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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.
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 –>
- 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!
CLICK LINKS TO READ THE FEATURED ARTICLES—>
PRE & POST SWIM VIDEOS–>
SWIMMING PROTECTIVE STYLE IDEAS–>
WOULD YOU GIVE THIS A TRY? WHAT IS YOUR NATURAL HAIR SWIMMING ROUTINE/REGIMEN?
Please share your thoughts and/or advice on this subject below in the comments! Have a great summer……
FRIZZ, SHRINKAGE, FRIZZ, SHRINKAGE…………….
When it come to your natural hair do you experience major shrinkage, and if so are you a shrinkage lover or hater? For me its whenever i do wash and goes my hair gets the most shrinkage and only then is when it bothers me alot more versus when i do other styles. I personally love and prefer styles that promotes elongation because it usually keeps my hair detangled as much as possible.
Now that being said, it doesn’t mean that i try to avoid shrinkage like my life depends on it either. When i where an out style and i happen to get frizz or shrinkage from the summer weather,being active or from working out; i don’t get super mad and irritated with my hair because i know that its just my hair and that’s what it does sometimes so i except it and move on. I even run into people asking me questions like – do your hair grow? Isn’t that hair irritating to deal with? or the ultimate famous one – why don’t you just get a sew in weave until it grows out longer?…. I mean its not that serious, LOVE YOUR HAIR PEOPLE! We have to take the good with the bad and learn as we go. Im not against weaves or anything either, im a huge fan of switching it up but im not in noway going to do it as a way to cover up my hair and i will make sure whatever im doing to my hair that it will be as safe as possible for not only my hair but for my body as a whole too.
I know some of you naturals be like “I cannot take it anymore” and be ready to cut it off or avoid certain styles because of this issue and i am here to tell you to make the best of it and keep a scarf, accessories or pins on hand to dress it up a bit while your on the go and enjoy your funky style because what that shrinkage and/or frizz is good for, is giving you some major personality while changing your style up without not even noticing it. So if you know that your gonna be active or working out then make sure to wear a protecive style with your natural hair, if your to stressed for time to do some quick twists or braids then something as easy as a bun,pineapple, any updo or pin and tuck style will help maintain frizz and shrinkage (at least keep it from being noticeable). But if its warm or moist outside or if you just have to wear an “out style” such as a wash-n-go or twist out then be prepared for shrinkage and have that good old scarf or accessory on hand to jazz it up.
I think most people are more worried about how they look and what people are saying than knowing their beauty no matter what and just excepting their hair and what it does. Believe it or not but alot of people admire our natural hair the most when its frizzy and when we think it looks a hot mess. It’s like a special secret that you only know, I say as long as you know how long your hair is and the progress you have made thus far then that’s all that matters at the end of the day, you do not have to prove yourself to nobody else.If you want to show off your progress then document with photos,vlog or even blog about it and show the world but don’t feel that your hair have to be perfection daily and that you have to reveal your length at all times because its not worth the stress,struggle or the disappointment. Again, this is for you naturals who rock your hair in its kinky/curly natural state most of the time.
So im going to end this off by saying …. Embrace your natural hair and its ups & downs, know your beauty, and most of all make the best of it during those hard times.
ROCK THAT SHRINKAGE WITH ELEGANCE AND CONFIDENCE !
My Attempt at doing Crochet Twist’s on my daughters hair using the “SuperNatural Twist” method by Janette!
This is a late post on a hair style that I attempted few months back for the holidays. I wasn’t able to post due to me having computer issues, but I did take pics so that I can share this with you all. I always loved all the cool crochet styles and wanted to try them on myself at one point as well but since the holidays was coming and my daughter needed another protective style; I decided to go ahead and do a crochet style on her head. The questions was “so what style do I want to go with?” After researching online and finding so many cute crochet style ideas I ound it hard to make up my mind…. until I ran into this amazing channel by this woman who was not only passionate about what she does as a stylist but she had her own technique using the crochet method only this time it was with TWISTS! She call them “Supernatural Twist by Janette”. Yes I was amazed, it was quicker but mostly it was safer on the hair not puling on it or causing to much irritation to the scalp or hair. This style can also look even more natural if you add singles to the front and/or to the back hairline and the rest crochet style but either way I think its just a great style! Below ill show you some pictures of my daughter Aaliyah’s hair and some insight on the style process, sorry I wasn’t able to make a video.
