10 Beach Hair Care Tips for Summer
Most of us can probably agree that the beach is the best place to be during the summer months. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly the best place for your hair. What with all the heat and humidity and all that. So if you’re planning to soak up some sun and frolic in the sand this summer, here are some beach hair care tips for you to try now:
1. Make use of hats.
You know those giant floppy hats you see women wearing at the beach all the time? Get yourself one of those (or any other hat, really) to help protect your hair from the heat and the sun’s vicious UV rays. And if your hair gets a little frizzy, the hat can help camouflage a bad hair day too.
2. Wash your hair less. And try co-washing.
Every time you shampoo, you remove some of your hair’s natural oils. Hair tends to get very dry at the beach, so try to skip the shampoo on some days and just use a dry shampoo to soak up oil instead. Also, ever heard of co-washing? It means washing your hair with conditioner–a special cleansing conditioner. This will give your hair the extra moisture boost it needs during those humid days at the beach.
3. Avoid blow-drying.
Instead of exposing your poor hair to even more heat, try to avoid blow-drying altogether and just allow it to air-dry.
4. Dry your hair with an old t-shirt.
Instead of using a towel, dry your hair with an old cotton t-shirt to avoid frizz. And be very gentle–just squeeze the water out. Don’t haphazardly muss it up!
5. Wear sunscreen… on your hair.
If possible, try to choose hair products that provide SPF protection. You could also try lightly spritzing some sunscreen spray directly on your tresses.
6. Ride the wave.
If your hair gets wavy at the beach, don’t fight it! Let your those gorgeous beach waves shine by allowing your hair to air-dry and scrunching it up with your fingers. You can also spritz some sea salt spray for a more defined wavy texture.
7. Keep a bottle of leave-in conditioner on hand.
Keep some leave-in conditioner in your beach bag, and apply to your hair whenever it starts feeling a little too dry.
8. Slather on conditioner and wear a ponytail or bun before going into the water.
If you have colored hair, the beach–and the swimming pool–aren’t the best places for you to be in. However, you can protect your color by slathering on some conditioner and putting your hair up in a ponytail or bun before taking the plunge. This will help protect your hair color from the effects of seawater and the chlorine from the pool.
9. Rinse hair with apple cider vinegar (for blondes).
Rinse wet hair with a mixture of ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water to get rid of that weird greenish hue your blonde hair usually gets when you go swimming. Also, you can wet your hair (in the shower) before going into the beach or the pool, as dry hair tends to be more susceptible to discoloration as it is more absorbent.
10. Use a wide-toothed comb–or your fingers.
Never use a brush at the beach… especially if you are prone to frizz. Just comb your fingers through your hair, or if you must, use a wide-toothed comb.