Get Beachy Summer Hair Without The Damage

Come summertime, we’d never be caught at the beach or by the pool without a big ol’ bottle of sunscreen to protect our skin. But when it comes to shielding our hair, we rarely take precautionary measures. Since sun, salt, and chlorine can wreak havoc on processed and virgin hair alike, we asked stylist and colorist Gina Spencer of Patrick Melville Salon for tips on how to shield strands this season.

1. The Dangers

In order to properly protect hair, you first need to know what it’s up against. According to Spencer, UV rays, chlorine, and salt water can damage all hair types. “The sun makes hair fade, lighten, and oxidize; chlorine and salt water can strip color and natural oils; and chlorine can also leave blondes with an undesired green cast.” Yikes.

2. Create A Barrier

The first line of defense is to put a fortifying layer between your hair and the elements. Spencer recommends applying a conditioner or leave-in conditioner before sun or water exposure, paying special attention to the ends, which are more prone to damage. Multi-tasking products like Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect and Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide also work wonders, as they already have color protectors and UV filters built in.

3. Remember To Rinse

If you take a dip in the pool or ocean, be sure to wash your hair as soon as possible afterward to get rid of chlorine and salt (the longer that stuff’s in there, the more harm it can do). For extra restorative properties, try the GLOSS Moderne High Gloss Masque.

4. No Beach? No Problem

The best way to get sexy waves without sun or water damage? Make them yourself at home. To master the look, Spencer spritzes a texturizer like blowPro’s Beach Blow Texturizing Mist onto damp hair and, instead of using a brush, scrunches strands while blow drying. She then wraps sections of hair around a medium-barrel curling iron and lets the heat set for ten seconds. Continue around your head and finish with a mist of hairspray like Oribe’s Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray.

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