It’s one of the great ironies of life: We’re constantly trying to make our hair look like we’ve spent all day in the sun (see the recent "lived-in" hair color trend)—and yet, we want to avoid actually spending any time in the sun because doing so usually leaves our hair feeling distinctly straw-like. Since we’re sure as hell not going to put our forthcoming beach days on hold for the good of our hair (vitamin D—we need it), what’s a girl to do? Protect, heal, and style smartly, obviously.
Ahead, we’re sharing seven tips and tricks that will help keep your (carefully highlighted) strands in tip-top shape through beach, pool, and sun season. From a cold-water chlorine trick to a crucial part of your hair routine that’s missing, keep scrolling to see them all!
The sun isn’t the only thing that can wreak havoc on your hair—chlorine is a main culprit in dried-out strands, too. Here’s a hairstylist-approved hack: Before taking a dip in a pool, next time rinse your hair with non-chlorine water first. Your hair follicle will open and soak up this water, rather than the chlorine-filled water you’re about to submerge yourself in.
So, you’ve lounged in the pool all day, and now your hair is green-tinged. Not good. Luckily, there’s an easy remedy: Just mix a tablespoon of baking soda in with your shampoo and lather away. Or, you could do as the Australians do and use ketchup.
Dull, lackluster strands don’t have to be in your future—and your kitchen pantry can help you out with that. If you feel like your hair color has been fading from your sun-bunny habits, bring it back to life with a simple DIY hair rinse.