Sea salt and chlorine: how to properly care for and protect your hair

Summer means sun, sea, and swimming pools! But while we enjoy these summer activities, we sometimes forget that our hair can suffer significantly from the effects of sea salt and chlorine. These elements can dry out, damage, and even discolor your hair. In this blog, we share tips on how to care for and protect your hair against the harmful effects of sea salt and chlorine. Additionally, we’ll show you how Salon B Haircare products, such as the Salt Spray and the Moisture Collection, can help keep your hair healthy and beautiful.


The Impact of Sea Salt and Chlorine on Your Hair

Sea salt and chlorine are notorious for their drying effects. Sea salt draws moisture from your hair, making it dry and brittle. This effect is exacerbated by the sun, which further dries out the hair. Chlorine in swimming pools can be even more damaging. It is a chemical cleaning agent that not only removes moisture from your hair but also opens the hair cuticles, making your hair more vulnerable to damage and discoloration.


Preventive Measures

Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some preventive tips to protect your hair before you head to the beach or pool:

  1. Rinse Your Hair Beforehand: Before entering the pool, rinse your hair with clean water. This helps reduce the absorption of chlorine. The same applies to sea salt; by wetting your hair with clean water, it absorbs less salt.
  2. Use a Leave-In Conditioner: A conditioner like the Moisture Conditioner from Salon B Haircare can be used as a leave-in before you dive into the water. It forms a protective layer around your hair, making it harder for salt and chlorine to penetrate.
  3. Wear a Swim Cap: While it may not be the most fashionable accessory, a swim cap provides excellent protection against both salt and chlorine.
  4. Avoid Direct Sun: Try to limit direct sunlight on your hair by wearing a hat or sitting under an umbrella. The combination of salt, chlorine, and UV rays is particularly harmful.

Hair Care After Exposure

After a day in the sun, sea, or pool, your hair needs some extra love and care. Here is a step-by-step routine to restore your hair:

  1. Thorough Rinse: Rinse your hair immediately with clean, lukewarm water to remove salt and chlorine.
  2. Deep Cleansing Shampoo: Use a deep cleansing shampoo to wash out any remaining salt and chlorine. Make sure this shampoo cleans thoroughly without drying out your hair.
  3. Hydrating Conditioner: Apply a rich, hydrating conditioner, such as our Moisture Conditioner from Salon B Haircare. Let it sit for a few minutes to nourish and hydrate your hair.
  4. Deep Nourishing Mask: A weekly hair mask, such as our Moisture Mask, provides deep hydration and helps repair any damage. Apply the mask to towel-dried hair, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
  5. Protective Styling Products: If you want to style your hair with a beachy look effect without actually going to the sea, use styling products that give you that effect while protecting and nourishing your hair. Our Salt Spray is perfect for creating beachy waves without drying out your hair. It contains ingredients that hydrate and protect your hair against the harmful effects of salt and chlorine.


Extra Tips for Healthy Hair

Besides this specific care routine, here are some general tips to keep your hair healthy during the summer months:

  • Hydrate from the Inside: Drink plenty of water to keep your body and hair hydrated.
  • Healthy Diet: Ensure a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which contribute to healthy hair.
  • Regular Trimming: Get your hair trimmed regularly to prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy.


Sea salt and chlorine can have a significant impact on your hair's health, but with the right preventive measures and care routine, you can protect and restore your hair. Salon B Haircare products, such as the Salt Spray and the Moisture Collection, are designed to nourish, hydrate, and protect your hair against the harmful effects of summer. By integrating these products into your hair care routine, you can enjoy the sun, sea, and pool without worrying about your hair.

Want to learn more about our products or hair care tips? Visit one of our concept salons or contact us. Enjoy your summer and keep your hair healthy and radiant!

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