How to Protect Your Hair from Pool and Salt Water

So I’ve just spent the weekend in beautiful Portugal where I was able to tan and soak my feet in the amazing turquoise water! My days were filled with water parks, kayaking, and the beach (of course)! Sadly, all that chlorine and sea salt was not very nice to my hair. However, I was lucky enough to remember to come prepared and was able to maintain my hair from looking like it was a sea monster, a stack of hay, or a sad attempt at dread locks. Blonde hair is easily the most susceptible to fall victim to green brassy dry pool hair. So I can say with confidence that I’ve been testing all the theories since a child and I can’t wait to share what I’ve found succesful. So without further adieu…

Here are some of my tricks to keeping your locks healthy and summer proof!

Before:

1) Wet your hair before going in the water – Simple enough. If you wet your hair in the shower your strands will soak up all the fresh water leaving little room for chlorine and salt water to wreak havoc. In addition with this step add step 2…

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2) Add an oil or silicone-based hair product – Like conditioner! Leave-in conditioners are my favorite products (My hair gets tangled)! A small amount of coconut oil or olive oil is also a great hair saver and a favorite of Lauren Conrad! Not to mention coconut oil is a natural sunscreen and will protect your hair from harmful rays! I use

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Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner, Ulta, $10.99

After:

1) Detangler – When you get out of the water make sure to spray your strands with a detangler. I like to use Leave-in conditioner again because my hair can always use some moisture. I’ve used detanglers like suave for kids, loreal for kids, and pantene detangler but they all left my hair rather dry. I usually find myself going straight from the beach to a lunch or gathering with friends so I personally like to use It’s a Miracle 10. t’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in product repairs dry damaged hair, adds shine, smoothes & controls frizz, seals & protects hair color, detangles, prevents split ends, stops hair breakage, creates silkiness, enhances natural body, flat iron & thermal protector and leaves my hair soft and bouncy. Although, I’m slowly making a conversion to natural products and I will be trying this DIY Detangling Spray from EWG’s (Enviornmental Working Group) pinterest page.

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It’s a Miracle 10, Ulta, $36.00

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DIY Detangling Spray

2) Brush It – Don’t just use any brush…use a Wet Brush! I didn’t believe all the hype until I tried it! This brush was recommended to my mother from a hair stylist. It detangles your hair without breaking or damaging your strands. This is important because your hair is the must susceptible to breakage when brushing if it’s wet. So naturally, having hair that gets very tangled this brush has become a staple in my beauty routine!

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Wet Brush, Ulta, $11.99

3) Deep Condition – Easy enough but often forgot! In the summer I wash my hair with deep conditioner 1-2 times a week! It’s recommended to use once every two weeks but I spend a lot of time in pools and in the ocean so it’s a necessity for me.  Try Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise Treatment which is a favorite of beauty blogger “The Barefoot Blonde” by Amber Fillerup. I personally really like the Shea Moisture products because they are natural, cruelty-free, and super moisturizing! Recently, I have purchased Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Treatment and have been loving the results. Natural hair masks can also be used by everyday items in the kitchen like coconut oil!

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Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise Treatment, Amazon, $9.78

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Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque, Drugstore.com, $11.99

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Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist, Target, $5.99

Every So Often:

1) De-brass/green, and clarify – If you’re blonde like me your hair can collect some funky colors thanks to chlorine! Even if you don’t swim a lot tap water can contain small amounts of chlorine and can over time cause a brassy effect to your hair. That’s why it’s important to use a clarifying shampoo or mask. Now this is to use once a month or once a summer as it can strip your hair of nutrients. If you have color treated hair it can also lighten the color. Not to be confused with a hair lighter. If you use some of these products your hair could turn grey or white which is why it’s only recommended to be used once or twice. EWG also recommends a DIY recipe for an au’ natural option which is always recommended! Apple cider Vinegar also makes a great clarifyer. As a kid I used Clairol Shimmer Lights but this is a harsh chemical shampoo that should be used once or twice a summer.

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Clairol Shimmer Lights, sally beauty, $7.99

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Moroccan Oil Clarfying Shampoo, Moroccanoil.com, $25.20

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DIY Green-Be-Gone Hair Mask

Side Note:

– DO NOT go into the water without brushing your hair first

– DO NOT color your hair after going in a pool without washing your hair.

– DO NOT over use clarifying shampoos

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