How Salt Water Really Affects Your Hair

Everyone thinks about their skin when they are out at the beach, but we want to bring to your attention a potentially harmful aspect of spending a day at the shore; hair damage from salt water. You’re probably wondering what could be so bad about taking a dip in the ocean. Isn’t salt water healing? Yes, it helps to detox the skin, reduce swelling and treat wounds, among many other benefits. But overexposure to salt water can wreak havoc on your hair.

Your hair’s water content is what makes it stretchy, elastic and moisturized – kind of like your skin. And, similar to your skin and the rest of your body, your hair can become ‘dehydrated’ and dry if too much moisture is lost through evaporation. And even more so if that moisture is not replenished. As the sea has high salt content, it is osmotic, meaning that it leaches water out of your hair. The result? Dry, parched and brittle locks. The hair becomes dull, tangled, rough feeling and can be hard to comb or brush out. Especially If you have color in your hair.

Once you shampooed your hair, you may even notice that it takes longer to blow-dry or you’re having problems getting your locks to curl or hold a style. In its worst form, salt water damage causes the ends of the hair to split, and breakage can begin. To prevent salt water from damaging your strands, take these expert-recommended steps before and after you leave the beach.

1. Wash your hair with a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment or apply a pre-sun and swim product. This will help mitigate the rigors of the summer elements and prevent hair color from fading due to sun exposure.

2. Leave-in conditioner is a must to keep the hair moist and soft, and to make it harder for the salt water to damage the hair. Look for a spray formula that you can toss in your beach bag and re-apply throughout the day.

3. To help protect your scalp from UV rays, use a protective hair cream containing SPF over your hair and on your part. Another simple yet effective method is to saturate a Q-tip with a broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it directly to the part line. This is important to do before heading out to the beach so there is time for it to absorb to provide full coverage and protection.

4. For a post-beach DIY treatment, you can whip up a hair mask made out of lukewarm honey and buttermilk. The honey will restore moisture and shine, while the buttermilk will soothe dry locks and leave them silky.

5. For a major moisture-boost that will target split ends, whisk together two eggs, a few tablespoons of olive oil, half of a ripe avocado and 2 ounces of purified water. Work the mixture into hair with your fingertips, leave on for 10 minutes and then wash out.

BAD HAIR DAY TIPS

Sometimes we have to fake stuff – tans, that smile when singing “Happy Birthday” over a stale sheet cake to that co-worker you can’t stand. Sometimes you got to fake it until you make it, or in terms of having a good hair day – fake it until your next salon appointment.

Having a good hair day is like a tiny miracle, and those miracles, unfortunately, do not come very often. Whether you skipped a few wash days, need to get those pesky roots touched up, or hit snooze on the alarm seven times and need to be to work in fifteen minutes, here are some helpful tips to faking your best hair day when, in all reality, your hair is in laughable conditions.

 

  1. DRY SHAMPOO

Remember when you first tried dry shampoo and you were like, “This is the greatest invention since the gel manicure!” Well, it’s because, like the gel, it’s a lifesaver. Where would we be if we didn’t have dry shampoo? We’re spraying our greasy, limp tresses with dry shampoo like it’s cheap sunscreen, faking a good hair day by essentially absorbing the dirt and grease.

 

  1. CREATE THE ILLUSION OF FULLER HAIR WITH A HAIR CLIP

Bad hair days come in all shapes and forms, and sometimes they come in “you just can’t deal today” so that’s where hair clips ride in on their magic rainbows to save the day. The use of hair clips can help make your hair look fuller and give the illusion that it has more volume and weight than it actually does.

Fuller Ponytail Trick: clip a fish clip to the top of your ponytail, tease your hair towards the clip, then remove. This trick makes for a fuller ponytail with a little more height.

 

  1. PUT A DRYER SHEET OVER YOUR HAIRBRUSH TO REDUCE STATIC

This is something you don’t learn in science class but would probably be more useful than all that mole math B.S. in 10th grade chemistry. For bristle brushes, take a dryer sheet and place it on the brush, right through the bristles. Brush your hair like this and static-be-gone!

Another trick: take a toothbrush you are not planning to use anymore and spray it with hairspray. Brush the flyaways and watch them disappear!

 

  1. SPRAY YOUR ROOTS WITH COVER-UP SPRAY

Some people can rock the roots, but for everyone else, let’s get control of our growth before we start looking like Madonna circa “Like A Virgin.” Like dry shampoo, root cover-up spray is like the light at the end of our dark (roots) tunnel. The sprays vary in color shades from light blonde to auburn to black and provide a quick cover-up within seconds. It’s an inexpensive way to hold you over between salon visits.

 

  1. WRAP IT UP IN BUNS OR BRAIDS

Buns & Braids are like the friendship you always wish you had. They make the perfect hair day no matter what the condition of your locks — just ask Princess Leia. A bun & braid hairstyle can be done in as little as two minutes. So those busy mornings when your hair isn’t going with the flow, it’s a job for the B&B. There are different types of buns & braids that you can choose from. The messy bun: high and messy chignon (use a hair donut or a rolled-up sock to get a bigger bun). The bohemian bun: messy and high chignon with a braid coiled at the base. The bow bun: bow-shape chignon atop the head, dividing the bun into two parts to make a bow. If you’re feeling quirky, try the space buns: which is basically high pigtails but wrapped into two coils on each side of your head.

