Kids love a carefree day at the pool. They have boundless energy for jumping in and out of the cool water. If their hair is turning dry and brittle – straw-like – and hard to manage, here are some easy techniques to keep their hair healthy and manageable.
Chlorine loves children’s fine hair, and build-up can make hair tangled, sticky and even turn hair green. The combination of salt water and sun will leave children’s fine young hair dry and brittle. What’s the answer?
Soak Hair Before Swimming
Before swimming in the pool or even in the ocean, make sure that your children thoroughly wet their hair with plain water. Why? The outer layer of the hair acts like a sponge, so if it full of plain water, it’s more difficult for chlorine or salt water to get in.
Use The Right Hair Products
Since hair, like skin, can be damaged by sun exposure, it is wise to use products that contain sun protection. Products like detanglers and leave-in conditioners often contain sunscreen so that the product can do double duty. Ask your stylist to recommend shampoos and conditions that are designed for swimmers. Regular use will prevent crunchy, gummy, dull and dry hair.
Wear Hats When Not in the Water
The hot sun can be drying and damaging to kids’ delicate hair and scalp. Hats are the fastest and easiest way to add protection. Make sure that the whole family wears hats and let the kids select their own.
Short hair or braids and ponytails
Of course, short hair is the easiest to manage, but young girls have a mind of their own. Long hairstyles are more popular than the short cuts despite the challenges of summer care.
Who doesn’t want to avoid long hair tangles? After a day at the beach or the pool, little girls face the pain and hassle of detangling. Save yourself and your daughters from the inevitable meltdown by braiding their hair before you go. If braids aren’t an option, try ponytails.
Remember, summer is just really hard on hair. If you want to cut down on meltdowns, try using these tips and talk with your stylist about products that make hair care manageable.
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