When I left for Belize, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know that I’d see a crocodile from five feet away while motorboating down a river though rainforest. I didn’t know that I’d learn that I’m terrified of snorkeling. I certainly didn’t know I’d try a drink called “lizard juice.” And I also didn’t know that I would completely and absolutely fry my hair.
You know the times you goon vacation and it’s absolutely nowhere near as relaxing you’d expect? I didn’t have one of those. I had a perfect vacation. But I didn’t plan for the crazy amount of salt in the air, and although I had some wonderful shampoos with me, they were no match for the way the sand and salt blasted my bleach-blonde hair. No one reminds you to pack hair products when you’re going on a tropical vacation.
When I got back, the damage was done. My first shower upon returning home was filled with product after product, trying to fix my damaged hair. However, seeing as I’d never been in this situation before, I didn’t know where to start out with fixing my hair. When I turned to the internet, this is what I figured out:
Julien Farel himself had some recommendations too, for before the hair is damaged.
To keep hair from becoming brassy:
"We love all-natural tricks, and a great one for brightening up blonde is to use lemon juice. However, this fruit is only for those with natural blonde or ashy light brown hair, because darker brown hair would turn brassy and orange. For dark brown hair, I would suggest cinnamon or chamomile tea."
To prevent damage at the beach:
"I love the ocean, but salt water will strip your hair color and hair health. In order to combat this, use [a vitamin treatment] before a day at beach. Wet your hair before you head out, towel dry and then add [the treatment] to protect your hair while you’re out enjoying the sun. You can put it in a loose bun or braid under a hat. When you come back from the beach, rinse your hair and you will see and feel the dramatically softer, healthier, and shinier results instead of the effects of salt damage."
Finally, what I wish I'd heard before:
"Do not stop taking care of your hair and skin while on vacation. Since many of us try to maximize fun in the sun, it's important to not overexpose. Travel with a hat and buy travel sizes of your favorites so you can focus on making your memories."