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The summer months are upon us and you know what that means- beach days. From now until sometime in September, naturals will be flocking to beaches across the world. Most women probably don’t think about how the ocean will affect their hair, but if it’s not on your radar, it’s a good idea to consider your tresses in all of your beaching plans.

There are a lot of things naturals have to remember about when it comes to hair maintenance. Yes, it is great to have the versatility, but for a lot of naturals, it is a constant struggle to take proper care of your hair. Whether you forget, don’t know how or just don’t feel like it, what you do and don’t do will always show. That’s why it’s so important to have a beach routine for your hair. Yes, that is right; here is yet another routine you have to remember in order to ensure healthy hair that doesn’t succumb to the elements of the ocean and the sky.

So here are some suggestions to help keep your hair in tip-top shape during the hottest months of the year.

Pre-Treat

This can be done with a good oil. Coconut oil is ideal to use the night before because it’s known to lock moisture into your hair. It can also create a barrier for your hair that helps keep it hydrated, which is extremely important when being in the sun for extended periods of time. Doing it the night before is the best way to give your hair the pre-beach treatment it needs to remain strong.

Conditioner

There are some leave in conditioners out there that have SPF. This is a great option because just like your skin needs protecting from the UV rays of the sun, so does other parts of your body, including your hair. Look at it as sunscreen for your hair. Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave-In Hair Conditioning Treatment is a good one.  It has everything from coconut oil and quinoa protein and is paragon free. It’s a winner all around and can greatly help your hair during your next beach party or pool gathering.

Protective Style

This is a good idea to prevent tangling. I personally don’t believe that a protective style can really protect your hair from elemental damages. A lot of times, these hairstyles can make you lackadaisical in caring for your hair. When it comes down to it, it is just as important to rinse/wash your hair afterward if you are wearing braids at the beach, as it is if you’re not. But sometimes naturals forget that. Nonetheless, a good protective style in this situation is a high bun, which allows for less of your hair to be exposed to the salty ocean water.

Wash… Immediately

Do not wait hours after coming from the beach to wash your hair. Just like you have a pre-beach routine, you need to have a post-beach one as well. This should include using a clarifying shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner. You can even do a deep conditioning treatment to really help replenish your hair.

Going to the beach is fun, but dealing with the after effects of what the activity does to your hair can be a hassle. However, if you take the proper precautions and implement some of these suggestions, your hair will be in much better shape after it’s all said and done.

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