How To Really Help Sun Damaged, Salty, Dry Surf Hair.
A lot of people lust over the idea of “surf” hair. The sunbleached tips, the wavey style, the effortless look. Realistically, if you are living with surf hair, it can be far from ideal. For those of you that have hair so crusty you can snap it, hair that is thinning, dying and so dry your head becomes a flammable hazard, then this article is for you.
Eat Vitamins that are conducive to hair health
What you put into your body will have a direct impact on what happens to the outside. So we may as well start looking after our hair by building up our bodies response to damage from the inside.
Vitamin A is a vitamin that’s necessary for proper cell growth as it can assist the production of oils on the scalp. This can prevent hair from drying out and breaking. Foods which contains vitamin A can include dark leafy greens, carrots, spirulina, pumpkin and the list goes on.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant which both repairs and builds tissue, including the tissue of your hair. Foods that include vitamin E are almonds, avocado, seeds, broccoli ect.
Biotin assist the body to break glucose and proteins into amino acids. Considering your hair is made up of proteins it makes sense to include this vitamin into your diet. Biotin can be found in mushrooms, salmon, eggs, and peanuts.
B vitamins basically affect everything in our body. Without them, our body cannot function at all. These vitamins promote the growth of cells and cell division – which we need if our body wants to spend those cells on the growth of hair!
While protein isn’t a vitamin, it is essential for your hair. The reason being that hair is mostly made of protein. If you aren’t eating enough your body will not be able to feed your hair follicles, forcing it to become brittle and dry.
Wear a surf hat
By covering up the top of your head you are preventing the sun from shining down and drying out your scalp. Pretty simple really. Ever hour away from the sun is an hour that you hair is not exposed to those harsh rays which will dry those locks right up, especially in combination with salt water.
Don’t use a straightener
If there is one thing you should not do it is this. Applying direct heat (including blow drying) to your already fried hair is a terrible idea and not worth it. It will literally burn it to the point of no return. I have straightened my hair in the past and actually smelt burning hair. It wasn’t fun.
Avoid over washing – let your natural oils do their thing
Washing your hair every day will only dry it out and force your body to stop using it’s own natural and nourishing oils. Try and wash your hair 3 times a week and give your body the chance it needs to protect your hair naturally. Plus you will save money and help the environment.
Avoid copious amounts of products
Most products are filled with chemicals which will only further irritate your scalp and crustify your hair. If you are a fan of products, try and go easy on them, and use that money towards gas for a surf trip 😉
Make a natural hair mask
This mask is intended to be used when ever your hair feels super crusty and dry (even more so than usual.) You will only need 1 x avocado, half a cup of coconut milk and 1 table spoon of olive oil. Basically just blend these ingredients together until mostly smooth, apply to damp hair and caress through your scalp and ends. Leave it for 20 – 30 minutes and rinse out. If you just want a little top up for your ends every once and a while, trying dabbing them with coconut oil pre or post surf.
Since I will never suggest you cut down on your surfing hours, I would highly recommend these tips above. Protecting yourself from the sun when you are not in the water is always going to benefit both your skin and your hair, and will allow you to save more energy for surfing.
Ruby @ The Surf Box
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