What better way is there to really soak up the sun’s rays than spending your day at the beach and taking a leisurely dip in the sea? The feel of sand at your feet and giving your bikini body a tan while listening to the calming sounds of lapping waves are great ways for you to take a break from the stresses of the city.
But, spending your day at the beach means having to take some measurements to ensure you don’t end up damaging your skin and hair. After all, you’ll be under the sun for a significant period of time, which means you need to be protected from its ultraviolet rays.
When it comes to sun protection, we’re sure you know what you need to do to protect your skin. But do you know that excessive exposure to the sun can have negative effects on your hair too? Fading hair colour, as well as dry and brittle hair, are just a couple of effects your hair can experience from being under the sun for too long. To combat this, here are some tips to ensure your hair gets the lasting sun protection it needs before, during and after your time at the beach:
Before: Your Daily Haircare Routine
How you care for your hair every single day plays an important role in how it will react when it is exposed to the sun for a long period of time. Just like your skin, your hair needs to build a defence so it has the ability to protect itself from various environmental stressors. Without this defence, your precious locks will be more vulnerable to these stressors, thus compromising their condition and overall health. Let’s look at what you can do to maintain the health of your hair in your daily routine:
Keep Your Hair Hydrated
Your scalp naturally produces sebum to keep your hair moisturised, thus preventing it from becoming dry and damaged. However, due to the onslaught of hot showers and a myriad of haircare and hairstyling products, this natural sebum production is sometimes not sufficient in providing your hair and scalp with the hydration they need. If you notice your hair being dry and prone to breakage, it might be wise for you to introduce a hydrating haircare product into your daily routine. You can opt for a lightweight hair serum if you’re looking for something that is not too greasy. If you have a thicker mane of hair or your hair has been colour-treated, a hair oil might be the better option. In addition, for colour-treated hair, applying a hydrating haircare product with an SPF in it is recommended as excessive exposure to the sun can cause your hair colour to lighten.
During: Protect Your Hair at All Costs
When you’re at the beach, this is when you need to step up the sun protection game for your hair, especially if you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time under the sun. Plus, protecting your hair from the sun isn’t the only thing you have to think of when you’re at the beach. If you’re going to have a dip in the sea, you need to keep your hair protected from the high salt content too. Here are a few tips to keep your hair in good condition during your time at the beach:
Sun Care for Your Hair
We’re sure you know well enough that applying sunscreen while at the beach is extremely important to avoid lasting sun damage to your skin. But, did you know that there are sunscreens available in the market formulated to protect your precious locks too? Applying sunscreen to your hair is especially vital if you have colour-treated hair as the sunscreen will prevent your hair colour from fading. Sunscreens for hair are usually packaged in spray bottles for easier application; just give a couple of spritzes onto the lengths of your hair and run your hands through your tresses to spread the product evenly. Don’t forget to massage the product into your scalp as well. Another option is to use a leave-in conditioner that also contains an SPF. This ensures your hair is protected from the sun while remaining sufficiently hydrated.
Keep It Protectively Stylish with a Hat
If you can’t stand the heat while at the beach, throw on a hat to provide your hair as well as your skin extra protection from the sun. And not any hat will do in this case — the material matters too. Don’t go for ones made of straw as they will not give you enough of a defence against the beating heat of the sun. Opt for hats that are made of a tightly woven material, or if you have the money to splurge, invest in a hat that comes with an ultraviolet protection factor. All you need now is to throw on a pair of sunglasses and you’ll be looking ultra-stylish while chilling at the beach.
After: Cleansing Time
To ensure your hair’s protection from the sun lasts even after your time at the beach, you’ll need to take certain precautions once you get home. Let’s take a look at what these precautions are:
Wash Off All Product
If you applied any haircare products such as leave-in conditioner and sea salt spray while at the beach, make sure to shampoo and condition your hair immediately when you get home to rinse these products off. This will prevent your hair from becoming too dry, thus reducing the risk of damage.
Pamper Your Hair
If your hair does feel particularly dry, apply a deep-conditioning hair mask and allow your hair to soak up all the rich, hydrating goodness. For a natural hair mask treatment, simply apply some coconut oil through the length of your hair, wrap it in a towel and just leave it for about an hour, or for as long as you can.