Summer Hair Care – Take the Plunge
5/1/2019 1:00:00 PM

Summer Hair

Spending time poolside or at the beach is one of the best things about summer. However, all those hours spend soaking up chlorine and salt water can cause hair to dry out and break, which leads to some serious frizz. Plus, pools can wreak havoc on light or colored hair, just ask any blonde who’s ever come away from the pool with sickly green locks. But summer doesn’t have to be a bummer for hair. Here are a few simple ways to keep hair looking great all summer long. 


The key to maintaining healthy hair even after swimming in chlorine and being blasted by the sun is to prep your hair before you go in the water. To start your pre-swimming routine, prep your hair with a tiny bit of coconut oil, focusing on the ends. The coconut oil forms a protective layer that works especially well for keeping salt from bleaching out hair color. 


And one good layer of protection deserves another! To further coat your strands, rinse hair with fresh water after applying the coconut oil but before you go into the pool or ocean. Coating hair with a layer of non-chlorinated fresh water will provide a barrier against those harsh pool chemicals or drying ocean salt.


Many of us throw hair into a ponytail before hitting the beach, but the best summer style for swimming is actually a braid. A braid keeps hair from getting tangled in the water, which can lead to breakage.


Post-swimming hair care is also important. After a day in the sun, you may just feel like spending the night vegging out on the couch, leaving locks to air dry. However ignoring hair that’s spent a day in the sun and water is a recipe for major damage later, including dryness, brittle ends, and frizziness. Luckily, aftercare doesn’t take too long and is pretty much exactly like prep.

Start by rinsing your hair with fresh water as soon as you’re done swimming. This will get all the chlorine and salt out. In pools or the ocean, chemicals and salt get in our hair and then the sun bakes them on, which can fade an expensive dye job. Rinsing quickly after leaving the water helps to combat the damage. 

It’s also a good idea to pack a leave-in conditioner in your beach bag. After rinsing hair, spray in a bit of leave-in conditioner and comb it through from roots to ends in order maintain soft tresses rather than sunburnt straw.  

Skip the brush!

Never go near wet hair with a conventional hairbrush. The best hair tool to use on wet hair is a wide-tooth comb. Wet hair is tangled hair, and the bristles of a regular hairbrush are much too harsh and cause breakage. Another great option is a wet brush with two tiers of soft plastic bristles that gently detangle without snagging. 

Even if you’re not the type to wear a swim cap, it’s still worth it to seriously consider investing in a cute summer hat to wear while hanging out poolside. Not only will it protect hair from getting fried by the sun, coupled with sunblock,  a wide-brimmed hat will also help to protect your face from a skin-damaging sunburn.

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