We all love to go to the beach and swim in the sea, the sun is shining, the warm breeze caressing our cheeks, the waves dripping down on us and making us run… Summer is cool, isn’t it? However, let’s get back to reality! We all love spending time in the water. But have you ever thought about what you could do with your hair? Today we will talk about sea water on hair, its benefits and harms, and how to protect it to keep it soft and silky after swimming?
Sea water on hair: effects
Have you ever wondered why your hair gets dry and brittle after swimming? And you struggle to manage it, but almost nothing works out? Well, for many types, sea water can be harmful to hair follicles and ends. The sea dries up our scalps and strips away the natural oils from it, making it very prone and dry to breakage.
Benefits of sea water on hair
Is sea water good for hair? Yes and no. But we will talk more about the benefits!
- If you have followed the No Poo movement, you must have heard that some people only wash their hair with sea water. So it only makes sense that your scalp is dirty and greasy. This is where sea water can help balance the situation.
- Excellent exfoliator and stimulates blood circulation in the scalp.
- It contains many vitamins such as potassium, magnesium and selenium.
- It has antifungal properties.
Sea water damage to hair
Sea water damages hair, yes! Here’s everything that salt water can do to your hair if you don’t take care of it:
- The split ends. Salt water damage causes split ends of hair. If you have treated or dyed your hair, know that the consequences will be much more serious. Not only will the texture of the hair change, but the color as well.
- severe dehydration Hair needs hydration to be resilient, shiny, and healthy. If you submerge them in salt water and leave them without rinsing, you will notice that they will become very brittle and dry. And all this due to its high salt content. Which strips your scalp of its natural oils, making hair follicles more brittle and prone to some hair loss.
- Twisted and frizzy tufts. Salt water can change shape. You might be thinking, “Wow! Beach waves!”. However, if you do not take care of it, you will notice that your hair will not be as smooth or curly as it was before.
Sun, sea water, wind, sand, rain, humidity, drought… all have effects on our appearance, most of the time negative. So, how do we protect it naturally and easily without becoming brittle, dry and splitting? We have prepared some useful ideas and tips for you to try the next time you go to the beach! Here’s how to protect your hair from sea water before swimming!
rinse (before and after)
Why rinse your hair before entering the water? Well, think of your hair like a sponge. sucks right away. So if you get in the water and dip your dry hair in it, the salt will penetrate the follicles. The same goes for the post-bathroom. Rinse well with clean water, preferably soft. If you have anything too dry, apply some conditioner and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
Hydration is important not only for health reasons, but also for the elasticity and luster of skin, hair and nails. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and use a hair mask regularly.
Wash with a generous amount of SPF to protect from the sun’s harmful rays. By the way, did you know that there are sunscreens designed specifically for mane? Do your research and buy one if you plan on spending hours in the sun! Your hair will thank you later.
Using heavy styling products
We all want to look flawless wherever we are, but leave gels and hairspray behind. The sun is scorching this year and damages your hair follicles more easily.