Styling and protection go hand in hand to ensure your hair stays in top condition. Here's how to make sure your tresses look their best on the beach
Whether you're heading to the beach while you still can before the humidity and heat kick in, or are heading off to cooler shores for your holidays, your hair will always need special attention at the beach. You'll want to look super stylish and protect it at the same time as the sun, salt and sand all take their toll on the condition and colour. So follow our easy guide to make sure you and your hair look hot all summer long.
Wet Casual Chignon
There's nothing more sophisticated than no-nonsense tied-up hair on the beach. This is a practical look for anyone with long or medium
length hair, and will help you stay
You can either tuck-in a regular ponytail or twist hair into a casual chignon after applying a conditioning mask through the roots. Not only can you tame hair with the mask, you also give your tresses an all-day repair treatment. To finish, smooth flyaways with a bit of glossing mousse or serum.
Wild-textured, loose hair is a no-brainer at the beach. This is an easy look that suits all face shapes and hair lengths, and calls for very little effort. Simply follow these steps to get it right. Wash your hair the day before hitting the beach. Take a coin-sized amount of styling mousse in your palm, run your fingers through your entire length and leave it to air-dry.
To create texture, use a sea-salt spray through your locks and keep frizz to a minimum with an anti-frizz serum. Just a small amount will tame wild hair. Don't forget to keep some headbands or claw clips handy to keep your tresses in check if the sea breeze turns wild!
More than styling, you need to prep your hair to fight the harsh effects of the sun, sea and sand. The best way to prevent sun damage is to ensure it's in top condition before hitting the beach. Regular conditioning with hair masks the week before, while also taking a break from styling tools will encourage healthy, frizz-free hair even after sun exposure.
Don't be fooled into believing your hair is in great health if you've just been applying a normal conditioner. Conditioners only smooth the hair's outer layer so it's easier to comb and appears frizz-free on the outside. They don't provide nutrients or repair the damaged hair's health in anyway. Your hair can look smooth and still be weak. You need to nourish your hair with an intensive repair mask at least twice a week.
And it is especially important to repair your hair before you head out to the beach and subject bleached, coloured and treated hair to further damage. Here's what you need to have in your protection kit:
Deep Cleansing Shampoo
A regular shampoo won't rid you of the salt and sand residue in your hair and scalp after a swim at the beach. But a clarifying shampoo can be your antidote to unsightly swimmer's hair. It can easily get rid of the build-up, bringing hair back to its squeaky clean original state.
A Moisture Mask
When exposed to the sun, your hair loses moisture ending up dry, brittle and faded. Use a rich mask before sun exposure to supply your hair with an extra dose of moisture-retainers and to keep the colour from fading.
Over Night Hair Repair Serum
Just like our skin is best repaired at night, chemically treated hair responds very well to overnight damage control with a concentrated nourishing treatment. And when you plan to expose hair to harsh elements the next day, a nutrient-rich overnight serum serves as protection. It fortifies the hair, so it's better equipped to handle the combined assault of the sun, sand and saltwater.
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