pool hair

It’s almost time for pool weather. I don’t know about you but the sight of a pool, the ocean or even a lake makes me want to dive right in. But my hair? Hmmm, that’s another story. Salt, sun, and chlorine can really stress out my strands, often leaving them dry, faded, and knotted. And I’m not confident enough to slip on a vintage swim cap –– if you think you can rock it, be my guest. . . .For the rest of us, I’ve swot up on some tips and tricks for protecting our beloved locks all summer long. Click through to style notes to get the details. –– Michelle Rotbart

Sun Protection

Hair needs UV protection, especially if you want to keep that new dye job. Rays from the sun combined with the heat can actually make hair process further, turning golden hues into a brassy mess. To avoid such issues, use protective thickening lotion throughout hair and wear a hat. Your hair and head will thank you.

Clarifying Shampoo

After a dip in the pool, use a clarifying shampoo. The chlorine and other drying chemicals staying in your hair will do more damage if left in; remove them thoroughly to prevent damage.

Drench In Goodness

Before you cannonball into the water, make sure to drench your hair in goodness. Since hair soaks up whatever you put on it, especially if bleached, make sure to drench it with hair oil or a mixture of conditioner and water, so it doesn’t absorb chlorine and salt water. Just bring a spray bottle with you the pool or beach and spray your mixture on liberally. After you get of the water, rub some leave-in conditioner into hair. This will give you some great waves AND condition your mane.

Tame It

Hair is at it’s weakest when it’s wet. Post swim, hair can get grimy and almost impossible to detangle once it’s dried, this can lead to additional breakage if you attempt to brush it out later. Avoid the mess by keeping you a wide-tooth comb and some leave-in conditioner in your beach bag. Gently work the product in and detangle with the comb. Throw hair up in a bun or braid it to keep it in place and protected.


Special Thanks to Michelle Rotbart for this post. Michelle is a professional trend forecaster for the NYC-based fashion and retail forecaster, Doneger Group

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