Why you should care about your hair
(incl. DIY Beach Hair Spray)
Gorgeous hair all summer? Hell yeah.
Adding even more steps to your beauty routine? Nah. Oh, come on… Beach Hair Care is a real thing and here’s why it’s so important.
We know that being out in the sun is bad for our skin. In fact we’ll feel pretty confident about the whole sunscreen thing, right? But what about our hair? With the warm sun and the summer unfortunately comes summer hair damage! We put it through enough every day, so the last thing it needs is even more damage. After spending time in the sun, together with an overdose wind, saltwater, or chlorine, your hair can be brassy, frizzy, dry, or brittle.
So… doesn’t the sun only affect people who color their hair? No way, Jose! The sun's rays bleach both artificial and natural pigments, so it’s extremely important to stay protected when you're outside. Sun damage on dyed hair is indeed more noticeable, but it still affects everyone and even those who aren’t lightening their hair should protect it. Boy or girl, old or young, smooth black hair or sunny beach blonde hair… No matter the color, the sun will react with your texture, ultimately resulting in a dryer appearance. In its worst form, damage causes the ends of the hair to split and breakage can begin. When hair dehydrates it becomes brittle and when it becomes brittle you get split ends that go up the hair shaft and cause fuzziness. By the end of summer hair can become so dehydrated it looks and feels almost like it has been fried.
Forgive us for adding extra steps to your summer beauty routine, but paying attention to protecting your mane is a must for beautiful mermaids and handsome beach boys. A sunny day at the beach or laying poolside calls for a few essential rules:
- Frequently trim (at least every six weeks) your ends to prevent split ends from traveling up the hair strands and damaging the rest of the hair.
- Choose a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, because these formulas don't contain harsh color-stripping detergents that are often used in other shampoos.
- Apply deep conditioner to wet hair and thoroughly comb it through before heading out. This offers great hair protection, because the heat from the sun will open the hair cuticle and help the conditioner to do it’s magic.
- After a long day at the beach, coat your hair with a deep-conditioning mask that helps nourish sun-parched hair. I just lately tried the After Sun Daily Mask from the Fekkai Summer Hair Line and it worked wonders, but if you don’t want to spend so much money (it’s not the cheapest), simply use coconut and argan oil. All you have to do is soften some coconut oil (I used a small mixing bowl and a fork) and then drizzle a little bit of argan oil in it. Then apply the mixture, one section at a time, to your hair.
- Overnight treatments are your best bet. Sleeping with a moisturizing hair product or the DIY coconut argan mask will provide maximum help.
- Before heading out in the sun, use some hair sunscreen. It protects your locks from becoming brittle and dry and will add an extra portion of shine and moisture. No worries, hair sunscreens won’t leave your hair feeling greasy at all. Most products come in a spray form to spritz in throughout the day. I’m a big fan of the Aveda 'Sun Care’ mist. The product promises to protect your hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours and even though my hair is naturally blonde it really needs this sun shield.
- Instead of washing your hair Monday through Friday, which can dry it out very easily, skip shampoo every other day and use a dry shampoo to keep fresh look.
- What about wearing a sun hat? There are so many different options of hats, caps or even head scarfs, it shouldn't be a problem to find a cute one for your outfit.
- It’s best to use a very soft towel or even an old t-shirt instead of a coarse, nubby towel when towel-drying your hair. The softer material will prevent your hair from getting tangled and damaged. You can buy special towels made just for towel-drying hair and after I first tried The Ultimate Hair Drying Towel Wrap I was totally in love, because you can see and feel the difference. Give it a try, you can easily send it back if you don’t like it (but I highly doubt that!).
- Allow your hair to air dry to really give it a break, or at least limit the use of the blow dryer and flat iron. The best way is to step away from using heat styling tools for a while. If you really have to use these tools always apply a heat protectant beforehand. You can also opt for our DIY Beach Hair Spay that doesn’t require heat and can easily transition your hair into soft beachy waves.
Beach Hair Spray… The Behlster Way
80 degrees is officially too hot for blow-drying and heat-styling, but I still want to add some texture and movement to my hair, so I douse my hair in my DIY Beach Hair Spray. Of course, I could easily buy a similar product, but this one is just too easy and simple to make at home. The coconut oil in the spay adds the perfect dose of moisture to combat the sea salt’s drying effects.The zinc is optional, but we live in California and think it’s a good idea to sneak in potential sun protectors at any opportunity.
1 small plastic spray bottle
Don’t get one that’s too big, since you shouldn't leave this baby on the shelf too long. I use it within six weeks or lose it after. As always, avoid putting your fingers in it and keep the lid on. The salt works as a preservative and you don’t have to put it in the fridge, but if you want to make a bigger batch that’s your best way to keep it fresh.
1-2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
For the case that the coconut oil starts to separate over time or when you store it in the fridge, simply warm the bottle under hot water and shake the bottle.
1 Tbsp hair gel
I always sneak some from Josh, because I usually never use hair gel.
2 Tbsp sea salt
1 tea bag of green lemon tea
It adds a great fresh smell to your spray
1 tsp zinc oxide powder
1 1/2 cups warm water
Steep the green tea in the water for at least 5 minutes and then let cool for a bit. Now combine all ingredients in the plastic bottle and shake well to dissolve. Generously spray damp or dry hair with your new beach hair spray. Just allow to air dry for a beachy look or if your hair is naturally super straight like mine, simply braid your hair and keep it like that until it’s dry. That’s it!
Well, hello, beach beauty!