Sun and sand is great and all, but the combination of UV rays and salty water (and chlorine, if you’re a pool-goer) can leave your hair drier than the desert. With swimming season (finally) here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ways to treat your tresses this summer.
From pre-treatments to masks, there’s a little something for everyone. So the next time you’re at the beach, be sure to set aside some time afterwards to do a little damage control, because those sun-bleached strands just don’t look as good when they’re punctuated by an (unintentional) shade of aqua and split ends.
Don’t Go Green
Frequent dips into a chlorinated pool can add an unwelcome green tinge to blonde hair. While we love the technicolor hair trend, we’d prefer to have a choice in the matter and pool chemicals and salt can eventually leave hair damaged beyond repair. To prevent your hair from sucking up that nasty color, soak it with fresh water before you jump in. This allows your hair to absorb the non-chlorinated water first, making it better able to resist the chemicals. If your hair has already taken on an unwelcome shade of aqua, don’t fret, just make a paste of baking soda and water, comb it through, and wash as normal. Want the waves without the beach? Check out our surf spray DIY!
On the Splits
Split ends are caused by any number of factors — incorrect brushing, sunny days at the beach, and towel drying to name a few — and while there’s no way to “fix” a split end (it’s split, after all, done-zo), they can be prevented. Counteract the sun’s drying effect on hair by treating it once a week with a mask, and always rinse and condition after you swim. There are plenty of store-bought hair masks out there, but we prefer the home made variety. Already a victim to the splits? Pay a visit to your stylist and have your ends trimmed off, regular maintenance will prevent them from becoming a larger problem.
You Saw the Sun
Just as the sun can damage your skin, those UV rays can seriously damage your hair as well. To prevent drying out your strands any further, wash your hair only every couple of days (try a dry shampoo between washes) and go easy on the blow dryer and hot tools, opting instead for some creative braids or a chic ponytail. Get some shade when you’re on the shore by donning a wide-brim hat — like the Coastal Clearing Hat, shown above — which will work double duty by shielding your head and keeping the sun off your face and shoulders. And always wear your SPF — you protect your skin and the same should go for your hair. Get your hands on some products that shield your strands from harmful UV rays, you’ll not only be caring for your hair, but also protecting your scalp.
The Great Hydration
Image via A Beautiful Mess
It goes without saying that, especially in the summer, you should be drinking a lot of water. This not only prevents against dehydration, but will also help to keep your hair and skin healthy and hydrated. We love an ice cold glass of water, but also like to switch things up a bit with herb and fruit-infused H2O. While you’re at it, pile your plate with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, not only are they delicious and in-season, but the extra nutrients will help to strengthen your strands.
+ How do you keep your hair protected and pretty in the summer? Tell us in the comments!