So why aren't more black women hitting up the pools? Wait. Don't tell me. You don't know how to swim. Nope, not a good answer. Lessons at the Y are affordable and available. No one is saying you need to ever be Michael Phelps in the water, but knowing how to swim might save your life one day. Oh, I'm sorry. You do know how to swim? My bad. Then what's your excuse for not swimming more often, especially when you're on vacation for goodness sake? Of course! You don't want to get your hair wet. Look, I hear ya. Dealing with our hair on a good day can be a pain, add in chlorine and it's doubly so. But it doesn't have to be impossible. Here are a few tips for maintaining healthy hair before and after jumping in the pool.
1. Leave-in conditioner
Before swimming, saturate your hair with water which will prevent your hair from absorbing as much chlorine. Apply a protectant like Ion Swimmer's Leave-In Conditioner just before swimming to form a protective layer between your tresses and the harsh chlorine water.
Don't even think about getting into chlorinated water before putting on your swim cap. Have a head full braids or extensions? No worries. This large swimming cap is available for all of us who like BIG hair.
After your dip in the pool, use a swimmer's shampoo like Aubrey's Organics Swimmer's Shampoo to safely remove the chlorine from your hair. While chlorine can be great for keeping a pool sanitary, it can be extremely damaging to our locks. Don't skip this paraben and sulfate-free shampoo.
Add moisture back to your hair by using a restorative conditioner. A good conditioner after swimming in chlorinated water can help repair dry, damaged hair. Give Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner a try.
Looking for a deeper condition when you get home? This Coconut Oil Hair Mask deeply hydrates, moisturizes and conditions. Who doesn't love coconut oil?