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Holidays, summer, sun, beach: A torture for hair & skin - HairWeb has valuable tips. 

Sun dries out hair

Especially during your summer holidays, at the beach and trips in Southern countries can be extremely harmful to your hair. As your skin builds up pigments your hair does the opposite: it looses it's pigments.

If you do not treat your hair well it will dry out, loose it's colour and your hair will become dull, brittle and impossible to style.

Hair mainly consists of proteins and water. Swimming in lakes, seas and especially in the pool's chlorinated water will influence the humidity level. Wear a bathing cap in pools or salt water.

About half of the proteins form a spiral in the centre of the hair, called "alpha-helix", which is responsible for giving the hair elasticity and tension.

The alpha-helix is not UV-resistant. That's why the hair looses it's natural elasticity and it weakens..

Normally each hair contains 10% water - regardless the hair type. The sun reduces the percentage of water. Particularly in the summer your hair needs a high humidity level.



"Hot" summertips for smooth hair


Before you dive into the pool's chlorinated water you should moisten your hair with "normal" water (e.g. in the shower). So the wet hair cannot take on much chlorine. After having a swim always take a shower and remove salt and/ or chemicals.


Just as with our skin the "summer hair cut" needs some kind of "sun protector". A (sun) hat or scarf might not look that fashionable, but will protect your hair from UV light. If you have long hair you could also braid it.

UV rays will fade coloured or bleached hair. If you go to your hairdresser it is better to choose a shade darker during the summer.

Especially after a day at the beach you should wash your hair. (not with very hot water as it will dry your hair out even more). Our advice is to use shampoos and conditioners with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba, panthenol and keratine.


Eat lots of fruit! Fruit and also vegetables contain vitamin A and B, which are important vitamins to keep your hair healthy.

UVA rays can also burn and damage an unprotected scalp. Try a sun protection factor (minimun factor 20) or wear a hat or a cover-up.

Give your hair a break during the summer. Do not blow dry your hair on too hot a setting or even better: let your hair dry naturally.
8. If you have extremely short hair you can also use a normal sun protection product. It will protect your scalp and hair but can be oily and sticky.
9. Avoid sunbathing between 11.00 - 15.00 hours.

Do not damage the hair by using rubber bands. Use only soft fabric tie-backs for your hair. When you remove a rubber band, it takes lots of hair with it. You can also use a hat or braid your hair, so it will further minimalise damage.

Never brush wet hair. Instead use a wide-tooth comb.

(Bleached) Blondes watch out!

Help, my hair turned green!

After swimming in the pool bleached blonde hair ocasionally can turn green. Many people think it is caused by chlorine, but the green discoloration comes from swimming in pools with copper plumbing! Mineral deposits of copper from the plumbing are dissolved in the water and then cling to the hair shaft (source: Cutis, July 1995, pages 37-40).

If the hair has been bleached blonde it is damaged and has more absorbency to hold the copper-bearing water and turns really green. It will disappear after several shampoos or you can dissolve a vitamin C tablet (Ascorbinacid) in lemon juice. Another solution can be to wash your hair with a dissolved aspirin tablet (Acetylsalicylacid/ ASS) in water.

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