We all know that nothing takes you to that summer happy place like the beach or pool. Your hair on the other hand might not be too thrilled to take a dip. Frequent exposure to the sun, salt, chlorine, and perspiration will lead to extreme dryness and cause color treated hair to look dull or change to an unflattering hue. Now, I know that this might be a bit of a bummer if you’re like a fish and can’t seem to stay out of the water. Luckily, I’ve got 10 “swim”tastic hair care tips for swimmers that you and your hair will thank me for.
1. Rinse your hair and apply conditioner from root to tip prior to swimming. Allowing the conditioner to saturate your hair will lessen the absorption amount of chlorine or salt. An alternative to conditioner would be to apply what I call “All Star oils” like coconut or olive oil because they’re all natural and won’t irritate your eyes.
2. Invest in a swimming cap. While they may not be your cutest option, they drastically cut down on water absorption. Also, try adding a plastic shower cap underneath for bonus protection.
3. If you are not too fond of swim caps, then put your hair up in a bun.
4. Take a shower immediately after you finish swimming. Clarification of your hair and skin is an absolute must.
5. Use a swimmer’s shampoo to cleanse your hair followed by a swimmer’s conditioner. This will remove any chlorine or salt buildup, restore balance and moisture, ease detangling, and strengthen your hair. This will also protect blonde or color treated hair from fading or turning green. Apple Cider Vinegar is an all natural alternative to the shampoo.
6. After cleansing and conditioning, follow up with a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized.
7. Use less abrasive fabrics to dry your hair such as a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt.
8. Deep conditioning should be done 1 – 2 times a week. Doing this will keep your hair moisturized and strong.
9. Allow your hair to air-dry whenever possible.
10. Consider wearing shorter hair if swimming is a frequent activity. This will reduce time and maintenance tremendously.
I hope that you took notes on these 10 “swim”tastic tips especially if you or someone you know have a keen interest in swimming. Just remember that swimming doesn’t have to interrupt your hair’s health. All you have to do is simply incorporate these tips into your current hair care regimen. So, go on and be a proud pool or beach bum. You’re free to enjoy your summer happy place while enjoying happy hair, too.