Like I say, I love beach vacations.
My hair, my hair really does not. It has a problem with the sun, especially after being cased in salt water…[…]
This means my hair feels less like hair and more like seaweed. To find out how to keep hair more human after a day at the beach I spoke to Dr. from The Private Clinic of Harley Street. She knows all about hair (and hair transplants too – but that’s another story). She told me a few things that every girl (and guy) needs to know about post beach hair care.[…]
Wash it off
His first tip to revive your hair after a day at the beach is simple. She says,“If you’ve spent a day at the beach and your hair has come into contact with sea water and sand, it’s important to wash it at the end of the day. If you go to sleep with dirty hair, over time this can clog the pores and prevent the hair from growing in the way it normally would.” And there’s no way we want our hair to stop growing!
After the pool
Dr. says, “If your hair is exposed to chlorinated water over long periods, it can cause the hair follicles to weaken and the hair to become brittle.”
She suggests wearing a swimming cap to protect your hair from chlorine, but as if already. No one wants to look like Patrick Stewart on vacation, (sorry Patrick) so instead make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly and wash with gentle products.
Curb the heat
She adds, “When it comes to washing your hair on holiday, use lukewarm water, rather than very hot water. This will prevent the build-up of further sweat and it will reduce the level of trauma that the hair endures due to heat.”
Dr. says, “If you’re exposed to the sun for long periods, try to remember to wear a hat, as well as wearing sunscreen on your ears and neck. Remember the sun is at its strongest between 11am-3pm so, where possible wear a hat during these hours.”
Don’t forget your SPF
I know I’m not your mother but I am passionate about beauty and sometimes that means doing the right thing, like reminding you about your sun block.
While you can’t put sunblock on your hair you can use it on your skin to prevent keratosis, which is, as Dr. says, “the most common condition resulting from skin damaged by the sun over many years.”