 

  1. UTILIZE HAIR CHALK AND OTHER TEMPORARY COLORS

Hair chalk is a great, quick fix for those bad hair days when you want an easy way to liven up your tresses by dabbing a little lavender or sky blue on your ends. Don’t forget to use hairspray so the color chalk will set. You don’t need to have platinum blonde hair to get great results. Plus, if you change your hair color, no one will notice how greasy and flat it is.

 

  1. GIVE YOUR HAIR A TEASE

There’s an art to teasing. It’s not for everyone but on a bad hair day, teasing can take flat hair to new heights. Literally. First, take a 1″ section of your hair (top of the head to bring up the volume) and hold it straight up. Tease it by brushing the hair downward, section and repeat, smooth with a brush. Try this on each side of the head too for an overall fuller look.

 

  1. CURL THOSE LOCKS

Sometimes you can’t have good hair all by yourself. Sometimes you need to bring in the big guns like the old-trusty curling iron. The barrel size makes a difference in what type of curls you’re looking to achieve – 2″ gentle, relaxed waves, 1.75″ large, loose waves, 1.5″ large, voluminous curls, 1″ – 1.25” full curls, defined waves, and 3/4″ for tighter curls, textured waves. Curls can help your bad day hair look like a great hair day, creating fuller, and healthier looking hair.

 

  1. ACTIVATE YOUR NATURAL WAVES

Keep summer in your hair all year long with a DIY mixture to capture those beach waves anytime. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it will one cup warm water, one tablespoon of coconut oil, one tablespoon of sea salt (this adds grit) and one drop of your choice of essential oil – lavender works great. Combine, shake and apply liberally to the hair. You can add an optional teaspoon of hair gel or conditioner to fight frizz.

 

  1. DE-FUZ YOUR CURLS

A simple solution to keeping your curls intact is mixing leave-in conditioner with gel and apply to curls. The leave-in conditioner hydrates those thirsty curls, while the gel shapes the curls into spirals. Never spend the day with loose, fuzzy, frizzy curls again.

 

  1. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS GO WITH HATS, HEADBANDS AND SCARVES

It’s okay to give up and just put on a hat. You’re still winning at life. Hats, headbands, and head scarves are an easy and very fashionable way to save yourself from a bad hair day. They keep those annoying bangs we should have never gotten out of our way and keep flyaways at bay. Headbands can be worn single or doubled up, while head scarves are a perfect way to add some print to your monochromatic outfit. There are so many different styles of hats to choose from: fedoras, floppies, beanies, oh my! And remember, there’s never such thing as a bad hat day.

Hair Glossing 101

Hair gloss treatments are often met with confusion these days. What exactly does it do? How are they different than hair color? And why is everyone getting them? Don’t worry, we wondered the exact same things.

A gloss treatment — also referred to as a color glaze or a glaze treatment — gives your hair shine, boosts dull and lifeless hair and helps smooth flyaways. Gloss treatments can be clear or tinted. Both types of treatments revitalize hair, and tinted treatments can help enhance or maintain color, as well. Here are nine things that make a hair gloss treatment different than a classic dye job… and why you definitely should consider getting one.

 

  1. A gloss will repair any summer damage you have.

Spent a little too much time in the sun and chlorine this summer? It actually repairs your hair and undos all that damage, so you’ll feel a lot better. The gloss will return texture and deep condition your strands for ultimate silkiness and shine.

 

  1. It’s not as harsh or permanent as regular hair color.

A gloss is very acidic and closes the hair and the cuticle real tight. The result is a very smooth surface texture that will reflect a lot more light and have a much softer feel to it. While regular color contains ammonia, which opens up the hair cuticle and deposits color into it, therefore damaging the hair.

 

  1. A gloss provides translucent color and intense conditioning.

A gloss will work with the variation of tone that your hair naturally has, allowing for a more subdued shade. If you have gray hair and if you put a gloss on, it will have a very tonal effect as opposed to being one solid opaque color. It also automatically makes your hair super shiny and smooth. It will even reduce a little bit of frizz, and overall, your hair feels like you had a conditioning treatment and color done at once.

 

  1. It can help tone down highlights.

If your highlights end up looking a little too brassy, try getting a gloss treatment right after to tone down the color.

 

  1. You don’t have to change your natural hair color to get the benefits of a gloss.

There’s such thing as a clear gloss, which is essentially a powerhouse of a conditioning treatment for your strands. All you’d be doing is lowering the pH level of your hair and imparting extreme conditioning properties.

 

  1. It’s a no-commitment change.

The best thing about it is there’s no commitment to it and it’s going to fade on its own (within six weeks). And if you want to change your hair, it doesn’t interfere with any type of chemical change you want to do in the future.

 

  1. You can do it at home.

If you want to save some money, there are gloss kits sold at your local drugstore. We suggest going into a salon at first. But if you do it at home, don’t go too far from one shade or two from where you’re currently at.

 

  1. It’s easy to maintain.

All you need to do is use sulfate-free products that are made for colored hair and you should be good to go.

 

  1. It’s totally in for fall.

This season’s hair trends will be “all about really rich jewel tones.” If you’re a brunette, go for a rich honey or espresso brown. If you’re a redhead, try a deep copper or auburn. And if you’re a blonde, opt for a golden tone.