Chlorine is a VERY effective drying agent, which is a nightmare for any hair type (especially for us curly naturals)! Mixed with the sun, it makes our curls very thirsty for moisture because it strips away the oils in our hair. Here are a couple of tips to keep all your hard-work on your curls not go to waste and still enjoy the water this the summer!•
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR:
A little bit of effort goes a long way when it comes to protecting your beautiful locks from the sun and damaging chlorine. You can choose what’s most convenient to you.
Tip 1: BEFORE you swim, wet you hair and condition it! || Think of it this way, your hair works like a sponge. If it’s filled with water already, it reduces (by a lot) the amount of chlorine pool water being absorbed into the hair shaft.
Tip 2: Apply a Leave-In Conditioner or oil! Leave-in will be absorbed into the hair shaft, leaving no room for chlorinated water to get in. Put oil in a spray bottle and spray it onto your curls. Coconut oil protects and seals the hair cuticles and helps your hair retain moisture by sealing moisture into the hair shaft. Because oil and water don’t mix, the oil will repel the chlorinated water!
Tip 3: Cover your hair with an athletic cap. Probably the least attractive option, but if you’re planning to swim every day this summer or if you’re an athletic swimmer, it’s unhealthy to wash your hair everyday so avoid that by covering it.
Tip 4: AFTER your swim, wash your hair with a sulfate-free cleanser or shampoo in warm water to prevent the chlorine or salt water from staying in your hair. Also, the warm water will open the hair shaft, allowing you to clean from inside. You can finish with a cool water rinse to prevent frizz and enhance shine.
= OGX coconut oil weightless hydrating oil mist =
= Any sulfate-free and moisturizing shampoo or cleanser = - 15 hours ago