6 essential hair-protecting steps to survive beach season
All winter long we lust over images of perfectly tousled beach waves and stock up on all the salt sprays we can get our hands-on. But sometimes we forget that once summer rolls around, and the sweltering Aussie summer means endless dips in the ocean, beach waves can be as drying and destructive to our hair as it can be cute.
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So to enjoy this year’s beach season without the birds nest of brittle hair, we suggest you incorporate these six essential hair-protecting steps to exit summer with the same soft, strong locks you entered with.
#1 Rinse your hair… promptly
Arguably the most essential step of all and it won’t cost you a cent. While we love the idea of an air-dried beach wave, doing this too frequently will leave hair frizzy and dehydrated. So locate the nearby showers and give your salty hair a good rinse out.
#2 Leave-in conditioner
After a big day in the ocean melt any remaining salt away with an intensely hydrating leave-in product. Ideally one specifically formulated to repair dry or damaged hair from root to tip.
#3 Hydration specific shampoo or conditioner
If you naturally lean towards a lighter formulation when it comes to your shampoo or conditioner, consider using something a bit richer for those days your hair is feeling extra dry.
Anything rich in frizz-fighting or hydrating ingredients are ideal for your post-beach day wash.
#4 Wear a hat
Essential for protecting our faces from the sun, it turns out UVA and UVB can also be damaging to our hair and colour. So, to avoid leaving your hair exposed to harsh sunlight, tie it back and tuck it into a hat.
#5 Hair oil
Whether you keep one handy in your bag or pop it through your hair when you get home, a hair oil will provide that extra dose of nourishment. They work by piercing deeply into the cuticle and coating each individual strand for shiny, strong locks.
bh recommends: L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil, John Frieda Frizz Ease® Extra Strength 6 Effects™ Serum
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*This article has been updated with the latest products and advice.
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