With the weather getting warmer and days a little longer, that can only mean one thing – pool season is almost here! While we might be getting our fun in the sun (and water) a little differently this year, prepare for those pool days now by reviewing some tips to help protect your hair from the elements and keep it looking great all summer long.
While it’s easy to brush off the worry with a “pool hair, don’t care” shrug, why not instead keep your hair healthier, shinier and maintain that color a little longer with some of these pro tips? After all, let’s face it - we DO care.
Pool hair can actually be a good thing, with these tips.
Presoak your hair
Before getting into the chlorinated water of your favorite pool, protect your hair in advance by presoaking it with regular water. Wetting your hair first lets it soak up the non-damaging water instead of the pool chemicals (or salt water, for that matter). You can even bring along a mini spray bottle or even a water bottle to help presoak your hair, so there’s no need to worry about finding a sink or shower.
Use a leave-in conditioner
Just like presoaking with water, using a leave-in conditioner before diving into the deep end can really do wonders for your tresses. Your hair will soak up all the vitamins and proteins first, in place of chlorine and other damaging chemicals. Another bonus for our fantastic leave-in conditioner? It helps protect against sun damage with a UVA/UVB sunscreen.
Keep it up
Avoid some of the damage from a day at the pool by styling your hair up into a ponytail, cute topknot or stylish braid. Pulling your hair up before heading out poolside will not only minimize the chemical damage from the water, but can also be a great styling opportunity for that new scarf or headband. So, get creative with those summer hair accessories and play around with your summer style. Your hair (and your favorite stylist) will thank you for it!
Use quality products
You can take as many preventive measures as you’d like, but if you’re not using quality hair care products, you may still end up with less-than-fantastic-looking locks. If you regularly swim or expose your hair to pool water or lots of sun, use products that are specially formulated to protect against the elements and that restore shine, add volume and overall make your hair look healthy and vibrant.
Our FS Moisturizing Shampoo helps add strength and shine while smoothing and moisturizing your hair, and also controls fly-aways and split ends.
If you have color-treated hair and are also spending time in the pool or sun frequently, stylists recommend using a color-safe protecting shampoo, conditioner and specialized styling products for colored hair. Try a style prep product like our Style Prep 10 with multiple benefits like detangling, adding shine, preventing breakage and protecting color, just to name a few!
Prep now for fantastic pool hair
Now’s the time to prepare for your summer fun in the sun, whether it’s in your own backyard or elsewhere. Knowing how to protect your hair from harmful damage will help give you some pool hair peace of mind and will keep you looking fantastic in those gram-worthy moments this summer.
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