Here are all of the products and tools that I used for this hairstyle. The hair was Afro Soul Bulk by Femi Collection color #2. I used the Lock & Twist Gel by Organic Root Stimulator on the synthetic hair only as I applied to the hair because I feel that it made the twisting process smoother and it offered great hold without the flaking or sticky feel of most gels. The great thing about this hair and the process used is that there was no need to dip hair in water for the curly ends! Unlike kinky twists hair, afro bulk offers a more natural bounce back like no other as long as you twists all the way to the ends this will give you that natural look!
After a fresh wash,deep condition and a few hours of banding to stretch it a bit I began the braid down process using nothing but Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner on her hair and 100% Pure African Shea Butter on her scalp. I did not want a lot of product build up on her hair from the start so I kept it light as possible. The lady did suggest that it was best to braid her hair down with black yarn especially if the hair is a softer texture because this will give it more hold and last longer while protecting the hair even more but I decided to give it a try without the yarn this time since I didn’t really have that technique down yet. As you can see it all worked out well and look at the shine! I always braids a little lighter on the ends leaving a little bit of hair out so she wont loose any hair.
This is the end result! It took m about a week to get it done and that’s only because I had to stop so many time to attend to my infant, other mommy duties around the house etc. but i’m sure if it wasn’t for that I would of got done about 3 days tops. This style was so simple, I did not have to cut no hair in half at all and it only took 4 pks of hair. Since I didn’t get a chance to record the process it is hard to explain the process but I will post a video at the end that inspired me to do this style.
1. Taking each strand of hair without cutting It, folded it in half then put it on the crochet tool.
2. I took the crochet tool and put it under the braid, pulling only half of the hair to the other side making sure to keep the two parts separate.
3. As if I was twisting her own natural hair, I started twisting the hair making sure that I twisted all the way down to the ends. (this will give it a even more natural look)
4. Continuing this all over her head, I ended up putting more twists in the front than I had to for the rest of the head.
The 3 photos above are photos of my daughter after wearing this style for 1 month, my plan was to take it out at 2 months but I only left it in 1 more week and took it out for a good wash etc. plus so that I can be safe, we all know how harsh protective styles can be to our natural hair over long periods of time. As you can see hey style is still really nice and fresh, I can honestly say that this was one of those styles that looked better the longer it was in! This style was most definitely a 5 star***** winner for me and not only will I be doing this style again but I recommend it to be done on others as well especially children.
THIS IS HOW SHE WORE HER HAIR UP AT NIGHT.
The name of the channel for the lady who inspired me to try this style is MissSuperNaturalMe and the link to her channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/MissSupernaturalMe and I just love her personality and passion for what she does. she gives great tips on crochet styles and much more so check her out! Below im going to post a few videos related to the Super Natural Twists By Janette!
Well luvs, I hope that you enjoyed this post as much as I did sharing it with you all!!.. Remember feel free to comment below with any questions, advice, or any feedback that you would like to share. *Take Care*
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Have you ever tried the loc method with your natural hair? Well if you having trouble moisturing or even trouble with detangling and keeping that hair manageable then you should definitely try this method!…. Now remember results depends on hair texture and porosity but that doesnt mean it won’t work,it basically just mean you use more for thicker hair such as 4c and up hair types and less if hair is thinner or softer textures such as 3c and lower types. Its all about trial and error while learning what works for your hair or doesn’t. Read more about the LOC Method by clicking the link to the article below.
HALLOWEEN IS ALMOST HERE! That time of the year where you can be anybody you wanna be in the world, but why not make it unique and you all in one while showing off those amazing curls and coils!
NaturallyCurly.com has a few idea right here featured in one of there curly comics—->
Well goodbye summer and hello fall!!! Time to get our fall regimens and products together for those curls and coils….
Im not to thrilled myself because i just love the warmer months and early fall is OK but now its close to November which means here comes the SNOW and im so not looking forward to that cold dry weather mostly because of my hair, it gets very weak this time of the year! So im going to be on top of my game this year just like i was when i first went natural and get back to keeping my hair moisturized,detangled and protective styles mostly on my own hair to protect these ends until spring is near.
HAVING SUMMER FRIZZ????
READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT PRODUCTS THAT ACTUALLY DO WHAT THEY SAY AND YOU CAN USE TO MANAGE THE FRIZZ WITH YOUR NATURAL HAIR! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW IF YOU HAVE TRIED ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS OR IS INTERESTED AND WHY!
CLICK HERE—-> 10 Best Anti-Frizz Products.