Yes, you read that right – water can damage your hair. Salt water that is. And chlorinated or otherwise chemically treated water.
Summer in San Diego can be a constant stream of pool parties and beach outings that can do some major damage to your hair if you’re not careful. You don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines, but you certainly don’t want water-damaged hair either.
Whether it’s a quick dip in a friend’s pool, or hitting the surf with your board, here are some tips for protecting your hair from water damage.
Wash It Out
Above all else don’t let salt or chlorinated water sit in your hair for a long period of time. One of the most important steps to prevent chemicals and minerals damage is to wash your hair with fresh water as soon as possible. The longer salt and chlorine stay in your hair the more dried out it will be. Scrub well with a quality shampoo to make sure you get all the salt and chemicals out.
Condition, Condition, Condition!
I can’t stress enough how important it is to condition your hair — especially for water damaged hair. Sea salt and chemicals like chlorine strip away the natural nutrients and oils that your body makes. Conditioning your hair will restore nutrients to keep your hair healthy while keeping splits ends away. If your summer includes a lot of water activities, you might consider a conditioner or a leave-in serum or cream specially formulated for preventing and restoring damage.
Take Your Vitamins
Vitamins like fish oil can help strengthen your hair. They’re another way to provide nutrients to help keep you — and your hair — healthy. This is especially important when you’re fighting the damaging effects of salt or chlorinated water. By taking vitamins you are pre-preparing your body to protect against water damage.
Keeping Things Healthy:
It may be tempting to just not worry about it, but the effects of salt or chlorinated water can be disastrous. Dry hair can lead to more split ends and even breakage. By just washing the salt or chemicals out you are taking a huge step towards keeping healthier hair. Taking vitamins and proper conditioning will just further that to give you a healthy sheen!
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