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Summer Time: Chlorine & Sea Salt Hair Issues

Summer time is great!  Everybody is traveling and doing outdoor activities.  Swimming, long days in the sun, and tons of sun screen.  Oh and let’s not forget crispy hair.  So a lot of people tend to go for a lighter hair color in the summer, but ruin it after a few days at the beach or in a chlorine filled swimming pool.  Of course if you have children you’re fighting tangled rough hair.  So here are some remedies you can do on the go or at home to help your hair.

Remedy #1:

Strip your hair.

I strongly advise herbal tea rinses mixed with a bit of vinegar to strip your hair of chlorine.  Brew a cup of herbal tea.

Suggested Herbs:

  1. Calendula and Chamomile for Light Hair
  2. Rosemary and Nutmeg for Medium Hair
  3. Rosehip or Rose and Hibiscus for Shades of Red
  4. Sage and Nettle for Dark Hair

Allow it to cool.  If you have dark hair, add 1/4 of a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).  If you have light hair, add 1/4 of a cup of White Vinegar (ACV).  If your current hair color falls in the middle, I would advise ACV.  Once the vinegar of your choice is mixed in, flip your head over a sink or bath tub and pour the rinse over pre-cleaned damp hair.  Though it may seem odd, this will soften your hair in preparation for conditioner.  Allow the rinse to soak into your hair for about 2 minutes.  Rinse and condition as usual.  If you don’t condition your hair regularly, don’t use this.  It can and will dry out your hair.  It will also strip on added color you have in your hair if it’s not remotely close to your natural color.  Do not do this more than once a week unless you are trying to lighten your hair color.

Remedy #2:

Be nice to your hair.

Add a little lime to your coconut and it’ll be alright.  No seriously.  Throw some Avocado in there too while you’re at it.  The Lime is a nicer stripper for colored hair when it is combined with Coconut Milk and Avocado.  This mix is best for fighting issues with Sea Salt because it’s not strong enough to get all the Chlorine out of your hair in one go.  The Avocado and Coconut Milk will help soften your hair and add the moisture back that the Lime strips out.  Depending on how much hair you have, get a 1/2 of cup of Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk, a 1/4 of an Avocado, and 1 juiced Lime.  Mix it in a blender if you can until it’s in a creamy consistency.  Apply it to clean damp, not wet, hair.  Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or longer.  Rinse and style as usual.  This mix is great for children because it can sting, but not like vinegar if it gets in their eyes.  This can be done 2 – 3 times a week, but usually once a week is enough.

Remedy #3:

Replenish and protect.

If you have oily hair, you may not want to try this option, but being in the skin also drys out your hair’s natural oils.  So take some Organic Coconut Oil, allow the sun to melt it down for you.  Pour out a 1/4 to a 1/2 a cup of Organic Coconut Oil.  Add 3 drops of Lavender Oil, 3 drops of Rosemary Oil, and 2 tbsp of Castor Oil.  Place this mixture in clean damp hair.  Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or more.  Rinse out with warm or as hot as you can stand water for a few seconds.  Just long enough to get the excess oil off your scalp and strands.  This will keep your hair from being flat.  Style as usual.  You can leave this in your hair or rinse it out.  Either way this oil mix will fortify your strands and form a protective layer on your hair.  It will also give your hair some shine.  Now keep in mind that the protective barrier does allow water in and if you are in chlorine or salt water most of the week, this should be done at least twice a week.

So comment, like, share, and tell us your remedies that have worked to combat Chlorine, Sea Salt, and fun in the Sun.  Tschus!

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