Summer Beating Up Your Hair? Follow These Expert Tips
Great Summer hair (Photo: Thinkstock)
I just got back from a week at the beach to restore my mind and body: endless dips in the salty ocean, laps in the pool, snorkeling for hours on end. Ahhhh. But my blissful state was upended when I went to see my hair stylist. “So, let me see the damage,” she said. My carefully highlighted hair had lost its lustre — the blonde was brassy, the ends fried.
Note to stylist: I did hear you last time, when you warned me about chlorine after I spent a mere 30 minutes in the pool at that Orlando resort. Understandably, it was highly chlorinated to deal with dozens of children swimming around.
This time, my stylist cried out, “Oh my God! What happened?” I feebly explained I’d been down the waterslide just once or twice. I guess my hair got damp when I rocketed into the water at the bottom of the slide. Who knew that even a tiny bit of chlorine could wreak havoc?
Given that summer still has a little left in it, we have gathered tips from the top New York stylists and colorists on how to save your color and keep your hair healthy — whether you are swimming in the ocean in Costa Rica or doing laps at your hotel pool in Chicago.
Stylist Eva Scrivo (Photo: Eva Scrivo)
Who: The Manhattan stylist who is famous for her perfect blondes
Hair advice: “Oil and water don’t mix, so using natural oils on the hair and scalp, before you swim in salt or chlorinated water is a great barrier on the hair to prevent damage,” says Scrivo. Products to use include Amla oil (sourced from the Indian gooseberry), Neem (also Indian, from an evergreen tree), and sesame oil, the base of many Ayurvedic hair remedies.
And it may not be sexy, but swimming with a cap also makes a huge difference. Scrivo loves Speedo for long hair, since it has a tight fit around the head and extra room — so you can pile your hair on top and keep it relatively dry.
When in doubt, grab a great swim cap! (Photo: Thinkstock)