Turn to natural oils and fruit extracts to keep your locks looking luscious when the weather warms up.
Virginia I. Pelley
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Hair protection sprays with SPF not only preserve color, they can keep hair from getting dried out and porous, says Rittiner. And because they’re so ubiquitous now, finding
a formula that moisturizes while helping
to create a barrier between your hair and chlorinated or salt water—yet isn’t difficult to wash out—is easier than ever.
Conditioner will just rinse out in water, Sebbag says, so to keep blond hair from turning green and all hair from drying out from pool chemicals, wear a swim cap for more effective protection. Before (or instead of) donning your cap, saturate unwashed, dry hair with coconut oil first, Kammins says. The hair must be dry to absorb the oil, she explains. “Never wet the hair or apply conditioner before swimming in the ocean or a chlorinated pool,” Kammins advises. “Wet hair will absorb the chlorine or the salt from the ocean, but the coconut oil will create a natural barrier.” Post-shampoo, use a clarifying product to remove any residual chlorine buildup, O’Meara says.
After a dip in the ocean, put leave-in conditioner in your hair until you can wash it, Sebbag recommends. “Products with any kind of natural fruit oil is preferable to a vegetable oil,” he says. “Fruit oils are dry oils, which are absorbed into hair faster.”
1. Comb Philip Kingsley Swimcap ($25; philipkingsley.com), developed for the first U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team, through hair before hitting the pool for hydrating UV protection that also helps shield locks from chlorine and salt water damage.
2. Shiseido Refreshing Sun Protection Spray SPF 16 ($30; shiseido.com) helps protect hair and skin from UVA and UVB rays in a light PABA-free formula.
3. René Furterer Protective Summer Fluid ($23; renefurtererusa.com for salons) provides a waterproof keratin-protection factor of 90 in a moisturizing formula containing sesame oil and keratin proteins that protect hair without making it heavy or oily.