I can’t go on enough about how much I love the beach and the pool, just swimming in general. Swimming is the best work out your body could ever get because it’s never harsh on your joints, especially the knees. It strengthens your lungs and gives you more endurance. Best work outs of my life are some laps in the pool! So here are some tips that are tried and true.
1. Wet you hair thoroughly before you go into any ocean or pool. Your strands will drink up the fresh water giving it way less room to invite that chlorine or salt water in.
2. Grab extra virgin coconut oil and apply a generous amount to your strands. Try to do this at least 1 hour before your swim. The reason I use coconut oil is because it’s very moisturizing and it actually penetrates your hair strands and prevents salt and chlorine damage.
3. Slather a conditioner that contains the ingredient “dimethicone” on top of wet and oiled hair. I like to use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. The cones will create a temporary barrier by coating your strands, which will also prevent the chlorine or salt water from entering. Put your hair in a bun, twists or braids.
***Cones are only bad when you let them build up, so it’s ok to use them, especially in the case of swimming. To get rid of cone build up, you must use a clarifying shampoo. Which leads me to step 4.
4. Get a clarifying shampoo. Use it immediately after swimming because you don’t want to leave the chlorine or salt just sitting there. Clarifying shampoo is the only way to remove deep-down dirt and build up. Use with caution though because clarifying shampoos that are not all natural can strip your hair of it’s natural oils and be very drying. Use a small amount and try hard not to use it more than once or twice a month. I like to use Sof n’ Free Nothing But Clarifying Shampoo. But for an all natural clarifying wash you can use apple cider vinegar (1/4 ACV mixed with 2 Cups of water) or Aubrey Organics Swimmer’s Normalizing Shampoo.
5. Deep condition after you wash your hair. This will help restore moisture. I recommend an all natural deep conditioner, my staples and faves are Camille Rose Algae Deep Conditioning Mask and My Honey Child Olive You Deep Conditioner .
*** Swim caps don’t prevent your hair from getting wet, which seems to be a widely spread misconception. But, what swim caps do, do is prevent your hair strands from going in the pool and clogging filters, they also help prevent water from clogging the ears.
I hope this helps! Happy swimming ya’ll!!! Enjoy the warm weather and be free and swim in the ocean!!!