Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hitting The Beach or Pool This Weekend? Read These Tips First

If you are lucky, you will be frolicking in cool waters this weekend. There are tricks to keeping your hair at its beautiful, healthy best after a swim. Below find a collection of expert tips on how to protect your tresses while taking a dip.

From RealBeauty.com:

Hair soaks up chlorinated water like a sponge. The chlorine build up has a greenish cast which is visible on blondes and brunettes alike. To prevent his try "Saturating your hair with conditioner before hopping in the pool is your best defense against chlorine discoloration, but lazy girls who skip that step would fare well to rinse with a clarifying shampoo apr├Ęs swim to remove any hue-altering impurities."

From CBSnews.com:

"Make sure you carry a bottle of water with you so you can wet your hair throughout the day before jumping in for a swim — a big, water-filled spray bottle is a good option to throw in your beach tote."

From MarieClaire.com:

If you don't have a glamorous beach hat to protect your scalp, "prevent a sunburned scalp by combing a small palm full of white sunscreen (yellow formulas can tint pale hair) through your strands, starting at the roots."

From Afrospuffsandponytails.com

"Chlorine and salt water both dry, discolor, and damage hair. Chlorine binds to the hair, filling in gaps in the hair shaft. Mineral deposits in salt water make hair brassy and brittle. Both severely dehydrate hair. Imagine how these elements affect delicate, kinky/curly hair which tends to be much drier than straight hair... Follow up with a little club soda; it makes for a good post-pool rinse. I recommend wearing a swim cap as often as possible."

From the Birchbox Blog:

"After frolicking in the surf and sitting out in the sun, my hair can be left stripped and coarse. Also, given that the beach tends to be a pretty humid place, it’s important to tame frizz. I love the Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment because it restores shine and health and deals with frizz and fly-aways without being too heavy."

From RealBeauty.com

""When hair is very dry, the cuticle is open and strands feel rough—like a piece of Velcro," explains Michael Duenas, founder of Hair Room Service (a deluxe service that provides hairstyling house-calls to celebs). Use a deep conditioner with ingredients like Omega 7 and Vitamin C to hydrate hair."