Swimming With Natural Hair

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With temperatures reaching upwards to 115 degrees, don't let this be you on the side of the pool in this heat.  There is a huge stigma that black women don't swim for fear of what it will do their hair. We naturals know better than fear water. If anything we are at the advantage because wash n' go's are so easy to do :)


Much like relaxed hair, natural hair should always be protected before getting into the pool or ocean. Chlorine and saltwater can be extremely drying so it is important to take any and all precautions not to end up with parched hair. The best thing to do for your hair prior to swimming is saturating it with conditioner. Yes, you read that right: conditioner. 


Start by wetting your hair with regular tap water, gently squeeze out the excess water and then cover your strands with conditioner. Allow the conditioner to sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes before getting into the water. Conditioner acts as barrier to the chemicals found in chlorine and saltwater. That great 'slip' we love in conditioner will ensure that the chemicals 'slip' right off our strands.


After swimming, be sure to shampoo and deep condition to hydrate your strands and style as usual. Now, who says you can't enjoy the water in this weather? Stay cool!