No longer are the limited solutions of the past preventing curly and coily hair types from enjoying fun in the sun, pool, and beach during warmer months. Fortunately, we’re living in a time where the natural hair movement is only continuing to grow, and many women are shaking off their fear of water. Say goodbye to running out of the rain or avoiding the pool at a party. Here’s a quick guide to swimming while protecting your hair:
- Get your hair wet before the pool. It’s recommended that you get your hair wet with clean water before getting into the pool. This prevents your hair from soaking up as much chlorine and other chemicals. Moisturizing sprays or pre-water sheens are also options.
- Add in a protectant. Keratin, coconut oil, and protein help to moisturize strands while minimizing chlorine intake. The Moroccanoil Protect & Prevent Spray is a favorite!
- Rinse. Chlorine is extremely damaging to hair, especially around the temples and hairline. So if you’re not able to shower immediately after the pool, fill a spray bottle with fresh water and spritz, spritz, spritz.
- After rinsing your hair, consider using a shampoo that offers a gentle cleanse without stripping moisture, and finish up with a hydrating conditioner (add in a deep conditioning treatment if you have time).
- The LCO method. It’s very simple: leave-in conditioner, cream, then a lightweight oil. It’s a great way to revive your hair after swimming. It’s a layering technique to quench your hair’s thirst, then lock in the moisture and product benefits by using oil as the very last step. Here’s an example of when it’s helpful to know your natural hair’s porosity.
The swim cap situation: For some, this list can only be enhanced by adding a swim cap. Contrary to popular belief, the typical latex swim cap does nothing but squeeze against your head and doesn’t really keep all of your hair from getting wet. Swim caps can cause tugging and tension near your temples and hairline, which are already sensitive to chlorine. It’s breakage that’s just waiting to happen if you don’t use a protective oil or cream around your edges before putting on a cap.
So, there you have it! Remember these pre-swim and post-swim tips for your next vacation or pool party.