Between salt water and chlorine swimming isn't great for your hair - but let's face it summer has officially arrived and it's vacation season so you're bound to find yourself in the pool or ocean at some point!
Here are our top tips on how to look after your natural hair when swimming:
Before going in the pool or ocean
1. Wet your hair
Wetting your hair before you go in the pool or ocean will ensure that your hair absorbs the water you apply rather than the salt water or chlorine. This is an especially good tip if you have very porous hair. Top tip: Mix a little conditioner into the water that you apply to your hair so that it conditions as it protects!
2. Apply your favorite oil
Applying oil to your hair will help to lock in the moisture you've applied and seal your hair to help stop salt water or chlorine seeping through your hair shaft.
3. Wear a simple protective hairstyle
Minimize tangling by wearing your hair in a simple protective style such as a bun with a flat twist or large single twists. This will make it much easier to detangle you hair when you wash it. Top Tip: Box braids can get very heavy when wet so we recommend that you avoid swimming with them.
After getting out of the pool or ocean
1. Wash your hair ASAP
Chlorine and salt can dry your hair out so you'll want to wash it out as soon as you can to prevent damage.
2. Choose the Right Shampoo
Clarifying shampoos are great for removing buildup on hair which makes them perfect for use after swimming.
3. Deep Condition
Use a hydrating conditioner to replenish hair and replace any moisture that may have been lost due to the drying chlorine or salt water.
4. Seal in Moisture
Lock in moisture by applying oil to your hair and then style as usual. (Of course, we recommend a protective hairstyle).
So there you have it queens, those are our top tips for swimming with natural hair. If you have a vacation planned let us know where you are going in the comments below!