One of the key memories I have from all my beach holidays, from family holidays in Cornwall to the first trip i had away from my family aged 17 in Mallorjca is tinged with the feel of lemon juice in my hair. I loved, and still love the smell- even though I know putting that strong an acid on my hair and bleaching it in the sun probably isn't the best for long term care, seeing it change colour in a week was pretty cool and made me feel like a surfer not a landlocked Yorkshire lass. But there's more to summer hair care than lemons- but here's a list that is still as natural!
1. Cover up!
Putting a scarf over you head is the chicest, and most effective way of protecting your hair. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. Plus reduces split ends caused by blustering winds and sun damage. Plus, silk scarfs are very on trend at the moment, here are a few of my favourites:
2. Wash less often
Washing your hair daily strips it of it's natural oils, and imbalances the natural oils on your head, often causing them to over produce. Try just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid of some extra oil. Use a natural dry shampoo to make it go longer. Another quick fix is to dab a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel along your scalp to dissolve excess oil.
3. Reduce the heat
stay away from the blow drying, your hair has been through enough!. Avoid straightening too, as it will further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, you're hair will be more susceptible to frizz turning this time any way
4. Homemade spritz
You can make a home made hair spritz using water, aloe vera juice, and avocado oil. Keep it on hand to spritz whenever a bit of moisture and/or control is needed. You can also add argan oil is you're feeling indulgent and need that extra hydration.
5. Condition ALWAYS
You can make a natural conditioner using Rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted in water for a quick natural conditioner. Use some coconut oil or shea butter (careful with this, since it can be heavy) to smooth, de-frizz, and moisturise your locks after washing. You can also use weekly oil treatments, such as the award wining TJK Hair Oil, which you rub into scalp and hair, and wash out the next morning. This hair oil was a recent winner at the Natural Health Beauty awards!
6. Green not your colour?
If you’re a blond who turns green after splashing in the pool, try rinsing out your wet hair with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and 2 cups water to get rid of discolouration and dullness. If you get your hair we before going in the pool, it won't absorb as much water either!
7. Hot oil rinse
Coconut, olive, and avocado oils are good at penetrating the hair shaft. Shampoo hair as usual, then work in oil from ends to roots. Rinse, then condition as usual. Keep rinsing until your hair feels moisturised but not greasy, as these are heavy oils and you have to be a little persistent washing it out!
8. Fake it till you make it
One blogger recommends this homemade sea salt spray, made with 1 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp coconut oil, mixed with water in a small spray bottle. Spray and scrunch to get that desirable wavy beach look. The coconut oil will counteract the dryness of the salt.
9. Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush
when you hair is wet it is at it's weakest, so use a wide-tooth comb whilst your hair is dry- or use gently whilst wet.