Picture this: It’s a sunny Summer afternoon in Chandler, Arizona. It’s 118 degrees outside, and the wind is blowing. When you step outside, you feel as though you’ve walked into a oven. The heat seems to radiate from everywhere, and there’s no escape. Within five minutes of being exposed to the outside world, you discover you’re sweating profusely. Maybe you’re not in the mood to binge Netflix for the rest of your day, but hanging out outside is clearly not an option (if you want to live).
If you’re like most Arizonans, you decide to get in the pool! You might put on some music, fix a drink, get whatever you need and get in the water as quickly as possible. (Yes, it’s like bathwater, but it’s still nice!) Although there are endless benefits to relaxing in the pool, you can damage your hair and skin if you swim often. If you have colored hair, you could be causing your hair to fade more rapidly by not protecting it from the water and sun!
To save some souls from green highlights and brittle hair, this week we’ll be giving you some tips on how to keep your hair feeling soft and healthy during an Arizona summer!
Keeping your locks healthy all year long.
Proper pool etiquette!
Have you ever felt your hair after an afternoon in the pool and found it feeling dry and brittle? That nasty feeling is caused by chemical reactions that occur between the natural oils in your hair and the chlorine in your pool. Chlorine is primarily put in pools as a disinfectant to protect against E. coli and other bad, nasty little germs that might enjoy a dip in the pool. However, the chlorine also strips your hair of the natural oils it produces it protect itself from daily wear and tear. So, it is SUPER important that we keep as much of those oils in our hair as we can! One product that the TouchUps Team recommends is the Oi Oil.
Oi Oil is an absolute beautifying potion that will leave your hair feeling healthy and moisturized. Simply spray 2 to 3 spritzes into clean, damp hair, gently comb it through your strands to your ends with your fingers or a comb, and you’re good! This oil will form a protective layer around your strands, essentially waterproofing your hair and providing a protective barrier from chlorine damage. I would highly recommend spraying some of this oil into your hair before every trip to the pool or the beach!
Leave-in conditioner is your friend.
Just like the oil, a leave-in conditioner can help create a protective barrier for your hair before getting in the pool! A favorite of ours, and a product that was also featured in our last post is the Oi All In One Milk! This is a very hydrating leave-in conditioner that can be used as a heat protectant as well as a pool protectant! You can also use the All In One Milk as a post-pool detangler! Just give your damp hair a few sprays of this and comb it through your hair with your fingers or a wet brush.
Give it a good rinse! Before AND after…
A good tip would also be to rinse off in the shower before you hit the pool! I know it may seem silly to take a shower before you get in the pool, but it can really help keep your hair healthy. Think of your hair as a sponge; when you take a dip in the pool, your hair is absorbing the water around it that contains harmful chlorine. If you get your hair wet before getting in the pool, your hair will have already absorbed a bit of water, and is thereby less likely to absorb the chlorine-filled water of the pool. (Your skin is also absorbent, so rinsing off before getting in the pool will keep your skin healthier, too!)
Just like you should rinse off before getting in the pool, you should make sure you shower and shampoo your hair right after you get out! Washing your hair after a swim can help remove the maximum amount of chlorine from your hair and prevent damage. If you have colored hair, be sure to use cool water and color safe shampoo! When you brush your hair after a shower or right after swimming in the pool, be sure to use a wide-tooth comb or a wet brush to prevent breakage. When your hair is wet, it’s a little weaker than normal, and much more likely to break if you brush it harshly. Give your beautiful hair the love it deserves!
Work that Updo!
The ultimate way to protect your hair from chlorine is to keep it out of the water! This is especially true if you’re a blonde; no one wants green highlights! Trying putting your hair up in a cute messy bun, braid, or a high ponytail and keeping it out of the water as much as you can. If you have shorter hair and can’t put it up, try putting on a hat, or sticking to using the leave-in before you get in the water! (I know the struggle, it’s okay.)
Hats are cute, too!
If you’re all about protecting your hair color, it’s important to remember that the sun can cause some MAJOR fading if you’re not careful. Bust out a cute bucket hat, ball cap, or one of those wide-brimmed hipster hats to protect your hair and face from the dreaded sun. You can also purchase hair products that provide UV protection, like this one!
Thanks for Reading!
Okay, folks! That’s all for this post. We hope you enjoyed this post, and if you think we’ve missed some important tips, contact us via email or our social media! Be sure to keep up with us on Instagram and Facebook to get the latest info on TouchUps Salon! Don’t forget to #JoinTheBeautyRevolution! Until next time!!!