Sun, sea, salt weaken the hair, make it dry, brittle, arid, dull and give unwanted reflections. Here's how to run for cover
You know, wind-dried beach hair is always more beautiful. The salt creates soft waves and, by drying slowly and without too much wind, even the frizz is kept at bay. In the long run, however, colored hair can suffer from continuous baths.
In principle, at the sea, thanks not only to the salt water but also to the sun, the hair becomes opaque and very dry. Not to mention the color, which tends to fade and bring out unwanted reflections, especially reds, greens and yellows. First of all it is essential to protect the hair with specific products and treatments.
For untreated hair, oils will be sufficient to keep them hydrated, for example coconut or shea butter (shea butter is also fine, but it is more difficult to distribute evenly without exaggerating). Both contain natural protection factors, which envelop the hair and thus manage to slightly shield the rays. They give constant nourishment and hydration, also because sea water is unable to remove them completely, so they remain on the hat even after swimming. An excellent alternative is to use Monoï oil which is none other than coconut oil in which Tiare flowers or Tahitian gardenia are macerated. The result is that of protected hair and an intoxicating scent of flowers and can also be used on the body after a shower to hydrate and perfume it.
For those with colored and treated hair, however, it is better to resort to products specifically formulated for this type. They contain functional substances, vitamins, antioxidants, filters and moisturizing, emollient and nourishing substances that counteract the damage of the sun and salt on the hair as much as possible. In particular they try to make sure that they do not fade and the color is not changed, trying to preserve it bright and without making it turn into unwanted reflections. There are formulations in oil or, for oily or fine hair, in milk and are usually sprays to facilitate their application.
An excellent alternative, however, is always to keep them tied with rubber bands that do not force them too much and do not pull them. Hats, headbands, scarves and bandanas are also excellent, because they shield from the sun's rays and, at the same time, are perfect accessories to give a touch of style to your beach look.
After the day at the beach, it is better to make a regenerating mask
After a day at the beach and continuous swimming, to run for cover against the damage of the sun and salt, it is better to dedicate an extra cuddle to your hair. A pack or a mask is what you need, to buy at your hairdresser or to make at home with ingredients that are found directly in the kitchen.
As for colored hair, it is always better to ask a specialist whether to carry out reflective treatments alone on vacation, having the name and color of the product specified. There are pigments, reflectors, glosses and colored masks that can help to counteract the fading of the hair but, above all, red, yellow or green reflections. Red reflections are very difficult to attenuate with DIY, for red ones a red mask could be recommended, which will neutralize them. The most common to be toned in almost total safety are blondes, so it will be enough to use an anti-yellow shampoo, with a blue pigment, which will eliminate the yellowish patina. Ask your trusted salon and get advice based on your hair type and the type of coloring that has been performed.
For those with no particular needs, however, in addition to the classic treatments to be purchased in the salon or in the proumeria, you can think of some moisturizing and restructuring packs to be done comfortably at home or in the hotel, with few ingredients, thus avoiding filling the suitcase with products.
Coconut oil and olive oil are a real panacea, as well as the aforementioned Monoï, which will help to leave them fragrant. They can be mixed or applied alone to damp hair, leave on for 10 – 30 minutes or, for a real shock treatment, even overnight, but after rinsing off the salt. The hair will be soft, docile, nourished and hydrated. In addition to the oils, however, other ingredients such as honey and a few drops of lemon juice can be mixed to hydrate them and make them shiny and easy to comb. Essential oils are excellent for an aromatherapy effect and for perfuming while aloe has a moisturizing and soothing action, as well as disciplining and is a multipurpose product that can also be applied to the face and body as after-sun.
For hair that is particularly stressed, dry, parched and tested by the sun and the sea, two key ingredients to add to the oil for a rich and full-bodied pack are egg and avocado. Beat the egg until it has a homogeneous consistency, add the oil (preferably coconut, the olive has a more pungent smell) and season with essential oils to prevent the smell from bothering you too much. Apply to the hair and let it act for at least half an hour, then proceed with the shampoo to remove any residue. Don't have time or way to buy all the ingredients? Buy a jar of mayonnaise, the effect will be very similar!
For the avocado wrap, on the other hand, choose a ripe one and mash it with a fork until it becomes a smooth and homogeneous cream. Add oil, honey and aloe gel for a boost of hydration. Apply evenly over the entire length of the hair and on the skin, where the aloe gel will have a calming and soothing effect. Let it act for half an hour, then also in this case rinse thoroughly and proceed with washing.