Summer time, summer time! It’s going to be here before we know it, and with the start of summer comes the start in being outdoors and in water more often. The outdoors, and water is really a few of the amazing parts about the summer season. While they’re enjoyable and relaxing to spend time in, they’re not exactly relaxing for your hair. Unfortunately, the summer time is great on our state-of-mind but our hair doesn’t feel the same way. Before you worry you can’t enjoy the water this summer, we’ve got you covered with a few tips to protect your hair from chlorine and salt water. Happy swimming!
Get Your Hair Wet, First
Sounds odd, huh? Experts suggest getting your hair wet with fresh water before you jump into salt water, or water that’s filled with chlorine. It’s said that when your hair is already wet from fresh water it doesn’t absorb the salt/chlorine as much as dry hair does since it’s already wet. While it doesn’t keep your hair from completely absorbing these elements, it definitely helps to add some level of protection to your hair.
Apply A Leave-In Conditioner, After
Once you get out of the water, you’re going to want to add some moisture to your hair. Both salt and chlorine tend to cause hair to become dry when left on the hair for an extended period of time. Experts suggest that a way to fight that without needing to take a shower right away (because we know you want to enjoy the beach/pool/etc), you can add instant moisture into your hair by applying a leave-in conditioner once you get out of the water, for protection benefits. You’ll get bonus points if you opt for a leave-in conditioner that has SPF built in! Adding moisture to your hair right after you get out of the water helps to keep your hair from becoming too dry and damaged from the salt or chlorine.
Rinse As Soon As Possible
The leave-in conditioner is essential if you’re not able to rinse/shower shortly after you get out of the chlorine/salt water. However, that doesn’t mean you’re not going to want to rinse your hair as soon as possible. The leave-in conditioner helps to add moisture, but you still want to be sure that you’re rinsing your hair and getting all the chlorine/salt out of your hair as soon as you’re able to. This helps to get those elements out of your hair and prevent them from causing any additional dryness to your hair.
Drink A Lot of Water
Sounds irrelevant, right? Unfortunately, many people tend to slip on their water intake when they’re swimming and outdoors. Remember just because you’re IN water doesn’t mean your body is getting enough water internally. Drinking a lot of water (more than your average day, since you’re outside) is going to help keep your hair hydrated, moisturized and healthy. When we skip water our hair is lacking hydration, and not able to protect itself naturally as well.