While water can add moisture to the hair, salt water combined with the sun can wreak havoc. So a day at the beach could be a setback in your quest for healthy hair. Don't let it! Take action and do some prep for your hair before you head out into the sun and sand. Here are my key tips for prepping relaxed or natural hair for a day at the beach.
Apply conditionerCoating your strands with a moisturizing conditioner before hitting the salty ocean allows them to absorb something that's good for them instead of a lot of salt water. The conditioner will also help your hair to not dry out too quickly from the heat and sun.
Wear flat twists or braidsWearing your hair in a controlled hair style instead of loose helps reduce friction to your strands. Friction can lead to tangles, dryness and even breakage. Wearing braids or flat twists also helps to lessen tangles that can result from wet hair.
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Use sunscreenYep sunscreen. Your hair and scalp need to be protected just like the rest of your body. You can get this protection from sunscreen specially formulated for use on hair, natural oils like sunflower oil that have UV blocking power or shea butter.
Wear a hatSunscreen can help protect your hair from the sun's rays, but a hat is even better. It not keeps your scalp covered, but you can tuck your hair up under it keeping your hair safe from friction caused by sea breezes or wind.
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What are your tips for preparing your hair for the beach?
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