One of the best things about summer is swimming outdoors. We know that protecting our skin is very important and that we need to use sun-screen. But what about your hair?
Chlorine, salt and sun can really damage your hair, drying it out and leaving it knotted and snarly. Unless you’re cool with plunking a rubber swimming cap on your head anytime you head to the water, try these tips to protect your hair
Hair needs sunscreen too. Despite being made of dead cells, hair does require UV protection, especially if you’re trying to preserve its color. The sun’s UV rays, combined with the heat, can actually make your hair color process further, turning it brassy.
Rather than slathering your hair in sunscreen, there are spray leave-in conditioners and styling sprays that have UV protection built in—and good news, your thermal protection spray may already have sun protection in it. Generously coat your hair with this stuff before laying out on the beach or by the pool, and rejoice in your sun-proof color!
Keep in mind that the hair soaks up whatever you put on it, especially porous hair that’s been bleached. If you fill it with good things or neutral things (like plain water) before going swimming, there won’t be any more room for it to absorb drying chlorine or salt water. Simply put a mixture of your regular hair conditioner (or hair oil) and water in a spray bottle to take with you to the beach or the pool and spray liberally before taking a dip.
Rather than shampooing before swimming, it does help to wash your hair with a bit of clarifying shampoo directly after swimming in a pool. The chlorine and other drying chemicals lingering in your hair will do more damage if left in, so removing it thoroughly will prevent that damage.