If the beach is calling your name, we’ve got you covered with the hair-care products you need for fun in the sun minus the damage.

The Best Hair Care for Beach Vacation Getaways

1. Coat your strands with natural oils.

Desert Essence Pure Jojoba Oil on a marble counter top

One of the easiest ways to protect your hair against the ocean is by coating it with natural jojoba oil to lock out salt and chlorine. Before you head out, apply this nourishing essential to your hair as a deep conditioning treatment. Allow at least 15 minutes for it to soak in for best results.

2. Nourish your hair before you soak up the sun.

Leave-in conditioners and hair lotions help lock in moisture to keep your strands looking their best. Coat your hair with your favorite formula before you go swimming to protect against damage while pampering your locks in the process.

3. Avoid shampoo with sulfates.

Lathering shampoos with sulfates can dry out your hair and scalp, which is the last thing you need in the dog days of summer. Choose plant-based shampoos formulated without sulfates for a healthier approach to clean hair.

4. Install a shower filter.

If you regularly shower with hard water, your hair is likely loaded up with residue and mineral deposits that can leave it looking dull. A shower filter can help restore your shine by keeping those bad guys at bay.

5. Incorporate clarifying shampoo into your weekly routine.

Desert Essence Tea Tree Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner

Clarifying shampoos help gently remove excess oil and product buildup without that dreaded drying effect. Use our Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo to help restore your scalp’s naturally preferred pH while leaving your hair bouncy, soft and more manageable.

6. Use a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage.

Messy hair, don’t care? A day at the beach can cause serious tangles, and using a regular brush or comb is likely to result in breakage. Instead, detangle your strands with a wide-tooth comb. This must-have hair tool is a gentler alternative that’s especially ideal for curly-haired beach babes.

7. Look for hair-care products with SPF.

Under the impression that sunscreen is just for your skin? Think again. The sun’s harsh UV rays affect both your hair and your scalp, which is why it’s smart to use hair products formulated with SPF.

8. Rinse your hair before and after you swim.

Woman with long brown hair rinsing Desert Essence Clarifying Shampoo out of her hair

Should you wash your hair after swimming in the ocean? Yes — and before you go swimming, as well. Skip the shampoo, but give your hair a fresh-water rinse prior to hitting the waves. That’s because dry hair is more likely to absorb chlorine and salt, while wet hair is naturally less absorbent. Similarly, it’s a good idea to rinse your hair after your swim to help remove any residual salt and chemicals.

Lathering up instead? The best shampoo for ocean water is one that’s deeply nourishing and hydrating. Our plant-based Coconut Shampoo is formulated to gently remove pollutants while smoothing frizz and restoring moisture and shine.

9. Utilize scarves and swim caps.

The quickest way to protect your hair from the elements is by blocking them out completely with a swim cap. In fact, applying an anti-breakage conditioner to your hair beneath your swim cap is the perfect opportunity to emerge with the mermaid hair of your dreams.