Surf or Swim? It’s Time to Oil Up!

Surf or Swim? It’s Time to Oil Up!

Love swimming and surfing, but hate what they do to your hair? This all-natural hair remedy rooted in Ayurveda combats chlorine, salt water and UV damage to leave hair silky, shiny and strong. 

Is your hair looking a little green?

Any swimmer out there knows how amazing it feels to get in a pool and start doing those laps. It invigorates your mind and energises your body. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for your hair. You know that brittle, frizzy feeling – not to mention that greenish tinge and the smell of bleach? “Swimmer’s Hair” at its best is an irritating thing. At it’s worst – it does serious damage to your hair and scalp. Is there a long-term solution? Yes – there is. And it’s an all-natural, zero chemical elixir that’s rooted in Ayurveda and especially designed to revitalise your damaged hair.

Swimmer's Hair

What is "swimmer's hair"?

According to the Urban Dictionary:

Swimmer’s hair is extremely dry and damaged hair caused by exposure to chlorine and extended hours in the pool. Sometimes even green because of the chlorine.

Pool water is treated with chemicals such as chlorine and bromine that are very harsh on your hair and scalp. Chlorine can also irritate your skin, making it red, flaky and itchy. Over a period of time, it can leave your hair looking like dry hay.

According to Thought Co.com

“Pool chemicals, especially chlorine and bromine, react with the sebum and oils that protect your hair, leaving the hair's cuticle exposed. This allows other chemicals to react with your hair, such as copper compounds, which can give your hair a greenish tint.

Your hair also becomes more susceptible to damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays. The ultraviolet radiation breaks the bonds in keratin, the protein that makes up hair, causing roughness and split ends.

We all love that feeling of the sun on our skin, and an outdoor swim is the perfect energy boost in the summer. But you need to make sure that you pre-empt the damage that it does to your hair.

Sun Fried & Salt Dried?

If you’re a regular surfer and or just a beach bum who loves the sun, sand and sea, chances are that between the salt water and ultraviolet radiation, your hair is getting dried out as well.

Swim or Surf? It's Time to Oil Up!

 As Laura Enever on Billabong’s International Surf Team puts it:

When I was 14 years old, I literally just had to cut off all my ends because I was just a frizzball from the sun, like I absolutely killed my hair.”  (Harper's Bazaar)

Regular exposure to ultra-violet rays without any kind of protection will definitely damage hair over time and also cause it to discolour because UV radiation breaks down melanin (which provides the colour pigment) in your hair. For natural blondes, this is even more important, because blonde hair is a result of having a lower quantity of melanin in your body.

Surfer's Hair Sun Damage

So, how does Malavara's Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir work?

While regular coconut oil is a common go-to for many surfers and swimmers, Malavara’s Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir is far more effective. It contains a potent blend of natural oils, further enhanced by healing “hair herbs”, whose benefits have been well documented by Ayurvedic practitioners for centuries.

Malavara Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir

The elixir is a blend of Coconut, Moringa, Sweet Almond and Sesame oils and has a molecular structure that's small enough to penetrate the hair shaft and scalp. Moreover:

  • Coconut oil especially is a terrific sunscreen for your hair.
  • Moringa oil in particular helps to make dry hair lustrous and luxuriant.
  • Sweet Almond oil releases a healthy dose of natural vitamins that stimulates hair growth.
  • Sesame oil is key to protect against damage to your hair by harmful UV rays.

This special blend is further enriched with Hairy Basil Root – the miracle hair care herb, and enhanced by healing herbs like Bhringraj, Brahmi, Amla and Vetiver, which stimulate micro-circulation, thus promoting hair growth right from the root.

Three Reasons Why Hairy Basil Root is so miraculous

  1. It’s full of super-charged phyto-nutrients that have been enhanced in a Swiss Lab to optimise their active compounds.
  2. It literally “feeds your follicles” and makes them grow stronger.
  3. It repairs collagen, reinforcing the dermal structure on your scalp, strengthening each strand.

The ability of each of these herbs to heal your hair is well documented by Ayurvedic science. The fact that the herbs are further blended together in rigorous lab conditions, optimizes their strength and creates a powerful elixir for damaged hair.

Tangled Thiols?

Are you one of those people who suffers from post-surf sticky hair and knotty tangles after it dries out? Dragging a comb or brush through your hair only seems to make it clumpier? That’s probably because the thiols in your hair are becoming oxidized.

Hairy Basil Root might be what you need, because it’s a potent anti-oxidant that can help to prevent the thiols in your hair from oxidising to form sulfonic acid causing knotty tangles, which break your strands.

 According to researchers at Stanford University:

“There is a chemical group on hair called a thiol. When thiols are unoxidized, the hairs slide easily across each other. When the sun oxidizes those thiols, it is a whole different story.

When a thiol group is oxidized to a sulfonic acid, the hairs tend to stick together more. So you get tangling that can't be repaired.Once the thiols on hair have been oxidized to sulfonic acids, there's really no going back. All you can do is to treat the hair with conditioners and wait for new hair to grow in.” 

Pre-empt broken keratin bonds, tangling thiols and split ends, by massaging a small amount of Malavara’s Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir into your hair before jumping into the pool or hitting the surf. Our specially designed dropper releases just the right amount to massage onto your hair shaft or scalp by releasing oil into your parting from the top of your head to the nape of your neck.

Natural & Eco-Friendly:

Many hair-care treatments, conditioners, and remedies contain chemicals that are not only harmful for your hair in the long run, but also toxic to corals and other marine life. Malavara’s Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir is an all-natural formulation that has no parabens, benzophenone derivatives or propylene in it.

Swim or Surf? It's Time to Oil Up!

Malavara's coconut and sesame oil ingredients are completely natural and have excellent properties that prevent your hair from UV damage. Apply a few drops of our hair elixir and then braid your hair, to keep the oils in, before stepping into the water. After you’re done with your swim or surf, simply rinse it out. Instead of dry, sticky hair that clumps together, you’ll find that it is smooth and silky to touch.

Our hair elixir is also chock-full of vital, all-natural vitamins for your hair. It contains a healthy dose of vitamin A, B6, B12, and E which are all necessary to promote luxuriant hair growth and scalp health.

So before you hit the pool or the beach this summer, order your own stash of Malavara’s Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir. Click on this link to buy it now and give your hair a welcome boost.

Malavara Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir



Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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