Summer fun—yes! What’s not to love about parties, barbecues, beaches and swimming? Don’t forget to also love your hair by protecting, nourishing and keeping it beautiful.
In the past, I’ve been guilty of leaving the salty sea water and chlorine in my hair because I was too tired to rinse or wash it out from a long, fun-filled day.
Oh, let me tell you—I paid for it. My hair felt rough, looked dull and it didn’t feel like my hair usually does. And when I washed it, my hair was not the same. It was literally sautéed all day and night in chemicals; salt and chlorine. My hair had a chemical hangover!
The ocean and chlorinated water are also harsh on your skin, leaving it dehydrated. If you’re too busy, enjoying a lot of partying and too tired to wash it out, at least rinse your hair thoroughly to get most of the chemicals and ocean salt water out.
If your hair is colored or balayaged/highlighted, count on it to fade. If you have a smoothing treatment in your hair, it will lessen the longevity of it resulting in frizz. And if you wear hair extensions, they will definitely be affected and leave an intense build up at the base of where they are connected. Also, the extensions will tangle fiercely! So to maintain the quality—longevity of your hair—be sure to shampoo and rinse those harsh chemicals out.
I advise my clients to wet their hair before they go swimming. By doing so, the chemicals from pool or sea water will not absorb so quickly. Just like a wet sponge will not absorb on a damp surface as well as a dry sponge will. In a similar way, over processed bleached hair, hair extensions, and hair that has had a smoothing treatment will not absorb as quickly if your hair is already wet.
I have a summertime story for you…
My parents were having a small, family party on a hot day. Well, the night before I just had my hair beautifully colored. My hair looked so fresh, silky and shiny. Do you think I was going to take a chance and get my hair wet in the swimming pool? No way!
So, I brought a clear elastic shower cap (like the ones you find in hotels). I told no one about it. When it was time for a swim, I pulled the cap out of my purse and put it on. Then I went right into the pool and cooled off.
Meanwhile, my Mom was already in the pool swimming. She gave me one of those looks as if I had been time warped back into the 1950’s. She smiled and said, “Susie, our pool isn’t chlorinated.” She was right! Salt water swimming pools are much gentler than chlorinated pools. What I did learn that day was that plastic shower caps are awfully hot in the sun!
If your hair color does fade, ask your hairdresser for a photo-gloss finish with a pop of color to refreshen. Also, wearing a hat is a fantastic way to protect your hair and skin.
Remember, summer is the time to step up your game. The sun is intense and acts like a lightener on your hair. Use a thermal protector every day as it acts like as a sunscreen for your hair. Your hair color, extensions and smoothing treatments will last longer and keep you looking young and refreshed.
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Author: Susie L.
Susie Lauri is the lead hair and makeup artist, and a contributing writer for Runwayz Magazine. She specializes in hair and makeup for commercial print and production. She is known for her glamour makeovers including balayage, color, haircuts and styling. When not on location, Susie works out of her studio in Aliso Viejo, California. Find more about her at : www.SusieLauri.com, @susie_lauri_hair on Instagram!