Practical Tips On How You Can Have Water Safe Hair This Summer

1a11Before jumping in the water, unprotected, check out our top 6 tips to protecting your hair from chlorinated and salt water. These helpful tips will prevent you from spending fall, recovering from summer beaten hair.

5 TIPS TO HEALTHY SUMMER HAIR

1.  Coat your hair with conditioner – Always, Always wet, and coat your hair with a conditioner before entering into the water. The conditioner adds a protective layer on the hair, and wetting the hair before swimming minimizing the amount of chlorine or salt absorbed into the strand.

2. Wash your hair right after leaving the water –  Never let your hair dry with chlorine or salt water in it. This makes your hair very dry and brittle, and it will eventually cause breakage if it’s done excessively.

After you’re done swimming, rinse your hair thoroughly to remove chlorine or salt from your hair. This will minimize damage to your hair. You can also rinse several times in between dips in the pool to help minimize absorption of chlorine in the hair.

3. Shampoo with a clarifying or chelating shampoo – Always shampoo your hair with a shampoo that can remove chemicals such as chlorine  followed by a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Look for swimming shampoos, chelating shampoos or clarifying shampoos and make sure to finish up by using a leave-in conditioner.

4. Minimize heat use – If you’re planning to swim more than twice a week, cut down on the amount of heat used to style your hair, blow drying and flat ironing or curling only adds more stress to the hair. As an alternative, you can experiment with natural styles that don’t require heat.


5. Use products or oil with SPF –  Always use products that contain sunscreen to protect your hair from the UV Rays. Make sure you read the label well to determine how much protection you are actually getting before making the purchase.

Bonus Hair Care Tip

Did you know that your hair is weakest when it’s wet? Whenever your hair is wet, the salt and hydrogen bonds are broken, which makes the hair easier to damage.

The “salt bond” is responsible for the elasticity (the ability for hair to stretch and return without breaking) and the strength of hair, while the “hydrogen bond” allows the hair to change shape with the aid of water (drying naturally, roller sets, twists, or bantu knots)

This is why having the right tools is imperative when styling your hair. Always remember to comb your hair from ends to scalp when detangling your hair; it prevents unnecessary shedding or breakage.

To ensure you minimize the damaging affects of chlorine on your hair, consult a hair care professional; they will prescribe the right products for your hair type and situation.

Originally posted 2014-06-30 15:00:21.

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About Ky Smith


For the love of hair – beginning as a Hair Enthusiast, Ky Smith fell in love with caring for and styling hair at age 10. “I was that girl who wanted to comb everyone’s hair,” Smith reminisces. “And I still do,” Smith adds, with a laugh. Smith was first inspired to pursue hairstyling as a profession by her aunt who was a hairstylist. Fast forward to 2006, Smith is the proud owner and Head Trichologist of Folliclez 360 Salon in Torrance, California, with over 20 years in the industry. Smith studied all aspects of hair, fine-tuning best practices, techniques, regimens, and the art of prescribing individualized treatments and products, for each of her client's specific needs. Smith is a certified Healthy Hair Virtuoso, Hair Loss Expert and Top Trichologist who specializes in growing and maintaining healthy, strong tresses. Smith is among the leading hair care professionals in the industry, with a passion for helping women achieve healthy hair from the inside, out. Smith operates on the belief that "Beauty Starts From Within" and continually provides resources to teach healthy hair care regimens as well as techniques to prevent hair loss through her Hair Guides, E-Books, and "Recover Your Roots" Educational Series. She focuses on the importance of nutrition, juicing and healthy lifestyle to promote healthy hair growth from roots to tips. Smith specializes in creating realistic solutions to all of our individual hair needs.

About Ky Smith


For the love of hair – beginning as a Hair Enthusiast, Ky Smith fell in love with caring for and styling hair at age 10. “I was that girl who wanted to comb everyone’s hair,” Smith reminisces. “And I still do,” Smith adds, with a laugh. Smith was first inspired to pursue hairstyling as a profession by her aunt who was a hairstylist. Fast forward to 2006, Smith is the proud owner and Head Trichologist of Folliclez 360 Salon in Torrance, California, with over 20 years in the industry. Smith studied all aspects of hair, fine-tuning best practices, techniques, regimens, and the art of prescribing individualized treatments and products, for each of her client's specific needs. Smith is a certified Healthy Hair Virtuoso, Hair Loss Expert and Top Trichologist who specializes in growing and maintaining healthy, strong tresses. Smith is among the leading hair care professionals in the industry, with a passion for helping women achieve healthy hair from the inside, out. Smith operates on the belief that "Beauty Starts From Within" and continually provides resources to teach healthy hair care regimens as well as techniques to prevent hair loss through her Hair Guides, E-Books, and "Recover Your Roots" Educational Series. She focuses on the importance of nutrition, juicing and healthy lifestyle to promote healthy hair growth from roots to tips. Smith specializes in creating realistic solutions to all of our individual hair needs.

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Comments

  1. Kimberly Bonner
    Kimberly Bonner

    I wish I’d know this before my vacation and that stupid swimming cap couldn’t even stay on my thick hair, so it got completely soaked in the pool water.

  2. Christine

    How about if you are protective styling – braids? I have been researching but nothing speaks to this. My hair has just reached medium (short medium) length, and i really don’t want to struggle with styling it while on vacation. Help, please.

    1. Ky smith

      Are you asking how to care for your braids while away on vacation after enjoying water activities?

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