Salt, sun, and chlorine are your hair’s worst enemies. Protect your hair from them with these easy and lifesaving hacks for Spring Break.
With Spring Break around the corner, we can’t wait to be at the beach, drinking a refreshing piña colada and hanging out with our friends. If that’s your plan, you’re probably planning everything beforehand, especially the amazing looks and styles you want to rock and show the world on your IG stories and photos. I know I’m doing that already; being as high maintenance as I tend to be, I always schedule an appointment with my hairdresser for some touch-ups to give me the perfect hair for my pics.
However, something I’ve learned the hard way is that it doesn’t matter how great you look, the beach can be a literal b**ch and undo all you got done at the salon. So, if you really want to keep your hair looking gorgeous and healthy, here are some tips to rock perfect beach hair without damaging it so much.
Treat your hair before leaving
Having some prior treatment is great, but if you’re going to dye it or do a more invasive procedure, you better do it at least a month before actually going to the beach. That way, you’ll let your hair rest and get stronger. Something that would really help before leaving is getting a haircut to get rid of split ends or damaged strands. Also, I'd recommend using a hydrating treatment beforehand, so your hair is in top shape to take the damage of a beach trip.
Don’t use electric tools
I know beach waves are a must for vacation looks, but there are other heatless ways to achieve them without having to use direct heat on your hair. Also, it’s highly recommended to leave your hair to air-dry instead of using a blow dryer. The weather conditions alone are enough to damage your hair, so don’t put it under more stress. If you want to style your hair a little bit, it’s best for you to apply some moisturizing cream or spray instead.
Don’t over-wash it
This is probably one of the most common mistakes we all do at the beach: over-wash our hair. This one is hard because, logically, we’d think we need to wash our hair thoroughly to get rid of the salt and all the components that can damage our hair, but you might actually be damaging it more since you’ll be also washing off all the natural oils it produces to stay healthy.
Use primer before going in the water
Hairs are like very thin sponges that absorb as much as they can. This can actually make them stretch more than their natural size and make them weaker, and thus, prone to breakage. If you add salt or chlorine to that equation, you’ll get drier and even weaker strands. To avoid that, you have to prime your hair before getting into the sea or a pool. There are many brands that sell amazing primers, but if you don’t want to spend that much, soaking your hair in oil (olive and coconut oils are the best). This way, your hair will absorb the oil while helping hydrate it, and prevents water from really getting in.
Get your hair wet with fresh water
If you don’t feel that sure about soaking your hair in oil, you can also get your hair wet with fresh water to fill the strands. Though it also helps, it won’t give you the extra protection and hydration oils or products can bring, but it will protect your hair a little.
Rinse your hair with clear water after swimming
So, we said you shouldn't over-wash your hair, which means not washing it with shampoo like a maniac. However, it is actually advisable to rinse your hair with clear water to get rid of as much salt or chlorine that might’ve gotten inside your locks. It will also help you wash your scalp and avoid dryness.
Protect your hair from the sun
If salt and chlorine are bad for your hair, the sun is public enemy number one. Logically, the heat and the sun’s UV rays can cause dryness on your hair and lead to breakage. Besides protecting it from salt and chlorine, it’s also important to keep your mane as far as possible from direct rays. You can wear a hat or a scarf, or you could also get a hair UV protector to reduce damage.
Do a treatment the day after
Last but not least, after a good day of fun at the beach, now it’s time for a thorough hair care routine. Before doing anything to your hair (and this should be something to follow back home), wash your entire body, leaving your hair for last. In this way, you’ll keep it from getting wet for a long time and help it absorb the products instead of just water. Also, before applying any shampoo, you should try a nice hydrating product. Once it has set, and you’ve washed it, now you can apply your regular shampoo. By doing this, you’ll be giving extra protection to your hair, so it can stand the next day.
This might sound like a lot of steps and work, but seriously, you’ll notice the difference immediately and you won’t need to worry about damaged hair when you go home.
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