Summer Hair Sunday: "Don't Get My Hair Wet!"
"Pooool paaartyyyy!! But don’t get my hair wet!" How many of us have heard, or better yet, used this phrase throughout the summer? Well not this year! This week I’ll be sharing some tips to keep those locs healthy and hydrated while you divas enjoy your swim.
Hair is like a sponge, which means it sucks up moisture whether it be good nourishing moisture of bad damaging moisture. This means that if you go for a swim in chlorine saturated water, your hair shafts will be filled with residual chlorine molecules. Our goal is to limit the amount of damaging moisture we allow into the hair. How?
- Allow your hair to soak up as much good moisture as possible.
Before stepping foot into the water, lather on some moisturizing conditioner. What this will do is saturate your hair shaft so that there is little to no room for the chlorine filled water to go; not to mention give you a great deep penetrating condition.
If you are working with color- treated hair, you may need to go a step further. While swimming, there is a high possibility that the sun will be very hot and the way that we protect our skin from the UV rays, we want to do the same for our hair.
To prep and protect from the sun, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with SPF. This will create a barrier between your hair and harmful rays. Then follow up with a thick hair mask right before you take your dive. Because color- treated hair is more porous than non color-treated hair, it is vital that you follow these steps in prolonging the health of your hair and the vibrancy of your color.
So this summer, I dare all of you marvelous divas to dive in. Leave the shower caps and head scarfs at home and show off those beautiful tresses! As always, if you have any questions that you would like answered, feel free to leave them in my inbox. (Link is above.) Until next Sunday! xx,