As temperatures rise in Arizona, one of the best ways to cool down is to take a dip in the swimming pool. Swimming is fun and also its a great full-body workout that’s easy on the joints, and makes you leaner, healthier, and more active. Though swimming is great for your body, the chlorine used in the pool as a disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria in the water. This keeps you from getting sick from E. coli and other disgusting germs, but it also strips out the natural oils that protect your hair from damage and daily wear. So here’s a few tips to protect your hair while cooling down in the swimming pool.
1. Rinse Thoroughly
Before you jump in the pool, rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. Why? This helps slow down the absorption of chlorine because your hair is like a sponge, and will take on less water when it’s wet . So, hop in the shower or rinse your hair over the sink so ensure it is saturated with regular tap water before hopping in the pool.
2. Apply Coconut oil to the hair.
Coconut oil protects and seals the hair cuticles. It also helps your hair retain moisture by sealing moisture into the hair shaft.
3. Apply a conditioner
After the hair is saturated, apply a conditioner. Use conditioners that are for dry, curly, damaged, or chemically treated hair. Apply a generous amount of the conditioner to hair, making sure to coat the length, roots and scalp. Conditioner will not only moisturize the hair, it will also help protect the hair from the harsh pool water. Do not rinse out the conditioner. We want the the conditioner to protect your delicate hair strands!
4. Go for a Swim
Don’t leave the hair out! Put the hair into one big braid or bun. For shorter hair wearing your hair in several twists or braids. This helps prevent the hair from becoming tangled and matted. To fully protect the hair wrap the hair with saran wrap and cover with a swim cap. Even if a bit water gets into the swim cap, the hair is well-protected.
5. Cleanse The Hair
After swimming, rinse out the conditioner and pool water for at least 3-5 minutes and use a cleansing conditioner for those who choose to swim daily. Shampooing curly or kinky hair daily can be detrimental to the hair causing excessive dryness. Using a cleansing conditioner will cleanse the hair without stripping it you are ready to shampoo. It is recommended to use a chelating shampoo ( Come in and check out our product Phyto organics Kelate Puirfying Shampoo. Its perfect for swimmers hair and its also color safe!) it helps to fully remove chlorine and salt from the hair.
6. Apply a Deep Conditioner
Apply a super moisturizing deep conditioner to the hair in sections, cover with a plastic cap and let penetrate for 20-30 minutes.
7. Seal and protect the hair cuticles
Sealing and protecting the hair cuticles helps the hair retain moisture. Great oils and butters to use are coconut oils and shea butter. Hair creams that contain natural ingredients are the best to use. (We carry amazing leave in conditioners, Nexxus Phyto Organics Luxxtress leave in hair moisturizer and Enjoy conditioning spray that restores nutrients. These products helps to protect against environmental stress so hair continuously glows with a lustrous healthy sheen.)
8. Use a Low/No Heat Method of Styling
To combat dryness, try air drying the hair in braids, twists or a bun or try setting your hair on roller, rods or curlers and allow the hair to dry overnight or air dry during the day. Try, if possible, to avoid using both a blow dryer and flat iron or curling iron as the direct heat is especially drying to those who swim regularly.
Hope these tips help!