Overexposure to UV rays can cause brittle and dull-looking hair. In addition to chlorine from swimming in pools during summer months, your hair becomes more at risk for damage. So how are you going to protect your hair from the sun’s harsh rays while enjoying the hot weather?
#1. Wet your hair before and after swimming (particularly in pools).
Chlorine is the number one culprit in damaging hair from swimming in pools. It is primarily used as an antibacterial agent in the pool water but when your hair is overexposed to it, chlorine’s stripping agents get activated. As a result, blonde hair becomes green and other hair types become brittle as well. It is then important to wet your hair before swimming as it will absorb lesser chlorine and wash also after to remove other chemical accumulation.
#2. Use hair sunscreen or sun sprays.
Sunscreen and sun sprays coat your hair strands and act as a UV filter. Other products also can moisturize your hair while protecting it from the damaging effects of the sun. There are also sun sprays that are water-resistant so it’s a perfect product to use when swimming in the ocean or in pools.
#3. Add a deep-conditioning treatment to your hair routine.
If you often go to the beach, pools, or just hang out to enjoy the hot weather, it pays to deep-condition your hair at least once a week. Because of the sun’s dehydrating effect to the hair, deep-conditioning helps to restore the hair’s moisture level and to strengthen brittle hair.
#4. Wear a hat or a scarf.
You can protect your hair by covering it with a hat or a scarf. You may also choose to wear shower caps when swimming which minimizes the risk for damage by ensuring that your hair is not overexposed to the sun. Now you can protect your hair from the sun’s harsh rays with style!