I love to swim. Sea, ocean, pool, rivers, lakes, you name it, I’ll swim in it. But I also love my hair. I damaged it irrevocably by bleaching. Then damaged it further by coloring and styling. So I try to NOT damage it when I swim. To care for your hair before, during, and after swimming, these tips might just save your hair.
Pre Swim Care
. Wet Your Hair
You know when you had swimming lessons, people always ask you to shower before jumping in the pool? Well, aside from hygienic purposes, pre-showers or at least wetting your hair with fresh water really help in preventing further damage to your hair. Wet hair doesn’t absorb any more water, so sea water or water with chlorine doesn’t do as much damage as it would with dry hair. It also prevents brittleness in hair.
Before dipping your mane in water, put a bit of leave in conditioner or normal conditioner to give your hair an additional layer against the harsh wet environment. It washes away slowly, but it gives your hair precious minutes of protected hair. What I do, whenever I get out of the water, I reapply conditioner for longer protection.
. Tie Your Hair
Use a soft scrunchy. Elastics can snag and tear your hair when you try to take them out when your hair is wet. Tying your hair also hinders water to easily go through each strand of your hair. By tying it, you’re basically shielding some parts from being too damaged. Best would be to use a french braid.
Post Swim Care
After swimming, rinse your hair as soon as you can with fresh water to get rid of the salt and chemicals that made it and stuck to your hair strands.
Protip: Rinse with fresh water before untying your hair. Salty/pool water sticks your braided hair together causing a tangled mess if you undo it before rinsing.
. Shampoo and Conditioner
Use baby shampoo for rinsing afterwards. Using harsher shampoos can do more damage to your already damaged hair and do more harm than good. Be sure use conditioner, too, to get back the softness and silkiness of you hair.
Wait a few days before using treatment after swimming so your hair can relax from the stress of the swimming. If you can, use organic hair treatment to gain back the full silkiness and softness and care for your hair.
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