We all spend a lot of time and money to keep our hair looking fresh and stylish, but the summer elements can do a number to make it damaged and weak. Between the chlorine in pools to harmful UV rays, how can we protect our tresses?
Chlorine can dry out your hair like no other, but there are a couple zero cost options that I like to use before jumping in the pool. First, wet your hair before swimming. If you do this, your hair won’t be able to absorb the pool water as much. If you want an extra barrier between your hair and pool water, try applying a little olive oil or coconut oil to your hair as well. Then rinse your hair when you get out, so the chlorine won’t build up as much. Long hair can also get very tangly while swimming, so it’s best keep your hair pulled back or in a braid. This will help you brush through it later and prevent breakage.
Not only can chlorine damage hair, but the sun isn’t exactly kind either. The best way to protect your beautiful tresses is to cover it up! Hats are great in the summer to block UV rays from your face and hair. If you aren’t wearing a hat, be sure to apply a little sunscreen to the part of your hair. I know I’ve had some sunburns on my scalp that weren’t pleasant. You can also get hair products that have sun protection, which is great if you color your hair and don’t want it to lighten in the sun. Be sure to ask your stylist for their recommendations!