Swimming in pools and in the ocean are the great joys of summer in our opinion, but can leave your hair dry and spent. While sea salt is a wonderful mineral and ingredient for your hair in small doses, like in our Sea Salt Hair Spray, continuous exposure to ocean water can wreak havoc on your hair, and damage hair cuticles. Here are a few tips for enjoying the pool and beach without over-exposing yourself to the elements.
Use Hair Oil to Coat Your Locks Before Swimming
How can you protect your hair if you’re a frequent swimmer? Water and oil! (Yes, they mix in this case). Completely soaking your hair to fill it will fresh water before jumping in a chlorinated pool or salt water is a tried and true swimmer's trick. For extra protection, douse your wet hair in a natural oil like our Mermaid Hair Oil. The oil will lessen the contact chlorine and salt water make with your hair. Oil will also protect against the drying effects of the sun. A few drops will go a long way to softer, less frizzy hair.
Wash It Out
This seems simple, but sometimes we've been known to lounge around with chlorine and salt water in our hair, or don't even wash until the next day. Once in a while this is fine, but a summer of chlorine and salt water soaking into your hair will definitely cause damage and dryness. Use a shampoo with plant-based surfactants like coco glucoside to remove any oil you've used for protection and to thoroughly remove irritants and salt from your hair.
That same oil you used before your dip, you can use again to make your conditioner into a deep-conditioning treatment. Add just a drop or two to a rich, natural butter-based conditioner, like our Sea Shine Conditioner with Shea & Sea Minerals. Coat just the ends of your hair (the oil may be too rich for roots depending on your hair type) and leave in for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Keeping hydrated is so important every day, but even more so when it’s 90 degrees and sunny. If you do nothing else for the health of your hair and skin, drink tons of water.
Quit Heat Styling for the Summer
Summer is for undone, easy-going hair so put down those styling tools! The extra heat will compound with exposure to the elements and make for some serious damage so give your curling and straightening iron the summer off.
Shop our Extend Your Style Hair Styling Kit to protect your hair and put down the heat styling products!