After a trip to the sea, many have to say goodbye to long curls. Exposure to salt and sun causes hair to split at the ends, get tangled and look messy. We will tell you how to solve this problem.
How does salt work on strands
Sea water is rich in minerals, micro- and macroelements, which have a beneficial effect on the skin and the entire body, but at the same time “kill” hair. Penetrating under the scales, salt crystals destroy molecular bonds (hydrogen, disulfide). This makes them very brittle.
In addition, absorbing salt, the strands become more rigid, dry – they begin to exfoliate not only at the ends, but also along the entire length. Once on the surface of the hair, the crystals act like a lens, reflecting light and destroying the shaft.
Is it possible to save hair? Yes, there are several beauty hacks for this.
Oils and masks
The easiest way to keep your hair healthy and shiny is swim with your head covered and use products with SPF for hair… But if the strands are dyed or chemically attacked, this is not always enough. In this case, other life hacks will help.
Before going to sea, buy any conditioner containing indelible silicones… For example, Dimethicone. This synthetic polymer forms a film on the surface of the hair that does not disintegrate upon contact with water. Apply the product to dry hair before bathing, gather in a bun and only then go swimming.
Do not forget to wash your hair later with deep cleaning shampoo (silicones tend to accumulate and make the strands heavier)
Another easy way is to apply on hair argan oil or shea butter… In addition to protection, they provide nutrition and softening of the strands due to the high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the composition.
Trichologists also recommend carefully blot your hair with a towel after bathing, without rubbing them (if there are salt crystals on the surface, they severely damage the hair).
And don’t forget to leave after! When washing your hair, be sure to use masks with hydrolyzed protein, vitamin E, panthenol and other useful components, increasing the time of their exposure to an hour.
To enhance the effect, you can wrap hair with foil after applying the mask and warm them up with a hairdryer for five minutes…