Ocean water has high salt content, it is osmotic, so it leaches water out of your hair. The result? Dry, parched and brittle locks.
After a day at the beach, strands become dull, tangled, rough feeling and can be hard to comb or brush out. If you have color in your hair, salt water damage would give it a very hard texture.
Once you shampoo your hair, you may even notice that it takes longer to blow-dry or you may have problems getting your locks to curl or hold a style. In its worst form, salt water damage causes the ends of the hair to split, and breakage can begin.
To prevent salt water from damaging your strands, take these recommended steps before and after you leave the beach.
- Leave-in conditioner is a must to keep the hair moist and soft, and to make it harder for the salt water to damage the hair. Look for a spray formula that you can toss in your beach bag and re-apply throughout the day.
- To help protect your scalp from UV rays, use a protective hair cream or leave-in containing SPF over your hair and on your part. Another simple yet effective method is to saturate a Q-tip with sunscreen and apply it directly to the part line.
- Ditch the styling products: before going to the beach make sure you have no gels, hairsprays, or other harsh styling agents in your hair.
- Condition before you comb. Never attempt to comb your hair without a leave-in conditioner after being out in beach water. Condition it, then comb through it and try to let it air dry if you can.
- When it comes to drying your hair, try to do it naturally by letting it air dry. One trick is after a wash, put it in a bun with a little conditioner left in it. A few hours later, take it down, and the result should be soft, wavy hair that is a little moist.
- Hair dryers should be a last resort when you’re at the beach to save your hair from the extra heat.
- Use coconut oil – on your TIPS ONLY. Coconut oil is a great, all- around beauty product. Rub about a dime size amount between your hands for a few seconds, and then rub it through the ends of your hair. If you have a normal-oily scalp, be sure to stay away from the roots! You can do this before and after the beach.
- Use bobby pins if you can! They don’t break your hair like rubber-bands do, and when hair is a little drier at the beach, this is super important. They are cheap and there are endless styling creations you can make with them.