Have you been putting off that swim in the pool or the ocean because you're afraid of the damages the chlorine or salt water may do to your hair?
"Chlorine strips away the natural oils on your hair, leaving it dry and brittle," says Dr. Melissa Piliang, dermatologist at the Clevland Clinic, who specialises in hair and scalp disorders. Salt water isn't much better: "Like chlorine, the salts in ocean water dry out your hair and damage the cuticle." Ultimately, too many summer swims (you know, if there were such a thing) can weaken strands and cause breakage. Forget #beachhairdontcare, and use these tips to avoid damage.
Put on a moisturising mask
Hair masks have similar moisturising fats and oils as regular conditioners, with one crucial difference: they have more. Once you return from your beach trip (womp womp), shower as usual, then apply a moisturizing mask like Starskin Coco-nuts Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil Mask (RM47, sephora.com.my).
This article first appeared on shape.com