Who doesn’t love a day out at the beach? The rocking waves, beautiful sands, and shining sun create the perfect setting for a day of fun and relaxation. But as much as we adore the beach, our hair might tell a different story.
The combination of salty sea water, wind, and sun can leave your hair dry, tangled, and damaged. This can deter you from enjoying your favorite seaside activities, leaving you feeling self-conscious and frustrated.
Fortunately, the right damage-free haircare routine will ensure that you enjoy your beach days without worrying about damaging your lovely locks so you can continue flaunting them with confidence. This quick guide will walk you through the essential steps of damage-free haircare after a day at the beach so you can make every beach trip a stress-free and enjoyable experience.
Rinse with Fresh Water
The first step in post-beach damage-free haircare is to rinse your hair with fresh, clean water to remove excess salt and sand. Salt from the ocean can be detrimental to your hair’s health, stripping it of its natural oils and leaving it dry and brittle.
As soon as you leave the beach, rinse your hair thoroughly under running water. This simple step helps remove most of the salt and sand that can cause damage. A good rinse also prepares your hair for the subsequent steps in your damage-free haircare routine.
Use a Spornette Classic Nylon Cushion #21
Brushing your hair with a Classic Nylon Cushion #21 brush from Spornette to quickly work through tough knots and tangles of your hair. The soft rubber cushion absorbs the “shock” of brushing, helping to prevent breakage and damage and leaving you with beautiful hair.
Remember to be extra gentle around any knots or tangles to avoid causing further damage. The wide-spaced bristles of the Spornette Swizzle brush are ideal for gently detangling wet hair without pulling or breaking it.
Use a Gentle Shampoo
After combing out any tangles and knots, wash your hair with a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo to remove any remaining salt and sand. Make sure to choose a moisturizing and nourishing shampoo that will help replenish your hair’s natural oils.
However, don’t over-shampoo, as this can strip your hair of the remaining natural oils it needs to stay healthy. Wash your hair just once with a small amount of shampoo, and then rinse thoroughly.
Mask Your Hair
Never settle for just shampooing and conditioning after spending all day in the sun. A nourishing hair mask is a must-have in your post-beach, damage-free haircare routine.
After shampooing, apply a hydrating hair mask to replenish the lost moisture and nutrients. Leave the mask on for up to 20 minutes to allow it to deeply penetrate your hair strands before rinsing out with lukewarm water.
For extra hydration, cover your hair with a plastic wrap or a shower cap, then wrap a warm towel around your head while the mask is on. This will open the hair cuticles and enhance absorption, leaving your hair feeling soft and hydrated. It also repairs hair damage caused by the sun, salt, and sand.
Apply a Deep Conditioning Treatment
Once you’ve washed out your hair mask, follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. This step is crucial in providing extra moisture and repairing any damage to your hair.
When applying the conditioner, focus more on the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. These areas tend to be drier and more damaged.
Leave the conditioner in for about 20 to 30 minutes to let it work its magic, and then rinse it out with lukewarm to cool water. This will help seal the hair cuticles, trapping moisture inside and leaving your hair glossy and smooth. Remember, for the best results, it’s recommended to use a conditioner that’s designed to work in tandem with your shampoo.
Apply a Moisturizing Leave in Conditioner
After towel drying your hair, apply a moisturizing leave-in conditioner to help lock in moisture and tame any frizz. Leave-in conditioners also protect your hair from further damage, making them essential in any damage-free haircare routine.
Choose a lightweight formula that won’t weigh down your hair, and evenly distribute it through your damp strands using a wide-tooth comb. Avoid applying too much product, as it can weigh down your hair and make it look greasy. Once applied, let your hair air dry or use a diffuser on low heat to prevent heat damage.
Avoid Heat Styling
After a day in the sun, your hair is likely to be dry and damaged. So, it’s best to avoid using heated styling tools such as blow dryers, straighteners, or curling irons for a few days.
Instead, opt for air drying your hair or using low heat settings on your styling tools if absolutely necessary. This will minimize further damage and give your hair a chance to recover from the day’s exposure to the sun and saltwater.
It’s also a good idea to use a heat protectant spray if you need to use any heated styling tools. Remember, dry hair is more prone to breakage, so it’s essential to take extra care and be gentle with your hair during this time.
Finish with a Texturising Spray
Finish your damage-free haircare routine with a texturizing spray for a beachy, tousled look. This will add volume and texture to your hair while also protecting it from the sun’s harsh rays.
Look for sprays that contain nourishing ingredients like sea salt or coconut oil to help repair any damage caused by the sun and saltwater. Simply mist it over your hair and scrunch with your fingers to create effortless, beachy waves.
Get Your Post-Beach Hair Care Routine Right for Healthier Hair
Implementing the above damage-free haircare strategies can greatly mitigate the harsh effects of the sun, saltwater, and heated styling tools. By following a routine that includes the above steps, you can maintain healthy, vibrant hair even with frequent beach visits. Remember, the key is giving your hair the care it needs to recover and using products that nourish and protect.
So don’t let a day at the beach ruin your hair. Instead, enjoy your beach time and leave the hair care to us. Remember, Spornette brushes are at the heart of every great hair care routine. Designed for any style you want, they’re the perfect combs to help manage your post-beach hair, keeping it looking fabulous and healthy.