Many people believe that the benefits of living near the beach far outweigh the disadvantages. After all, who doesn’t love sun-kissed highlights, superb texture, and fabulous waves? However, what about the drawbacks?
Salty ocean water can dehydrate hair, causing it to turn stringy and dry, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun can fade hair color. Saltwater also swells the cuticle, making hair look dull and damaged. Since ocean water can also irritate the scalp, it can lead to redness or breakouts.
You need to have proper hair care when you head out to the beach. Here are four hair care tips for your next holiday adventure on the beach:
1. Rinse Your Hair in Cool Water
Rinse your hair with cool water when you get out of the ocean or the pool. This will help to close your cuticles and seal in moisture. The cool water will also close your hair cuticles, making your hair look healthier, shinier, and smoother.
Try to avoid rinsing your hair in hot water. Even if washing the salt and sand from your hair feels blissful, the water’s heat will dry it out more.
Also, make sure you’re keeping your hair well-moistened. One tip is to mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil into your conditioner. That’ll also help protect your hair from the water and make it smell great.
2. Use Good-Quality Hair Products with UV Protection
Remember that washed hair is exposed to the sun and wind, which dries it out. So washing your hair too often will just make this more noticeable. It’s hard to avoid not washing your hair daily, even multiple times during the day if you’re out on vacation by the beach, or island hopping, perhaps. So, what’s the solution?
If hair washing is unavoidable, only use cold, tepid water to rinse your hair, then apply extra moisturizer after the bath. Use gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner with UV protection, essential during the summer months.
If you’re planning on being out in the sun, spray your scalp and hair with sunscreen or leave-in spray or conditioner with UV protection. This can be as important as protecting your skin. Picking an SPF high enough to protect your scalp and hair from damaging rays and leave it manageable even after sun exposure.
3. Add Protection Through Your Outfit
It’s also a great idea to wear a wide-brimmed hat while in the sun. This protects not only your scalp but also your face, shoulders, and neck too. Keep it on when you’re outside to protect your hair, so you need not wash it as often.
You can also wear a swimmer’s cap for better protection or try organic oils such as virgin coconut oil or argan oil before swimming. These oils can keep your hair tangle-free and protect it and the scalp from the sun, salt, and chlorine.
4. Protect Your Hair from Heat
Avoid using a hairdryer, curler, or straightener at the beach since it can aggravate hair damage and breakage. Instead of using a hairdryer, if you can, try using a combination of a round brush while air drying your hair.
If you really want waves, curls, or volume and a blow dryer is the only way, apply heat only to the mid-lengths to the tips. However, a curling or flat iron on your hair can dry it out, causing breakage. Opt for hairstyles that can hide the tips of your hair to avoid split ends, like nicely-braided hair for a girly, beach-vibe look.
We hope you find these hair care tips useful for your holiday on the beach. Keep them in mind the next time you’re heading out of the door for your beach holiday. Even if you’re not on holiday right now, try them out before your next beach day. We’re sure you’ll love the results.
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