Summer is here, and that means it’s time to take a dip in a pool; or a lake or a hot tub or the ocean. Regardless where you plan to cool off for the next few months, one thing is for sure- you have to take care of your hair.
The chemicals and elements present in many of the bodies of what we love to swim in can be harsh. From salt in the ocean to chlorine in the pools, our hair can take a beating. The thing about it too is for most of us, we don’t even think about how our swimming activities can damage our tresses.
So yes, it is necessary to have a summer regimen. More than that, if you plan to take many dips in many places, it’s a good idea to have a different course of action to address what your hair will go through. Here are some tips on what to do and products to use to take care of your hair this summer.
Wash It, Immediately
This should be a no-brainer, but there are an alarmingly large number of women who don’t wash their hair after swimming. Or rather, take their time in washing their hair after swimming. That is not a good move. As mentioned above, there are too many harmful things in pools and the sea that can wreak havoc. Whatever you do after swimming, wash your hair.
Okay, so you know you need to wash your hair. Did you know that there are shampoos specially formulated to remove chlorine? For those who forego the ocean and spend your summer swimming days in the pool, it’s a good idea to keep some on deck. TriSwim is a great shampoo. The brand has a socially responsible approach to creating its products, which are not tested on animals. TriSim also has five “agents” that help in removing and containing the chlorine. Furthermore, it has vitamins A and, pro-vitamins B5 and organic aloe vera. If you aren’t getting the picture, TriSwim is good for your hair.
After washing your hair, it is paramount to give it moisture. The chemicals from the water have already dried out your hair and the shampoo, while needed, has probably stripped it a little as well. Now more than ever you have to moisturize. It’s in your best interest to get something that works very well for your hair. This is not the time to skimp on the good stuff. You can never go wrong with Shea Moisture products as their lines are generally all natural and promote hair strength and growth.
Some people may want to take it as far as doing a deep conditioning. This is especially true if you are an avid swimmer. Additionally, it may be beneficial to make a DIY deep conditioning mixture. You can use ingredients that most people already have in their homes to create an effective and powerful remedy that will keep your hair shiny, healthy and fierce. Avocado, eggs, and olive oil are all ideal and are only a few you can use for deep conditioning purposes. You can also add a little mint or lavender for fragrance.
Obviously, this is a before-swimming tip and is one to consider. Minimize the risk of damage to your hair or getting unwanted pollutants on it by wearing a swim cap. They come in all sizes and colors. Some even have fun designs on them to add flavor to your swim wardrobe. Caps can be very effective in lessening the risk of getting your hair wet. For a lot of people, wearing one keeps their hair totally dry. It all comes down to the kind of swim cap you get.
Swimming is fun and a great way to pass the summer hours. Make sure to keep your hair in mind and take steps to ensure its safety.