Happy Beauty Thursday! This has been a really warm summer and many of us are taking advantage of the long summer days by wearing woman swim suit and taking a dip in the pool. Although swimming is a great way to cool down it can cause some havoc on your natural hair if you do not protect your hair effectively. If you are interested in learning how to protect your hair while swimming then keep on reading for all the deets.
7 ways to protect your natural hair while swimming
Thoroughly Wet Your Hair With Water Before Swimming
This will help minimize the amount of chlorine and salt that your hair absorbs, which is known to cause breakage and dryness.
Use A Protectant
Adding a coat of oil or protectant will aid in minimizing chlorine water penetration while moisturizing your strands.
Wear A Protective Hairstyle To Prevent Tangling
From flat twists to buns to braids to bantu knots, the list goes on for protective hairstyles. As long as your hair isn’t out in the elements, it is most likely being protected.
Ditch The Swim Cap
The typical swim cap doesn’t really keep your hair from getting wet. Swim caps can be a bit snug on your scalp causing pulling and tugging of your hair and edges. This can lead to breakage.
Use A Normalizing Or Clarifying Shampoo After Swimming
Immediately after a swim, wash your hair with a clarifying or normalizing shampoo. These will actually remove chlorine and buildup you obtain during your swim.
Use A Deep Conditioning Masque After You Shampoo
Restoring your hair’s nutrients with a deep conditioning masque. This will also help restore moisture.
Use A Wide-Tooth Comb
Avoid using a brush right after your hair maintenance routine after swimming. Using a wide-tooth comb will give your hair a break and detangle without added stress and possible breakage.
How do you protect your natural hair? Let me know in the comments.