4 Summer Hair Care Hacks You Never Knew

Maybe I don’t want to be a mermaid after all…

Slip on your bikini, roll out your beach towel and grab a good book because last Friday was the first day of summer!

This means crowded beaches, packed pools, golden skin and shit hair.

Yep, because while we always protect our skin, most of us forget and neglect our hair, leaving it to fend for itself against the harsh summer elements.

So to avoid looking like a scarecrow come autumn, I sought the help of Kate Dawes. Kate is one of four trichologists in WA, Director of Medical Hair Restoration Australia, and the Australian distributor for Help Hair Whey Protein (the protein powder/hair supplement that I’m addicted to).

She knows everything there is to know about hair, and revealed her top 4 hair care tips to keeping our locks hydrated and protected against the sun, sea and swimming pool…

Soak

Your hair like a sponge, so when it’s dry it will absorb the first dose of water it comes into contact with, including chlorinated pool water. “Wet your hair with clean water before swimming in a pool to lessen the absorption of chlorine,” says Kate.

This will reduce the amount of chlorine your hair will soak up, but to make sure it’s all rinsed out I’d recommend a shampoo like L’ANZA Swim and Sun Daily Chelating Shampoo

Rinse

A common fear us blondes have is that too much chlorinated fun will turn our locks green. Kate recommends rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar: “this can remove the green effect chlorine has on hair. Mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water and rinse through the hair.”

Treat

Ever wondered why your hair is like straw after a swim in the sea? The salt sucks out the natural water from your hair, leaving it parched and prone to breakage. Kate’s advise? “Make sure to apply some leave-in conditioner to mid-lengths and ends after a dip in the ocean,” says Kate.

There are loads to choose from, but a couple I like include nak Repl.ends Leave in MoisturiserMatrix Biolage Fiberstrong Fortifying Cream and EX Hair Ecodetoxer.

Protect

“Cover your hair with either a UV protector or better still a hat or scarf. Your hair and scalp can get burnt, not to mention fading you expensive colour work,” says Kate.

The market is littered with hair products containing SPF and UV protection, but did you know that coconut oil is a natural SPF? Try tying your hair up and slicking on a little before you hit the sun bed, you’ll also smell like a beautiful little bowl of summer.

Got a hot hair tip? Share it in the comment box below…

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