Summertime equals swim time, but how much thought do you give your hair? Of course, we all know sun and chemicals can do quite the nasty number on skin, but keeping your locks better protected is as easy as one, two, three:

  1. Rinse with tap water. Whether you're hitting the beach or dipping into a pool next door, it pays to rinse your hair before you dive in. Hair that's already wet soaks up less chlorine and sea salt than dry hair, so this simple step is predive prep.
  2. Just say no to shampoo. However, don't wash up before you enter! While water helps you out, shampoo can strip your hair of the natural oils and other grime that can act as a barrier between hair and chemicals.
  3. Consider leave-in alternatives. When I visited local lakes during Summers home, we always applied a bit of conditioner before we jumped in. This protects against damage while you're swimming, and reduces dryness and keeps hair tangle-free once you get out. To be more ecologically friendly, use a leave-in conditioner after you're out of the water.

These easy steps, along with sun-shielding, hair-care products, let you save your waves (or straight hair) when you hit the water this season. Surf's up!