Summer-Proof Hair

If you live here in Manila, Philippines, you can feel the increase in temperature and humidity. It’s a definite sign of the upcoming summer, which is probably one of the seasons I love most minus the excess heat and sweat! 😫😝😁

Part of the usual summer routine includes swimming in salt or chlorinated water and basking under the sun. Sounds relaxing and fun, right? Of course it does! 🌞🌊⛱ But do you know, that your crowning glory gets affected; and if left unnoticed, could get damaged and leave you with wispy ends and a greenish hue? Eek! Sounds horrifying! 😨😨😨 But fret not, there are ways to keep your hair Summer-Proof.

Today’s blog post is a collaboration with Ghergich.com and Health Perch. This graphic helps provide information on minimizing the damage our hair will have to recover from. If your hair is damaged and chemically-treated, you should stop by and take time to read on the ways to protect your hair along with simplified tips provided in the graphic below.

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First, is understanding the effects of the sun, salty and/or chlorinated water. For bleached hair, you are probably aware that chlorinated water could make your hair go green! 😑Now that doesn’t look nice, unless you were planning to go all green. Hehe. You might even wonder why does it turns green in the first place.

Actually, it isn’t the chlorine that makes bleached or highlighted hair turn green. It’s the oxidized metals found in the water that gets stuck in our soaked hair. Our hair absorbs it all. To combat the greenish hue, try using a baking powder paste and rub it on your hair after swimming.

Frequent swimming in chlorinated or salt water could also lead to drying of our scalp. In the long run, it makes our hair dry and porous. Those who swim rarely are less susceptible to damaging their hair. However, it could leave your hair dry in a day or two.

To keep your hair summer-proof, it is advised to provide a barrier for your hair to protect it from the salty or chlorinated water. Barriers like oils (olive oil or coconut oil) and conditioners; just leave them for a few minutes to penetrate hair. Even showering with tap water prior to swimming will give your hair that added protection from the harsh environment.

Post-swimming care requires immediate rinsing of clean water and use of a clarifying shampoo followed by a conditioner. For those who frequently swim, I would suggest that you deep condition weekly and wear swim caps to further protect your hair. To deep condition, make use of either store-bought or natural deep conditioners. Health Perch provides us four options for natural hair conditioning masks.

For combating the sun damage, it is important to wear hats or applying hair serums that provide UV protection.

When drying your hair after a swim, it’s best to air dry. However, if you really want to achieve a blow-out look then try cutting down the time for blowdrying your hair on the lowest heat setting. After, blast it with cool air to seal the shine.

These are all simple tips that oftentimes we take for granted. I can really attest to the damaging effects it has done on my hair. I was a swimmer once in highschool and it really took a toll on my hair. But using deep conditioners and barriers lessen the damage it should have done. It also helps that I am currently taking some hair vitamins for an added boost to my hair’s overall health.

So take time to care for your hair, we only have one head full of hair and we might as well take good care of it. 💁💁💁

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Hair on fleek!

Merci beaucoup et á bientôt

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