Best Routine for Beach?

Hopefully someone can help...i'm going to Hawaii in two weeks, and I'm wondering what's best for the beach. I'm thinking going in and out of the water and laying in the sun, I will need something to really protect my hair against getting super dry and damaged.

Maybe a heavier leave-in or are there butters/oils that are great protectants against the sun and salt?

My hair is fine 4a and I've been transitioning for 13 months now.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions !
I think your best bet is a heavy conditioner applied to the hair before you take a dip/dive! If your hair tolerates oils, maybe something like Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition to help repel some of the drying salt. I would also take along a good DT to sleep overnight in or use as a regular DT (if you have the time...I would always be on the go, so a sleep DT would be my go-to).
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Thanks !! You're probably right, leaving in a conditioner before I go in the water is a good idea. I'm thinking I should concentrate on putting oil on my ends?

Thanks again for your suggestions !
I'm hitting the beach tomorrow, does anyone know of some type of CG hair sunscreen or something like that? I don't really know what I'm talking about... Lol. I just don't want my color to fade. I'm getting too blonde. Does such a thing exist?
I'm not sure about specific products, but I heard you should get your hair wet in regular water before getting it wet in the ocean or pool because then it will soak up less of the salty or chlorinated water. Then I would apply a conditioner and leave it in while I swim, then wet my hair with shower water or whatever again when I know I'm done and style it or just let it dry and see what happens! Haha. HTH!
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I've been wondering about that too! I know that coconut oil is a good sun protectant.

I'm CG, but afer going to the pool, I never know if I should wash the chlorine out of my hair! (with a shampoo) What do you guys do to take the chlorine out?
I've been wondering about that too! I know that coconut oil is a good sun protectant.

I'm CG, but afer going to the pool, I never know if I should wash the chlorine out of my hair! (with a shampoo) What do you guys do to take the chlorine out?
Originally Posted by proudtobecurly
There is a recipe floating around here for a CG answer to chlorine. It's something like one egg, grated cucumber and about 1 tbsp of oil applied to rinsed hair. I don't remember the details.

I do not know of any hair sunblock that is CG and was told that even though a product may flaunt sunblocking abilities, it really isn't 100% possible. I've heard your only real option is to safeguard it is to have it covered with something, be it a bandana/hat, etc.

Nola, does your hair handle oils well? If so, then I say rock on and seal it. I also agree with the other posters to wet down your hair if possible before getting in the saltwater, then apply conditioner and/or oils. I like the GFTN because it has 3 oils already in the conditioner, so I don't usually have to focus separately on applying oils after applying the conditioner. I'm all about minimizing the steps!

If you handle protein okay, coconut oil is very nourishing and can have a slight sunblocking effect, though nothing like 100 spf.

Huh...I found some that tout sunblocking capabilities. The one I did look at looked okay...not great, but okay. It has a water soluble silicone and polyquat 59 and has PEG oils. The other one, I can't find an ingredient listing.

http://www.bellasugar.com/Wet-Safe-S...ur-Hair-205508

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...is.html?cat=46

And the reason hair sunblock doesn't necessarily work well...
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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Last year when I was in Aruba for 2 weeks, I spritzed my hair down with water and applied leave-in conditioner every day before heading to the beach. Worked great for me - kept my hair in good shape. We're going again for 2 weeks in about a month and 1/2 and I plan to do the same thing.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions !

Sunshinegrrl...my hair does handle oils well, so i think i'm going to lather on the coconut oil I hadn't thought of wetting my hair before going into the wather, but definitely makes sense.

Thanks again.
I'd suggest spritzing your hair with clean clear water first, then applying shea butter to make sort of a physical barrier between the salt water and your hair.
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I saw a sunscreen for hair at Rite Aid the other day. I don't know if it's CG or not.
Product that you probably need are:
- Deep Conditioner
- Co-Wash Conditioner
- Rinse Out Conditioner
- Leave in Conditioner
- Gel
- Anti-Frizz Product (optional)
- Sulfate Shampoo (optional)
I read somewhere for your hair type you should deep condition your hair about 3 times a week.
The beach can dry some people hair out. I know people who condition their hair like normal, and put in a deep conditioner. They leave the deep conditioner in for about 20 minutes ( they let their hair air-dry while conditioner is processing). Or, they put a shower cap and blow dry their hair for 5 minutes.
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As you've already gotten the best advice--saturate with clean water, add deep conditioner or beneficial oil, rinse promptly after leaving salt or chlorine water, deep treat--the only thing I'd add is to consider a heat protectant/UV protectant as well, something you can spritz on your hair over your conditoners/oils or on non-oiled hair if you'll be hatless in direct sunlight. Something like Aveda Brilliant Damage Control. Maybe the Tresemme heat protectant spray does the same, not sure. I think both are CG.
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Thanks for all of the advice

I am definitely going to try a UV and heat protectant. I don't go into the water that much anymore (ever since I got caught in a bad rip current ) but I've noticed my hair dries out really fast when I've been to the beach a lot.I'm guessing it is UV damage?
My college is 5 minutes from the beach and I'm starting my Grad work this summer so I know I'll be at the beach a lot (especially since classes don't start until 5 or 6 at night!) Hopefully I can find something!
Some of you may think I'm crazy for doing this but I do not rinse out my hair after going in the ocean. I live 15 min away from the beach, I just started going more frequently. I scrunch in leave-in conditioner, detangle with my hands and it dries with that "beach wave" look. I did this today and was comfortable enough to go grab a bite to eat with my hair completely dry and loose, I got so many compliments. I would have NEVER done this before going CG, I'm pretty sure it has alot to do with how healthy my hair is now.

Once I get home I rinse out my hair completely, apply Aubrey Organics Swimmers line conditioner and leave that in for 15 min. I then rinse that out, and conditioner-only style my hair with my Deva OneC. I get no frizz for some reason, but I'm not complaining. I like to give my hair a break from stylers for 24hrs after the beach.


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As you've already gotten the best advice--saturate with clean water, add deep conditioner or beneficial oil, rinse promptly after leaving salt or chlorine water, deep treat--the only thing I'd add is to consider a heat protectant/UV protectant as well, something you can spritz on your hair over your conditoners/oils or on non-oiled hair if you'll be hatless in direct sunlight. Something like Aveda Brilliant Damage Control. Maybe the Tresemme heat protectant spray does the same, not sure. I think both are CG.
Originally Posted by MirCurls
Oh that's perfect....i'll definitely add the heat protectant...either Aveda or Tresemme. Thanks so much for the suggestion, I was hoping something like that existed.

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