Swimming and natural hair: Tips for the pool

Written by Rosalyn O

Just a few steps will prepare you so that you can enjoy the benefits of swimming and instead of simply sitting on the side line looking cute, while minimizing damage caused by swimming in chlorinated water.

  • Before entering a pool, wet your hair so your hair will soak up the initial water instead of the chlorinated water.
  • When swimming where a cap to protect your hair from chlorinated water, if you choose not to wear a cap make sure you shampoo and condition your hair right after you are done swimming.
  • Apply coconut oil (unrefined is best) prior to getting in the water (preferably the night before). Hair will absorb the coconut oil strengthening the hair shaft thus providing extra protection against the chlorine. Is there anything coconut oil can’t do?
  •  Do not leave your hair out – one big braid or a bun will keep hair from becoming matted or tangled.

Hope this tips was helpful. xoxo

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