How do people handle going into pools or going to the beach? Are you slapping on a ton of sunscreen or wearing a hat in the pool? I really would like to ditch my ballcap but sun exposure seems to be a real problem. Any thoughts?
Pool Owners, Beach Vacations?
Posted 25 April 2017 - 02:20 AM
Two things to consider:
1) Pool :Sun & Chlorine.
- Be sure to apply SPF30 (preferably higher), waterproof sunscreen/sunblock often if you're planning on spending time in a pool
- Chlorine is a contributor to fading, but again unless you're bathing your head in it for hours all the time, it shouldn't be much of a concern but just keep it on the top of your head (pun intended)
2) Beach: Sun
- Same as above, apply waterproof sunscreen/sunblock frequently
My 3rd session was done end of April 2016, and I went to Cuba for 7 days at the beginning of June 2016. I did the above and experienced no fading, and I spend most of my time under the sun, in the pool and in the ocean. Even without SMP, however, I do give my scalp and the rest of my body some relief from the sun from time to time. This is a good practice regardless.
Posted 25 April 2017 - 05:23 PM
Thanks! I've seen conflicting reports in this forum. Some are concerned walking to their car from work and at least one person has gotten a pretty deep tan after SMP. Glad to hear you were about to enjoy the hot Cuban sun with a little precaution and not experience any fading. That's what I'm looking for...leaving behind the careful preparation involved hair fibers and avoiding sweating/water. Tired of caring so much about every hair having to be in exact place to pull of an illusion.
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 09:02 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again. SMP is not cheap, so it's a financial investment no doubt. But the intent of SMP isn't to create more anxiety and inconvenience - quite the opposite if you ask me. I take about as much precaution with my scalp now as I did pre-SMP. If anything, I don't work as hard at the beach/under the sun to get a tan anymore because I don't need to get my scalp darker to hide my horseshoe!
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Posted 08 May 2017 - 04:50 PM
I swim quite often and in the 4 years since my treatment was done I've never used protection in a pool and had no fading from it. But I generally swim breast stroke and front crawl without putting my entire head underwater. The sun is another matter however; if swimming somewhere very sunny I would definitely use waterproof SPF 50. Water will amplify the effects of the sun which is why people can tan faster at the beach.
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