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How to Prep Relaxed Hair for a Day at the Beach

Ah summer. With it comes multiple opportunities to spend time outside. Time at the beach either lounging on the sand or playing in the water. Yes, relaxed ladies. I said playing in the water. Just because you're relaxed doesn't mean you can't get your hair wet. I wash my hair once a week sometimes twice. I swim and even shower without using a shower cap. Nothing bad happens to my hair. In fact, water adds moisture to hair so water can be a good thing.

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.

How to get your hair ready for a day at the beach |

Apply conditioner

Coating 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 braids

Wearing 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.

Use sunscreen

Yep 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 hat

Sunscreen 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.

What are your tips for preparing your hair for the beach?

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  1. Great tips, I didn't know there was sunscreen for you hair, I am going to have to remember that for the future!

    1. Thanks Keoshia. Hair sunscreen was a new thing for me, but I discovered last summer when I was preparing for a trip to the Dominican Republic.