We had one of the hottest days of the Spring this past Saturday so the hubbie and I decided to take my 6 mth old to the pool for the first time. IÂ didn’tÂ jump in even though I desperately wanted to, we justÂ splashedÂ around and allowed him to kick his legs in his now giant bath tub. I decided to wear my hair in the highest bun I could manage to create and made sure not one drop of chlorine hit my hair, because I did not prepare my hair at all for our day at the pool. I wont be making this a habit though because one things for sure, this summer will be all about the pool, the munchkin loves it and I was practically born in the middle of the sea so its about to be on an poppin! Here are a few ways that I pool proof and summer proof my hair
1. Get your Hair Wet Before you Get to the Pool
The idea here is that if you hair is fully soaked the strands will have absorbed all the water it can so that when the water from the pool hits it Â your strands there is no more space for anything additional. I don’t know how fool proof this idea is but scientifically it makes sense so I always head to the pool with an already soaked head of hair.
2. The old conditioner Trick
This is probably the only time I would actively look for a silicone filled conditioner, because Â I want to create a make shift barrier between my hair and the chlorine in the pool. Again this is not fool proof, but anything that will protect my hair even a little bit from the harshness of chlorine from the pool is worth a shot. The same trick can be applied if you happen to head to the beach, sea water can dry out your hair something serious due to the salt, I don’t care how fabulous your hair looks after a romp in the sea, trust me you do not want that dryness.
3. Prevent Sun Damage with Regular Sunscreen
This is a little weird but if you plan to be exposed to the sun for a long period of time just take your regular sunscreen lotion that is paraben- free and sulfate free and use it on your hair. Protecting your hair from harmful UV rays is so important because the sun can breakdown the protein in your strandsÂ causing damage.
4. Amp up the Protein Treatments
What the sun taketh away I will try my best to put back, so if proteins in my strand are at risk, then my only course of action is to use protein and use it often to keep my hair healthy. Protein treatments can be as simple as using Greek yogurt as a pre-poo, Mayo is a another option or a protein conditioner for a quick deep condition.
Do you have sun, beach and pool plans this summer? How do you deal?