While being a great attraction for many in the Summer, ocean waves contain minerals and salts that
can be brutal on the hair. The solution of saltwater is easily absorbed by hair shafts that are already opened by sun exposure and/or
chemical treatments. And the seawater continues to force open the cuticle while depositing these minerals and salts that can REALLY
dry out the hair. You only have to dip your head into the ocean, and let the saltwater dry on your hair to feel the dramatic change
in texture caused by even a small amount of exposure.
Rinsing the hair with fresh water after being in the ocean is always a help, and you should do
your best rinse the seawater from your hair as soon as possible, then shampoo and condition once you get to a place where you can.
When enjoying the other popular summer site – the swimming pool – you have to be aware that when a
swimming pool is not properly balanced, metals – such as copper – can be present and will leech into your hair. This is what causes
that “greening” effect many people experience, particularly those with blonde shades of hair. The problem is doubly likely with
those who have chemically treated hair.
Experts recommend using a pH balancing spray to lower the pH level of your hair to an “acidic”
level (usually around 3.5). Doing this creates a barrier to the substances in the water that cause the greening effect. Some experts
argue that this may not be as effective as thought since there is no guarantee that the spray won’t just wash right out.
A better solution is to make sure that you have access to a source of untreated water. If when
you get out of the pool, you immediately rinse your hair using a garden hose or poolside shower, you can minimize the problem by not
leaving the treated water on the hair where it has more time to cause a reaction with your color-treated hair.
You should also keep some Swimmer’s Shampoo and Conditioner on hand to help neutralize the
chlorine left behind in the hair after spending time in a pool. These products are easily found in beauty supply stores and are
worth their weight in gold if you plan to spend a lot of time in the pool. They are also good for use after swimming in the ocean.
Some people, in the desire to keep their hair frizz free in summer humidity, have their hair
chemically treated with Japanese straightening, defrizzing services, relaxers, and even hair color. Unfortunately, all of these
chemical processes can weaken the hair, resulting in hair that is more susceptible to damage from sun, wind and water. The key is
to be aware of this and to treat your hair appropriately.