Are you headed over to the beach right now and can feel the beach euphoria taking over? With the sun shining at its earnest and the sound of the ocean ringing in my head, I am all set for the beach but is my hair ready for the havoc that will result from a day spent under the sun? I don’t think so.
As much as our love for beaches is infinite, the impact of sun, chlorine and salt water on hair always makes us cringe. To save you from this ordeal, we are bringing some easy ways to save your hair this beach season.
Read along, start making mental notes and thank us when your hair enjoys the beach as much as your body.
Use a Sulphate-Free, Moisturising Shampoo
Lather, rinse and repeat is the story of almost everyone’s shower. Several times a week, we indulge in the activity of shampooing our hair to start off fresh.
We are sure your shower caddy has really good products but for a beach trip, you need to look for a sulphate-free and moisturising shampoo that won’t dry your hair and weigh it down.
You can pick any sulphate-free shampoo that will smooth your strands and add flexibility to your hair. Why are we focusing on sulphate-free is because shampoos without sulphate maintain the natural oils of your hair and scalp, leaving your hair more moisturised which is ideal before going to the beach as it will save you from the effect of salty water and the heat of the sun.
Use a Deep Conditioner
Using a conditioner after shampoo is a given for most people but do you use a deep conditioner? You are probably wondering what’s the difference between the two so let me enlighten you.
A regular conditioner is a surface conditioner which you leave on your hair for 1-5 minutes and rinse it out. Deep conditioners, on the other hand, are supposed to be kept for at least 10-30 minutes and are thicker in consistency than a regular conditioner. They are supposed to be used once a week as they nourish your hair from the inside out and give it some much needed TLC.
Using a deep conditioner before your beach trip is highly recommended to protect your hair from the harsh elements of the ocean.
Use an Overnight Treatment
Nothing beats a good, relaxing overnight treatment for your hair – one that works wonders while you are fast asleep.
An overnight repair treatment before and after your beach trip can work wonders; it will strengthen, moisturise, and repair your hair while increasing its shine and lustre. This is all done while you are sleeping so you don’t need to fret over the nitty-gritty of a treatment.
Choose a treatment that is rich in natural ingredients, vitamins and anti-oxidants as the combination of these ingredients is bound to combat the unhealthy particles of an ocean environment.
Use Pre-Shampoo Weekly Treatments
If you have ignored your grandmother’s and mother’s constant plea to oil your hair then now is the time to rethink your actions.
Treating your hair and scalp with a light-weight and deeply nourishing oil before shampooing is by-far the most popular hair care technique – one which has been used for decades.
Naturally-infused oils will restore your hair’s health, body and give it a natural glow along with keeping your scalp healthy. Leave a pure oil or a combination of one in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour before your step in the shower to shampoo.
You can also apply it to your hair after it has been exposed to the beach to smooth the tangled strands and restore the moisture in the dried hair.
Use a Heat Protectant before Styling Your Hair
Planning on styling your hair before you hit the beach?
Don’t forget to use a heat protectant before exposing your hair to the heat of the styling tools. While the beach waves or perm curls look gorgeous in beach photos, frizzy and crunchy hair never make for flattering looks.
A good heat protectant should cut out the drying time, protect your hair from direct heat, reduce frizz while you style your hair and minimize any damage that you are causing it by exposing it to direct heat.
Use Best Quality Hair Tools
Regular beach trips call for regular styling.
While we are all up for a new hairstyle every day, what we don’t want by the end of the season is dull, lacklustre hair that has no health or shine to it whatsoever.
Hair products can help only so much – what you need alongside are good quality hair styling tools that cause the least damage to your hair as you expose them to constant heat.
Use quality hair tools with preferably tourmaline ceramic coating to reduce styling time and protect your hair from the heat.
Use a Sealant Serum
Just like you need a wax seal to make your letters look extravagant, similarly you need a serum to seal your hair style and give you a just-stepped-out-of-a-hair-salon look.
Serums are great to give your hair a smooth and sleek finish after they pull through a styling session. Your pick for the beach season should be a serum that reduces the impact of humid and warm weather on your hair which will eventually keep the frizz at bay. Make sure you pick a serum that can be applied on both dry and damp hair which will allow you to use it anytime during your day by the sea.
Use a Dry Shampoo
We have mentioned the wonders of a sulphate-free and deeply moisturising shampoo for your hair but what we also recommend is going easy on the shampoo.
If you shampoo your hair four days a week then bring it down to two. Between these days use a dry shampoo which will remove the grime and dirt from your hair, absorb the excess oil and refresh your hair and scalp – exactly what a shampoo but without the extra damage.
All you have to do is spray a dry shampoo on oily areas and roots, give it 30 seconds or so to settle, tousle your hair and you are good-to-go.