We all know that salt water and chlorine infested waters are your hair’s worst enemies. But when its summer and vacation season has started, nobody in their right minds can keep themselves from jumping into the pool or the ocean. Jumping into water in the summer is as natural a concept as your hair. But then again, that doesn’t mean that we can enter the water and then come what may.
Here’s some tips on taking care of your hair, naturally whenever you go into the water.
This is what you need to de before you enter the water.
Everybody wets their hair before entering the water. The only problem is that most of us don’t know why we do it in the first place. And sometimes when the water looks too inviting, we might have forgotten this task. Wetting your hair before going in the pool or the ocean is vital as it allows your hair to absorb as much water as it can. This way there’ll be no more room for the saltwater or the chlorine water in there.
Do this especially if you have porous hair. Ensure that you take your shampoo and conditioner with you everywhere you go. Mix some conditioner in the water so that it is applied to your hair and protects it in the open seas.
Applying a little bit of oil to your hair will help lock the moisture in its place. It will also help prevent the salt water or the chlorine water from making their way into your hair shaft.
One of the worst things that happen to us when we enter the water is tangling. This happens almost every time that we go in. but you can minimize the chances of that happening by keeping your hair in a simple and protective style. Wear your hair in a bun with a flat twist or large single twists. This will help with the detangling and the washing afterwards.
The last thing you want to do is to go swimming with Box braids as they can get very heavy after retaining water.
Make sure that you wear a swimming cap so you can protect not just your hair but also your scalp. Too much chlorine, or sometimes just a little bit of it, can cause irritation and dryness which results in itching and inflammation. Have fun in the water!
As soon as you get out of the water, wash your hair. This should always be your priority number one as Chlorine and salt can really dry out your hair. Even if a little bit has seeped in, it could spell trouble for you.
Most shampoos have sulfates and silicone that although make a lovely lather on your head and create the psychological effect that something good is happening, but in reality, they dry your hair and irritate your scalp. Use natural shampoos to remove buildup on hair. Similarly use a natural conditioner to help replenish the moisture that might have been lost due to the Chlorine and the saltwater.
There you go folks! Just a little bit of preparation and you can have all the fun in the sun that you want. No need to sit beside the pool or the ocean and wistfully watching your friends have the time of their lives.