If you are a swimmer, especially during the summer months, it can cause your hair to become damaged very quickly. Whether you’re swimming in the ocean, a lake or a pool, the water and sun can damage your hair until it is dry and brittle. In the pool, chlorine helps keep things clean, but it also strips your hair of its natural oils. Don’t let your hair get so bad that you need to chop your hair off and start over. If you swim a lot this summer, here are some ways to protect and revive your hair:
- Try an egg hair treatment. Use one egg, a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of plain yogurt and mix together. Then pour onto clean, damp hair and massage into hair. Put in a plastic shower cap and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
- Use vinegar to cleanse hair and remove buildup. Mix two cups of apple cider vinegar, 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice and one cup of water. Rinse hair with mixture.
- Try a mayonnaise treatment. Wet hair with warm water and then apply mayonnaise right to your scalp. Wrap your hair with plastic wrap and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
- Try an olive oil hair treatment. Microwave ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil for about 20 seconds or until warm. Wear an old shirt or place a towel on your shoulder to protect your clothes. Massage the oil into your hair and repeat until your head is covered in oil. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Then shampoo, condition and rinse as usual.
- If your hair isn’t recovering with natural treatments or treatments you can buy at the store, talk to your hair stylist. You may need a specific treatment, product or a trim.
- Stay hydrated and eat healthy, especially healthy proteins. This combination will help repair your hair’s moisture and strength.
- Try to avoid damage in the first place. Use a shower cap while swimming or shampoo and condition your hair right away after swimming. Deep condition weekly to help keep hair moisturized and strong.
Does your hair get damaged in the summer? Are you a big swimmer? Share with us your story and your favorite way to revive damaged hair in the summer!