Both sea water and chlorine are damaging to the hair. Yet swimming (or splashing around on the edge) is one of the best parts of summer. I couldn´t give up the beach just for the sake of my hair (BTW I think that the sea totally knocks the socks of any swimming pool, it´s just so sensual. But a lot of people disagree). Here are my tips & tricks for keeping your hair protected while you frolic in the water.
- I spread a teaspoonful of oil between my palms, and coat the hair evenly. The oil forms a protective barrier from the salt or chlorine, lubricates the hair and prevents rubbing & damage, and keeps the hair from drying out too much in the sun. Right now I like a mixture of the light Jojoba oil and the moisturising extra virgin olive oil.
- Now you can put your hair in a bun on top of your head. This will keep it dry and prevent wet hair from rubbing and tangling. Cute swimming caps are great for the pool.
- If I plan to wet my head, I wet my hair in the shower before hitting the pool. This is because once the hair has absorbed the sweet water, it will have no space to absorb the chlorinated / salty water.
- A hat or a scarf will protect the hair if you are sitting in the sun for a long time.
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