Damaged hair after the beach/pool and sun exposure


Swimming is known to be really relaxing and all, but is it worth losing your hair over? In Dubai, swimming is one of the remedies for its high summer temperatures and during winter, the beach is still always packed. Prolonged and continuous exposure to the salty water at the beach, chlorine in the pool and the scorching sun is a combination that leads to breakage, shrinkage, bleaching and complete undergrowth. This hair damage is noticed immediately and if ignored, progresses to further ruin the hair. In this piece we will establish how to deal with having swimmers hair and the little and big tips to use.

"Hair can't repair itself, we have to put back in what was taken out"

Remedies for bleached and beachy hair

Simple tricks like using a hat, a swimmers cap, coating with coconut and olive oils go a long way in blocking the effects of the sun, that of salt and also chlorine in the water. Also, deep conditioning masks, leave-in conditioners, hair oils, serums, and sunlight protective sprays will also do the trick. Remember to also wash your hair after swimming just to be safe. Note these are all ways of preventing bleached and beachy hair and not to correct it. 

Corrective measures at Home:

If you already damaged your hair as a result of exposure to chlorine, salt water and the scorching sun. You can restore the hair back to its original form before the damage to some extend using hair recovery and repair treatments at home.  Most of the salons in Dubai offer Sulfate Free Shampoos from Alfaparf or Kerastase to help with length and thickness restoration. "Hair can't repair itself, we have to put back in what was taken out," Jack says. 

If your hair feels dry and even crunchy, he recommends using an intense hydrating masks like the Kerastase Masque UV Defense Active mask and the L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Solar Sublime Masque. Apply the mask after the shampoo and dry with a blow dryer on medium. Once hair is warm, allow the mask to settle for another 10 minutes before rinsing. Use weekly to see quicker results.

Corrective measures by Professionals:

If your hair color has faded or changed due to exposure to chlorine, sun, etc. you should visit your stylist to help you decide on a course of action and specific products to use at home in order to get your color back where it started. "Different hair colors react differently," says Jack when asked how women can "fix" color at home. He warns that taking matters into your own hands could leave you with less than desirable results.

A lot of the times customers experience split ends as a result of exposed hair. This can be caused by a whole host of issues, including heat styling, which we all are doing more and more (especially when battling summer humidity). Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of split ends is to trim them off or they'll continue to split. 

"Different hair colors react differently"

Salt and chlorine can turn a blonde and a redhead into a brass head says Jack. In order to restore your hair color to its former glory, we recommend heading to the salon for a Color Boost Treatment or a Color Correction. They are less costly than getting full color and will restore the tone of your original hue while adding shine. Once your color is repaired, use color protecting shampoos and conditioners 

Having damaged, bleached, shrunk and thin hair is never a good look on anyone. Your hair however will not recover by itself, you will need to make a conscious effort in its restructuring. At MIKE & JACK, we are licensed to do this and more.

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