Every natural dreads wash days, and let along add swimming to the equation. Well we hope that the below tips help you out in making the whole process easier. But remember try out the different things to see what works best for you. Not all methods apply to everyone.
1. Add sealants before swimming to hair: The reason for this is that it gives your hair a nice coating to minimise direct contact with chlorine and salt depending on where you swim ( the beach or a swimming pool). Good examples of oils include Coconut, Jojoba, Avocado etc, these are oils that penetrate the hair shaft easily and oils such as Grape Seed oil, Carrot oil and Macadamia oil have natural SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Try using Virgin Coconut Oil by Cocozania or Alinda Nursery Virgin Coconut oil or Jojoba oil and Macadamia by Mamado.
2. Add a leave-in conditioner or oily sprays: Some of these products have a special protective coat formulated with UV protection to filter out the harmful rays of the sun and water resistant emollients to reduce chlorine absorption while swimming leaving hair soft, moisturized and less tangled after swimming. Next time you go swimming, try Kinky Curly Pool Party and Natural Coconut & Monoi Intense Shine Oil Mist by Design Essentials.
3. Twist your hair into a protective style: Twisting your hair before going into the water will minimise combing and detangling after swimming since your hair will be in small batches and nicely tucked away. Make sure you hair is fully detangled before twisting.
4. Wear a swimming cap: One of the best ways to prevent chlorine or salt damage to the hair is to use a swimming cap while swimming. It will significantly decrease the amount of chlorinated water that goes into your hair, potentially causing damage to your delicate strands. Remember, natural hair is at its most delicate state when it is wet.
5. Co-wash your hair after swimming in the ocean or chlorine water: Shampoos tend to be very drying thus we would advise you avoid them straight after swimming. Apply a generous amount of any Pre-poo or conditioner of your choice followed by moisturising technique L.O.C Method.
6. Should co-washing not work for you: Then try using clarifying shampoos and conditioners followed by oils and creams that have natural ingredients such as aloe Vera and natural salts that aid in moisturising the hair. Some of the best clarifying agents that we can recommend include Apple Cider Vinegar, Aubrey Organics and Bentonite Clay.
7. Do not blow dry your hair: Added heat will increase damage to your hair. Use towel, T-shirt or drip and dry your hair for as long as you can.
8. Wear protective hair styles on the beach: Make sure you spray your hair with a moisturising spray and keep it braided, twisted or pulled back to keep the sun from drying it out while on the beach. However we recommend that you clean and deep condition the hair before you apply your protective style to infuse moisture and create a barrier from either chlorine or salty water.
Make sure you moisturise your hair at all times whenever you plan on going for a swim whether in a swimming pool or at the beach.
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