Summer is a great time to get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and let your hair down. Of course, you know it’s important to protect your skin from all that sun and heat, but did you know it’s important to protect your hair too?
In addition to potential sun damage, chlorine from pools and salt build-up from the ocean can really strip your hair of all the healthy natural oils and leave it dry, dull, and damaged.
Here’s what you need to know to keep your hair happy and healthy all summer long:
1. Protect and Prevent Against Sun Damage to Your Hair
Extended sun exposure can leave your hair dull and brittle. The brutal combination of UV rays and heat breaks down proteins in your hair, causing it to break and shed easier. Sunscreens are formulated for skin and will just leave your hair looking and feeling greasy, but there are other ways to protect your hair from sun damage!
Try wearing a hat when you plan to be outside for a long period of time and style your hair in a braid or low ponytail to keep it protected under your hat. Look for products and sprays that are formulated for hair and provide sun protection.
Don’t over-wash your hair - the natural oils coat the strands and protect them, so use a little dry shampoo instead and wash less frequently! If your hair is already damaged from past sun exposure, a hair mask is a great way to give it a refresh.
2. Keep Your Hair Happy in the Pool
Be sure to use a brush made for wet hair when combing through freshly washed locks, starting from the ends and working your way up.
If you really want to keep your hair safe from chlorine damage, wear it up and under a swim cap while in the pool. Your hair will thank you!
3. Protect Your Beachy Waves from the Beachy Waves
There’s nothing quite like a nice salt spray for adding texture and style to your hair, but be careful of too much of a good thing! Submerging your hair in salt water is very drying for your hair and can leave it knotty and super fragile.
Because salt water strips your hair of natural oils and moisture, a mix of the tips above can help you combat the dryness!
Don’t wash your hair right before swimming in the ocean, because the natural oils will slow the drying process. After taking a dip, rinse out the salt water and condition thoroughly.
Keep That Hair Up with PONY-O!
If you’re just relaxing in the pool or tossing a beach ball in the waves, a great way to protect your hair is to wear it up and out of the water! PONY-O is the perfect summertime hair accessory because it is waterproof, sweatproof, easy to use, completely non-damaging, and compatible with all hair types.
You can use it to style your hair in a high ponytail or top knot before swimming, and even if your hair gets wet, PONY-O won’t tug or pull on those fragile, wet locks like a traditional hair elastic would.
If you end up swimming with your hair down and won’t be able to wash it right away, PONY-O is a gentle way to put your hair up and protect it until you’re able to wash out the salt or chlorine and treat your hair with products.