With all the outdoor activities that come with summer on Long Island, your hair can take a beating. From the salt water of our ocean beaches, the chlorine of our backyard pools and just the searing heat of the sun, your hair can get dry, brittle and bleached out. Don’t worry, the hair care professionals at the best salons on Long Island, Pavlova Salon in Saint James and Wading River, are here to offer you some expert tips on how to protect and replenish your summer-ravaged hair.
Protect Your Hair from Long Island Sun, Salt & Chlorine
While, sadly, summer is nearly over, there are things you can do for the rest of the summer and next year to protect your hair.
Hide Your Hair from the Sun
While this is certainly not always practical, the best thing you can do for your hair in the summer is keep it out of the sun. Stay in the shade when possible, or cover your hair with a hat or scarf if you have to be in the sun. Scarves are back in fashion, so throw one around your neck and pop it up on your head if you have to be in the sun. Carry an umbrella. There was something to all those women carrying parasols back in the day. Not only does a little shade keep you cooler, it protects your hair from the heat and drying effects of the sun. Wear a hat. While a baseball cap with a ponytail sticking out the back can be cute and will protect the top of your head, one with a wide brim will have a better chance of protecting the rest of your hair too.
Rinse and Repeat
We all like to beat the heat with a dip in the ocean or swimming pool, but summer water sports can have some of the most damaging effects on your hair. From the salt in the ocean water, to the chlorine in swimming pools, these activities can dry out, bleach and otherwise damage your beautiful hair. Unfortunately, bathing caps have fallen out of fashion, so it’s next to impossible to keep your hair from getting wet when you’re cooling your body in a body of water. When swimming, whether in the ocean or the pool, do your best to rinse your hair with clean water as soon as possible after getting out. The sooner you can get the chemicals out of your hair, the less damage they will cause.
Protect, Replenish and Rejuvenate Your Hair
Over the course of our decades taking care of Long Islanders’ hair care needs, we’ve learned a few tricks and discovered the best products on the market to protect, replenish and rejuvenate your hair from the most damaging of summer’s nemeses.
Protect Your Hair Before a Swim
Salt and chlorine can have some of the most damaging effects on your hair. If you know you’re going swimming, protect your hair from soaking up the chemicals. By soaking your hair with clean, unchlorinated water and conditioner first before a day at the pool, you can protecting the majority of your hair and avoid a harsh removal process later on.
After a chlorinated swim, always wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo like Eufora’s Pure Cleanse Shampoo, which gently detoxifies your hair from the chemicals of summer. Eufora PureCleanse Shampoo’s unique, non-sulfate cleansing gives a gentle yet thorough cleansing for those with sensitivities to products, scalp conditions or thinning hair, restoring fullness, shine, and body.
Restore Your Hair from Damage
Even when the chlorine only hits the surface, it can still greatly effect the shine of your hair because it roughs up the cuticle (outer layer). Rough cuticles = brittle hair. Be sure to condition well with a moisture-rich mask like Moroccanoil Treatment or Intense Hydrating Mask or Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment.
Moroccanoil® Treatment is the original formula that pioneered the oil-infused hair care category, creating the worldwide buzz on argan oil protects and can help revive damaged hair. Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil, strengthening proteins and shine-boosting vitamins, Moroccanoil® Treatment is a completely transformative treatment that leaves your hair healthy, shiny and more manageable.
Moroccanoil® Restorative Hair Mask is a 5-7 minute revitalizing treatment that quickly repairs hair that’s weak, damaged or color-treated. Its high-performance formula is rich in argan oil and protein to fortify and restructure hair that’s been damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling. It actually infuses protein back into the weakened hair shaft, so hair becomes stronger and more beautiful.
Need More Help? Come See Us
Is your hair already damaged and you need professional help? Has the sun turned your light brown hair into a bright yellow? The hair care professionals at Pavlova Salon in Saint James and Wading River can help. Give us a call in Saint James at 631-780-4862 or Wading River at 631-769-6025.