Swimming: 4 tips for looking after your hair22/05/2014
by Kira Walton
Living in beautiful Co. Sligo we are spoiled for beaches. We are lucky to have two Blue Flag beaches—Enniscrone and Rosses Point within driving distance. We also have the beautiful Strandhill beach at our doorstep so unsurprisingly we spend a lot of time in the water!
Swimming is a great way to keep fit and de-stress. There is nothing better than a swim first thing in the morning before going to work for the day. It’s just so refreshing!
My husband, Mark also loves surfing and other water sports here in Sligo. Lately, he’s trying his hand at Supping (Stand Up Paddle Boarding).
Swimming damages hair
Many of our clients will talk to us passionately about their love for the ocean but they will also complain about having dry skin and hair after long periods of time in the water.
The same happens to me. When I come back from a swim, I find my hair is so tangled and dry that I can’t even get a comb through it. And when I do, a lot of my precious hair gets broken off. Going to the swimming pool can be even worse as high levels of chlorine get absorbed by hair. Blondes can end up with a green tint to their locks—who wants that?!
So this week, I have compiled some tips for swimmers who are serious about enjoying the water but also serious about taking care of their gorgeous hair.
1. Before you swim
Take a shower. Wet your hair thoroughly to avoid your scalp drying out while you swim. Also, wear a swimming cap if possible to protect the hair. For swimming at the beach you can even go a step further by adding some conditioner to your hair before you take the plunge. For blondes, a protective layer of either coconut or olive oil can be used to seal against chlorine.
Take another shower immediately after a swim. If you have far to go: rinse off at the beach first and then follow it up with a full shower when you get home.
Don’t brush your hair straight away! Wait until you have shampooed and conditioned it. Regular shampoo doesn’t work for swimmers – you should be using a special shampoo that actively gets rid of chemicals and replenishes moisture in hair.
VOYA Silky By Nature shampoo works best because it contains the purifying properties of wild seaweed combined with vitamins and minerals which give hair back its natural softness and shine.
Our brand ambassador, Windsurfing champion Katie McAnena is a huge fan of this shampoo and uses it as part of her daily hair care routine.
After you shampoo your hair, leave some conditioner in for a few minutes. While shampoo restores your natural moisture balance, conditioner will give it that extra softness and shine. It will also make it incredibly easy to comb through so wait until you have got to this stage to comb your hair.For added moisture and silkiness, try leaving VOYA Forget Me Knot conditioner in your hair for 15 minutes once a week. This conditioner is the business for dry hair: It contains almond oil, sunflower oil and essential oils such as Organic Sweet Basil Oil, Organic Clove Bud Oil and Organic Lemon Peel Oil which leaves hair silky, soft and shiny.
It’s so easy to let hair dry “naturally” after a swim rather than blow drying it. But this can actually cause a flaky scalp so it’s important to blow dry hair fully. The natural oils contained in the Forget Me Knot conditioner such as almond and sunflower act as a protective barrier against heat. To protect even further before blow drying, use a heat protect spray.
Let us know if these tips have helped you regain the natural moisture in your hair. They sure helped me and I swear by them every time I take a dip.
We hope you are able to visit us in Sligo over the summer to enjoy some of our fabulous beaches! In the meantime, happy swimming!