Using the right hair products can help to protect your hair from summertime and beach stresses, keeping it looking its best. While everyone loves the natural highlights and great texture of beach hair, the effects of sun, wind, and salt can also do damage, making hair look dry, faded, and frizzy. Here are a few products that you shouldn’t go to the beach (or the pool) without.
Just because you’ve got sunscreen on your skin doesn’t mean you’re safe from UV rays. Both your hair and your scalp are still exposed. Many hair products that contain sunscreen are available. Try Aveda’s Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, about $26.00, or Phyto Plage L’Original Protective Beach Spray, about $22.00. Alterna’s Summer Hair Texturizing Spray will add to that thick, beach-y look and still provide sun protection for your hair.
Harsh beach conditions are enough to dry out the healthiest head of hair. Prepare for this by switching to a gentler, conditioning shampoo. Leave-in conditioners, such as Fekkai Limited Edition Marine Summer Beach Comber Leave-In Conditioner, about $23.00, will help protect hair on the spot. Spray leave-in conditioners on hair before going in the water. Summer is also a good time to use deep conditioning treatments as well. Try Garnier Fructis’s Sleek & Shine Instant Melting Conditioner, about $4.00, or Aveda’s Sun Care After Sun Hair Masque, about $26.00. While conditioning, wrap hair in a towel to help conditioner penetrate.
For Colored Hair
Colored hair needs extra TLC on the beach. Use shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated to preserve your color. Using conditioning treatments like Marie Robinson Salon’s ColoristCure before you hit the beach will help prevent fading. Sprays like Redken’s Color Extend Sun Solar Screen Spray, about $12.00, will protect your scalp, your hair, and its color. Rinse and shampoo your hair as soon as possible after swimming with products like Pureology’s Essential Repair Shampoo, which is gentle and contains sunscreen.