Summer Series & Article Spotlight: How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming + videos and pictures!


Hey naturals! Summer is almost here…..and i am sure you  all are ready to hit up the ocean, pools,amusement parks and more to stay cool. Want to know some ways to protect your hair while swimming? I know i sure did when i first went natural, because i was worried about the chlorine etc. in the water and if it would damage my hair or not… But over the couple years I’ve been natural, I learned that there is always a way for our hair to manage in all situations.

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There is a pre-swim regimen and a post-swim regimen that coats and protects the hair to prevent dryness,damage and major frizz from chlorine and sea salt. Now for me i also love to use a swim cap along with these regimens because it prevents the water from having to much contact with the hair, however if you have longer hair this option is still possible but you will have to do a twisted or braided protective style and make sure that it is as flat as possible so that the cap will fit and there are other options as well besides wearing a cap. This is a great thing to know especially if you have children.  Below are directions on how to protect your hair while swimming, rather you are in a pool or at the beach this is going to do wonders for your wavy,curly,kinky natural hair!

PREPARATION (before swimming):

  • 1. SATURATE YOUR HAIR WITH TAP WATER-  Drench your hair with regular tap water by using spray bottle or in the shower because doing this before swimming will soak up less chlorine (or sea salt) than if you was to go swim with dry hair.


  • 2. APPLY A PENETRATING OIL –   Apply a ton of coconut oil all over your hair and scalp before going swimming, this will provide extra protection against chlorine or sea salt (For even more protection apply coconut oil the night before,twist and wrap hair up for the night then just wake up the next day,soak hair with water again and continue the rest of the steps below). You can also apply castor oil same as you would the coconut oil.


  • 3. COAT HAIR W/ CONDITIONER or SERUM(optional)– Then coat your hair with either regular conditioner,a cream leave in conditioner or a serum (this will create a barrier of protection between your hair strands and the chlorine).  Some people prefer to skip this step and just stick with just applying the coconut oil or their shea butter/coconut oil mix as a barrier and coat because they do not want conditioner to be all over their body or in their mouth tasting it while swimming [yuck].


  • 4. PROTECTIVE STYLE HAIR- After creating a barrier on your hair strands then its time to style your hair for the pool. It’s best to avoid leaving your hair loose as this may cause your hair to tangle or become matted which is more work for you after. So try quick styles like a high bun,pin &  tuck or 1-2 large braids/flat twists,  If you have even more time then put into as many single twists or braids as possible then pin up so you won’t have to worry about your hair hanging down making you hot  (If you have to wear your hair loose then you cannot skip adding the conditioner or a thick oil such as castor oil as explained in step 3 above to be safe).


  • 5. WEAR A SWIM CAP(optional)– You may also put on a swim cap if you like, this will create even more protection by making sure most of your hair will not have any contact with the water and remain dry. You may get edges wet so be prepared to pay lots of attention to that area after swimming for post hair care but at least it wasn’t your whole head and if the cap is not possible for you to do or you just not feeling it then you can always skip it altogether.


POST SWIM CARE (after swimming):

  • 6. SHAMPOO HAIR- Rinse thoroughly with water then shampoo,you wanna make sure that it’s a clarifying shampoo (especially if you used a shea butter/coconut oil mix as you barrier) to make sure there is no build up left behind. You also want to make sure that the shampoo you choose is 100% vegan,sulfate free and/or paraben free. There are tons of swimmer friendly shampoos out there that are perfect for natural hair of all types.  Here are a few great shampoos to choose from –>

    ION Sulfate free Swimmers shampoo


    EverSleek Reparative Sulfate-Free & Silicone Free Shampoo


    Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying sulfate-free shampoo


    Malibu Well Water Clarifying Shampoo, 100% vegan and free of sulfates, parabens and gluten.


    Moroccan oil Color-safe Clarifying Shampoo Sulfate-free


    Nothing But Clarifying Shampoo

  • 7. CONDITION- Condition your hair as usual, you may do a hot oil  or deep conditioning treatment if you feel its needed then moisturize & style as you desire (you need to put back as much moisture as possible, i recommend the L.O.C method after conditioning).


*****NOTE: Even if you have micros,box braids,kinky twists etc. already in your head you still want to follow steps 1-3 for prep and all steps for post swim to make sure your hair underneath is still getting the protection and treatment it needs)*****

 These links below are some of the best I’ve found and they should help too. Good luck and have fun this summer! 





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Please share your thoughts and/or advice on this subject below in the comments! Have a great summer…… 


About MrsElegantlyNatural

Adventures Of Living Relaxer Free While Loving Me! ☆Natural Hair Lover ☆SkinCare,Beauty & Fashion Explorer ☆FitMOM ☆Eczema and PCOS Fighter✊

Posted on May 3, 2014, in ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT, CHILDREN & TEENS, Curly Hair, Natural Hair, NATURAL HAIR CARE, SUMMER SERIES, Tips & Tricks and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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