Chlorine is known for leaving hair dry and dull. A swim cap can help significantly in protecting your hair from chlorine, but let’s face it, most of us aren’t willing to go to that length-at least not in public.
The alternative solution? After being in the pool, make a pit stop to the shower and wash your hair immediately, or at the very least rinse your hair thoroughly with tap water. Follow up with a good leave-in conditioner. I recommend our energize leave-in conditioner; it is our most popular product that you can buy from our online store at www.welkerrephreshed.com
True to its name, saltwater contains salt along with other minerals, like chloride and magnesium, which can rough up the cuticle layer and cause the hair shaft to swell and feel dry.
To minimize the damage from exposure to saltwater, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo as soon as you get home. Try one with a cushiony lather.
It’s important to avoid letting saltwater-drenched hair dry naturally in sunlight because it puts the already weakened hair at risk for a double dose of damage. Speaking of sunlight..
Too much sun exposure can be nearly as bad for hair as it is for skin. When sunlight hits hair, it immediately begins breaking down your hairs protective cuticle layer. As the sun exposure breaks down hair’s cuticle layer, it exposes the delicate inner portion of the hair, which is even more vulnerable to damage, including color loss. Such damage is especially noticeable in the case of dyed hair.
Time to go shopping for some cute summer hats! Wearing a hat to protect your hair from sunlight is certainly a smart option for days when you’ll be outdoors for an extended period of time; however we realize that not everyone is a hat person, and it is not always convenient for all situations. Thankfully, research has shown that using leave-on products with silicones can help limit the fading of hair dye due to sun exposure. So, slick a silicone serum or spray through your hair before hitting the beach.
SPF-Enhanced Hair Care
Ongoing sun exposure will gradually weaken your hair, allowing it to break more easily and leading to a change in texture from silky-smooth to dry and rough. Overall, hair becomes dry, frizzy, and generally a lot less manageable from the cascade of damage.
To combat this damage, try misting your hair with an alcohol-based spray-on sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater. Although it’s true that alcohol isn’t the best for hair, it evaporates quickly and keeps the active sunscreen ingredients from weighing hair down. Do this as the last step once your hair is styled, just like applying hairspray, and reapply throughout the day when you know you’ll be in the sun for long periods.
DIY Hair Rehab Treatments: DO or DON’T?
If you’ve dropped by Pinterest lately or skimmed through a beauty magazine, you’ve likely seen your fair share of DIY hair tips telling you to drench your locks in all kinds of food ingredients, including mayo, avocado, eggs, yogurt, and honey. While some of these can help moisturize hair to a minor degree, they don’t amount to the types of ingredients that are used in even the most basic haircare formulas today in terms of softening and smoothing dry/damaged hair. Factor in the unpleasant aroma + messy application and it’s easy to see why you’re better off sticking to your common conditioning treatments.
That said, we understand that sometimes you feel the need to try something different and change it up a bit so if you are adamant on trying a DIY hair treatment, opt for coconut oil. Not only is it rich in fatty acids to moisturize and help smooth damaged hair, it’s also less difficult to work with than other food-related hair treatments—plus it smells a whole lot better!
Apply the coconut oil to dry hair, but only to the ends. Avoid getting it any closer to your scalp or on the roots, because it will look really greasy. Leave it on overnight and put a towel over your pillow to avoid staining. In the morning, wash with your normal shampoo and conditioner, and you’re on your way to softer, smoother, shinier hair!