeguard. My hair is naturally medium brown and I was bleach-blonde by the end of the summer. My hair was always fried.

    I may check out one of the more moderately priced ones next time I’m at Ulta.

    Glad to hear your knee is feeling a bit better!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    You’re lucky you have that option. I’ve got grey growin’ in (all my relatives on my dad’s side go grey early), and lighter highlights help hide it.

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Briana,

    Which island did you go to? I wish I had this product when I was there a two weeks ago.

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    Thanks, girl. It was feeling pretty good this afternoon so I did some vacuuming (can I just say I LOVE MY BISSELL?) and now that the house is clean all is well with the world. πŸ™‚

    I saw quite a few products on the Ulta website. Just enter the search term “hair uv” and a whole bunch will pop up. Right now the Re|center is on sale for 50% off online. πŸ™‚

  7. Briana says:

    Hi Karen,

    We went to Maui, I’ve been to Maui and Oahu both before this trip. I like both, but Oahu is a little too much city for me on a vacation.

    Just tonight I discovered the cheapest and easiest french manicure product! Sally Hansen French Manicure Pen. I dunno if you like the french manicure, or have already tried the product, but it is certainly worth checking out. I love it! So easy to use, and it looks great! I posted a whole shameless entry in my personal blog about it with pictures and everything.

  8. TUPRNUT says:

    “…and now that the house is clean all is well with the world”

    This is how I life my life. If my house is a mess, I’m a wreck and seriously cannot function. Have I told you about my love affair with vacuuming? It’s out of control. I asked for (and received) a vacuum for my 21st birthday πŸ™‚ It’s one of my favorite things to do and is a great stress reliever for me. Now, Grace has figured out how to get the vacuum out of the closet and plug it in. She’s still trying to figure out how the attachments work. It’s soo cute.

  9. Dao says:

    awwwww, so sorry to hear that. Yeah, highlighting does help. My dad uses henna on his hair. He told me he left it on for about 2hrs and when he rinsed off, he got blond highlights. If you can stand the smell and 2hrs then you should try. His blond highlights looked quite natural as I remember. And he has brownish hair so the highlights totally blend in πŸ˜€

  10. Angela says:

    I love Pureology products! It makes my hair color last twice as long. I swear by them….especially the hydrate shampoo and conditioner. They have a great glossing mist for flat irons too πŸ™‚

  11. Karen says:

    Hi Briana,

    I hear ya. Both islands have a very different vibe. Where did you stay when you were on Oahu? If you go up to the North Shore it’s a very different world in comparison to Waikiki.

    That pen sounds very cool. I like the look of French manicures but don’t have the talent to pull ’em off by myself, so I think I will try it.

    Have a great night!

  12. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    How cute, Grace is trying to help. πŸ™‚

    Would you believe that when I got home from work today, I did a quick five minute vacuuming job while I was cooking a snack? Vacuuming freaks unite! πŸ™‚

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    In the past I’ve helped my dad color his hair, LOL. That’s cool that your dad uses henna and has highlights. He sounds very hip. πŸ™‚

    I used to dye my hair, but now I totally don’t trust myself. I fried it a few years ago, and don’t want to risk ruining it again.

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Angela,

    I haven’t tried the hydrate products. They sound great though. What other things from the line do you like?

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