How to Protect Your Hair From the Sun, Sand and Sea

If you’re going on a beach holiday or just spending a little more time at the poolside, you’re probably going to be protecting your body with sunblock but don’t neglect your crowning glory too! As relaxing and fun beach activities are, they can cause hair damage – especially if you spend a lot of time under the sun and in the beach water.

Here are some of our handy tips to ensure that your tresses stay healthy while you enjoy your time at the beach (or pool).

Wet your hair before swimming

Hair is porous and therefore, can behave a bit like a sponge. As such, if it is wet before you hit the sea or the pool, your hair is unable to soak up as much salt from the sea or chemicals from the pool.

Apply leave-in conditioner


Even if you’re not going to wash your hair at the end of the day at the beach in order to get those ‘beach waves’, apply a leave-in conditioner such as Kerastase’s Ciment Conditioner (US$34) to rehydrate and strengthen your hair. Don’t skip this, regardless of how tired you may be at the end of the day as saltwater can dry your hair. Using a leave-in conditioner will help to reverse the damaging effects of salt in your hair.

Your hairstyle matters

Notice how many people rock plaits (or braids) at music festivals or even at the beach? Besides looking good, you can apply treatments and leave-in conditioners and plait your hair so that the treatment seeps into your hair strands, thus preventing harmful chemicals from penetrating. Thus, it’s time to rock out those cute hairdos and the best part? It also helps with preventing flyaway hair whenever there’s a sea breeze.

Put a hat on


Sun can really fade out hair colour, which is why people who stay out in the sun for longer hours tend to have sun-streaked highlights. However, if you dye your hair, you might want to protect the colour and prevent your hair from drying out or looking dull by simply wearing a hat or a scarf. The key is to keep your hair moisturised, so remember to use a hair mask such as Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment Mask (US$68) regularly so that your hair isn’t left brittle.

Don’t try DIY ‘natural’ hair highlights

Ever read on Pinterest or heard that you can lighten your hair by streaking it with lemon juice and laying out in the sun? Turns out that it’s a myth and can even be harmful to your hair and skin. Stick to the professionals and if you want a lighter, sun-kissed look, simply ask your hairstylist to adjust the highlights throughout your hair or around your face.

Use sunblock on your hair


You can mix a little bit of sunblock such as Natural Green Tea Suncream with your leave-in hair conditioner before applying onto your hair. This will really help protect your hair from the damaging effects of the sun.

Wash your hair well


With the salt and sand in your hair plus sweat and oils on the scalp, it is important to wash out all that gunk thoroughly with a good cleansing shampoo such as Kerastase’s Resistance Shampoo (US$30). Remember to moisturise your hair with a good conditioner as well, be it a leave-in or wash-off.


Photo Credits: Kerastase, Shu Uemura Art of Hair, Yoann Boyer and  Amos Bar-Zeev on Unsplash

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