How Can You Protect Your Hair From Water Damage?

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Do you have the necessary items to keep your hair protected this summer?

As the days grow warmer, more and more people are looking forward to spending time at the beach. Make sure to have your sunscreen, moisturizer, protection spray, and hat with you.

Our bodies are prone to heat damage, and so is our hair with water damage. Some minerals found in the water can harm our hair. Calcium, magnesium, and salt are the minerals causing our hair to break, dry up, get frizzy, and get dandruff.

Read on to discover the best ways to protect your hair from water damage this summer.

Protect Your Hair How You Protect Your Skin

Before spending a day at the beach, we apply sunscreen, moisturizer, or cream to protect our skin. Yet, we often forget to take care of our hair, too.

Various elements like the sun, saltwater, and chlorine can damage our hair. Our hair can turn from shiny to dry and brittle when exposed to the sun for too long.

Saltwater and chlorine strip out oils and the moisture in our hair, making it dehydrated. With this, our hair may suffer from split ends, while our scalp may have dandruff. To prevent this, look for a UV hair protection spray that can shield your hair from harmful effects.

To battle chlorine and saltwater hair damage, apply oil to your hair for 20 minutes. You can use coconut, olive, or argan oil as a hair mask. Running oil through our hair moisturizes and seals the breaks in the cuticles.

Shower First

If you jump straight into the beach or pool, your hair may absorb saltwater or chlorine and become dehydrated. Before going in for a swim, make sure that you’ve showered or at least rinsed your hair. Showering moisturizes the hair and blocks chlorine or saltwater from entering the cuticles.

Get a Swim Cap

Another great way to protect your hair from water damage is to wear a swim cap. This is perfect for people who wish not to get their hair wet but still want to enjoy a good time.

Less Shampoo is Less Damage

Shampoo can disrupt the natural oils that would result in dry, brittle, lifeless hair. In recent years, many women discovered that it's okay not to wash your hair every day. However, this may vary between different hair types.

If you have dry hair, you may shampoo your hair three times a week. If you have oily hair, it’s best to shower every day, so you’d get rid of the excess oil your hair produces. Determine what kind of hair type you have and develop a hair washing routine that best suits you.

If you prefer not to wash your hair with your body, the situation can be a struggle. The solution for that problem is to use our Stylin’ Shower Caps. This lessens the risk of you getting a hair breakage without sacrificing your daily hygiene.

Shower After

A quick shower after swimming can counteract any harmful effects of water content. Rinse off all the chlorine and salt to ensure that it wouldn’t cause damage to your hair and scalp.

You can use hair scrubs to exfoliate, removing all the build-up in your hair. You can apply a hair conditioner as well to keep your hair moisturized.

However, take note of the kind of water you used to wash. Check if it is soft or hard water. Soft water is low in minerals, while hard water has high mineral content.

Don't Use Hard Water

Hard water can be harmful to both our skin and our hair. This type of water often has a cloudy appearance. Studies from 2016 found that hard water damages hair.

The hair washed with hard water had decreased in thickness and had a ruffled appearance. These damages range from breakage, drying of the scalp, frizziness, dullness, or tangles.

No to Hot Water

After a swim, you may have decided to roam around. Exhausted from touring, you now want to take a long hot shower to relax. However, ask yourself this question.

“Can hot water damage hair?” The answer is yes. Bathing with hot water may be relaxing and lets your blood flow easier, however it is quite a different case with hair.

Hot water removes the natural oils found in our hair, which will make it look dry and brittle. It dries up the scalp, leaving it itchy. You may even notice signs of dandruff.

The roots of your hair get weak, which results in frizziness because of hot water use. It creates holes in the protective layer of your hair, later resulting in hair breakage.

Dry Your Hair Right

Swimming could bring water damage to your hair, and we wouldn’t want to add heat damage to the list. Avoid using heat tools, even if it’s more convenient.

When styling or fixing our hair, we use hot hair tools. A flat iron, curling iron, hot rollers, and hairdryer are some of these tools. Although it is easier to use a hairdryer, exposing your hair to heat creates holes that lead to breakage.

There are alternative ways you can dry your hair. You can use a t-shirt or a Turbie Twist Microfiber hair towel.

A microfiber towel is soft, gentle, and lightweight. Microfiber towels allow you to prevent breakage and reduce frizziness. It dries your hair faster and can also help you keep your curls in place.

Save Your Hair from Water Damage

Now you know how to protect your hair from water damage. Remember to take care of your hair as much as you protect your skin. We hope these tips help you avoid damaging your hair.

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