|Swimming with natural hair requires a routine|
Chlorine and salt water can severely damage the hair. They weaken the hair over time by stripping away hair's natural oils.
Here's a fool-proof guide to protecting your natural hair while you're swimming at the beach or at the pool.
1. Wet your hair before your go into the water. I know it seems counter intuitive: My hair is already going to get wet anyway, right? This is true, but wetting it before hand creates a barrier between your hair and the chlorine. Your hair absorbs the good stuff -- the water -- and not the bad stuff.
2. Use conditioner and oil to coat your strands. I'd rather leave a cloudy mess in the pool than to dip my hair unprotected into chlorine. Use a rinse out conditioner and coat your stands with conditioner after wetting it. Follow it with a light coat of oil (coconut, olive, grapeseed) for extra protection.
3. Immediately after you finish in the pool, rinse your hair with water. Follow up with a Swimmers' shampoo. This will strip the chlorine from your hair, protecting your strands.
4. Detangle and follow up with a deep conditioner. Make sure you add protein to your regimen, if your hair isn't protein sensitive.
How do you protect your hair during swim season?