Between the wind, sun, and the salt water the life of a mermaid interested in having beautiful locks is tough. Here are a few tips to keep your locks looking fresh.
The fly-aways on the top of my head are the worst problem. They end up looking like a tornado by the end of the day and with extended sun exposure the hair is too damaged to brush out and breaks. This has left me with an interesting hair do over the years and almost convinced me to chop all my hair off and be done with it.
Sun protection -
With kiteboarding and surfing my hair has extended exposure to the sun. UVA and UVB rays damage the outside cover of the hair the cuticle. The cuticle helps to hold the natural moisture of your hair in and is what gives the hair a healthy shine. The best way to protect your hair from the sun is to wear a hat.
wear a hat, dogs love it
They make floating hats now!! A brimmed hat has the added bonus of protecting your face and eyes from sun exposure as well.
Wind and Salt water protection -
The wind blowing through your hair combined with the salt water will create the worst kind of tangles. While the hat will prevent much of this from happening on the top of your head, you also have to protect the long locks. My best recommendation is to wet your hair with fresh water before your session - This helps to saturate your hair with “good water” and keeps the salt from the water and air out. Also, use your favorite brand of biodegradable conditioner or use a small amount of coconut oil.
My next recommendation is on how to tie your hair - I have tried braids, pony tail, pony tail with extra ties down the tail, and the bun. The winner is the bun. Tuck your hair ends under the hat to keep the wind off.
Hope this helps. Now get out there and ride!!