This should be a given, but just like your hair is no excuse for not exercising, it’s also no excuse for not swimming. If you have a relaxer or color in your hair, you’re probably more worried than naturals about what pool water can do to your tresses, but even those whose hair isn’t chemically altered need to come up with a routine to keep their hair healthy when it comes in contact with chlorine and too much sun.
If you’ve been clueless as to how to keep your strands from getting dried out or damaged during this season, here are some recommendations for preventing swimmer damage this summer:
Tip 1: Rinse Hair Before Swimming
When your hair is already wet, it can’t absorb the chemicals in chlorine water which means your hair will be affected far less than if you went in with a dry head of hair.
Tip 2: Apply a Protectant
You’ll want an additional barrier besides clean tap water to protect your hair while you swim. Choose either a conditioner specifically designed for swimming or either a silicone serum that won’t allow the elements to make as much contact with your tresses.
Tip 3: Braid Your Hair or Pull It Back
The more your hair is contained, the less likely it is to absorb chemicals so instead of just wearing your hair down and going all in, tie it back in a bun or braid it down with a cute cornrow style. This will also prevent your hair from getting too tangled while you swim.