With summer in full swing and a holiday weekend coming up, chances are a trip to the beach is in the cards. As you get that beach bag packed with the standard sunscreen, sunglasses, and juicy summer read, be sure to reserve some space for haircare.
Although letting our locks take a day off from styling is one of our favorite parts about beach days, completely neglecting your tresses might actually be doing more harm than good. To help keep your mane in tip-top shape, we chatted with two hair pros to learn the hair mistakes you never even knew you were making.
1. You're not pre-treating.
OK, we know what you're thinking, "I have to apply product to my hair on a lazy beach day?" But, hear us out. Treating your hair with an anti-frizz product can help keep your hair healthy and photo-worthy.
"High humidity can cause you to gain up to 30 percent of your hair’s weight in moisture, quadrupling the volume of each hair fiber," explains Eric Spengler, SVP of Research & Development at Living Proof. Think a little frizz never hurt anyone? Think again. The same humidity that causes frizz causes hair to become stretchy and more prone to damage and breakage, says Spengler. He suggests spraying a frizz blocker such as Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield to dry hair before leaving the house.
2. You're not covering up.
"Just like your skin, your hair is also made of keratin," says Spengler. "This means that your hair can be damaged by UV light, much the same way it can damage the keratin protein in skin." This can cause breakage, dryness, and frizz. Oh and those "natural highlights" you get from sitting out in the sun? They might look great, but they're really just reminders your hair is getting damaged!
And, if you have color-treated hair, the effect is only worse. "Sun exposure can affect color, creating shades [or] color additions you may not want," explains Schwarzkopf ULTIME celebrity hairstylist Richard Collins. To combat these color woes, Collins says your best bet is to wear a hat or use a UVA/UVB protector. "Think of this as sunscreen for your hair—you wouldn’t forget to use SPF on your skin, don’t forget about your locks!" he says.
3. You're not rinsing.
We're the first to admit that we're suckers for beachy waves. But, turns out, texture created by the surf and breeze might not be that good for you. "Always carry a comb, which is gentler on the hair than a brush, and leave-in conditioner in your beach bag to rinse your hair out at the beach," says Collins. "This will rid the hair of any salty buildup that could take away moisture." Rinsing your hair and applying the leave in conditioner will revive hair, says Collins. Try Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair 11-In-1 Leave-In, which boasts omega oil to tame frizz, calm split ends, and make combing much easier.
What are you beach day hair essentials? Tell us in the comments below!