Beach Hair...Don't Care!
So, I am sitting on the beach with my freshly polished toes curled in the sand. I have almost successfully tuned out the hum of people around me. My hair is almost dry from my dip in the ocean, so I decided to take a selfie. I can't help but wonder what makes beach hair so fabulous?! Why won't my hair do this when I decide to be lazy at home and allow my hair to dry on its own!?
I would post my selfie but my camera was pointed the wrong direction and caught this instead.....
THE SCIENCE BEHIND BEACH HAIR!... THE SHORT VERSION
I am not a science teacher, but I did learn some interesting things in Cosmetology school that explains all this magic perfectly! I will keep this short and sweet...
Our lesson for today goes like this...
Your hair's water content is what makes it stretchy, elastic, and moisturized. Also, similar to your skin and the rest of your body, your hair can become "dehydrated" and dry if too much moisture is lost through evaporation. Due to the high salt content in sea water, when ocean water evaporates it leaves your hair even more dehydrated, dry, and brittle. Ocean water also leaves behind a glorious mixture of salt, minerals, and a dash of fish poo...voila! Nature's own texturizing hair gel!
HAVE NO FEAR! A CURE IS HERE!
As much as we love our dehydrated, salty beach hair, we unfortunately can't make it a permanent thing without risking breakage and the dreaded Frizz...or moving to Hawaii! So its as simple as this... bring a leave-in conditioner (preferably with UV protection) to spray through your hair throughout the day to lock in the moisture without taking away from the salty texture! My favorite is Colour Fanatic by Pureology. It has 21 benefits and provides the protection and moisture your hair needs to keep it healthy while enjoying your vacation.
WANT TO BRING THE BEACH HAIR HOME?
•Check out Redken Fashion Waves Spray or Redken Beach Envy Volume Spray! Both of these fine products that replicate the salty feel.
•If you enjoy DIY, here's a recipe for salty hair... minus the magical fish poo! Nobody can exactly duplicate the 'beach waves formula' that the ocean can give you, but this one is pretty darn close!!